World Whale Day, one of Maui’s most popular events, is set for 9am Saturday with the Parade of Whales. If you’re looking for something different to do on your visit, you should check out the free, all-day celebration. There will be entertainment, food, rides for the kids, an artisans’ fair and a silent auction.

World Whale Day is part of the six-month Maui Whale Festival, which began last November and runs through May 2012. The festival honors the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to Maui each winter to mate and spawn.

The Parade of Whales is the official launch of World Whale Day. It begins at Alanui Keali’i Drive, travels along South Kihei Road past Kalama Park and ends at Kihei Public Library. The parade is followed by entertainment from some of Hawaii’s top recording stars on two stages starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 7:30 p.m. World Whale Day takes place at Kalama Park, across from Foodland on South Kihei Road. Last year more than 18,000 Maui residents and visitors attended.

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