February 23, 2013 | Scott Innes
The Maui community and island visitors came together on Saturday, February 16th to celebrate World Whale Day and to honor the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter. Mayor Alan Arakawa gave the opening speech following the parade. The theme of the day was protecting and restoring our oceans. It was an all-day event beginning with the parade followed by the event at Kalama Park with live entertainment on two stages, food by Maui restaurants, and a Made on Maui artisans fair.

Kalapana performed on stage, along with Willie K, Ekolu, Marty Dread, Erin Smith and the Throwdowns, plus the KPOA Maui Allstar Band with Ekolu Kalama, joined by KPOA DJs and musicians Alaka’i Paleka, Kaena Brown and Shane Kahalehau. It was fun and entertaining day for all.
Marty Dread
Local reggae star Marty Dread has performed around the world with such greats as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and reggae legend Pato Banton. Marty’s 1992 release, “Wicked Wahine,” sold out as a cassette single and skyrocketed to the top of the Hawaiian charts. Three of Marty Dread’s songs were featured in the international motion picture release, “Maui Heat”— still seen on television screens around the world. His recent albums, “Keiki Reggae” and “On the Beach,” were each nominated for “Best Reggae Album of the Year” at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.


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