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HTA Spotlight: Maui's World Whale Day

With whale-watching season in full-swing, the HTA would like to spotlight the Pacific Whale Foundation’s World Whale Day, one of Maui’s most popular events, taking place on Feb. 18.  It honors the humpback whales that migrate to Maui each winter to mate, give birth and care for newborn calves. 

World Whale Day is one of 100 projects funded under the HTA’s 2012 County Project Enrichment Program (CPEP). Since 2002, the HTA has been working to support and diversify Hawaii’s tourism product by developing new and enhancing existing community-based events, experiences and projects.

“The HTA’s CPEP awards aim to help create an enriching experience for residents and visitors of Hawaii,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority. “We are dedicated to helping to protect and preserve the rich marine environment surrounding the Hawaiian Islands that draws the humpback whales year after year, creating a unique experience for our residents and visitors who travel from all over the globe to witness the beautiful and rare creatures in their natural habitats.”

The official launch of this year’s World Whale Day will begin with the Parade of Whales at 9 a.m., followed by live entertainment featuring popular Hawaii recording artists and hula. There will also be food booths, a children's carnival and whale displays.

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