Humans welcome whales with song, prayer, dance, poetry

  • John Steinhorst / The Garden Island

    Nearly 100 people attended the Welcome the Whales Celebration, along with representatives from Surfrider Foundation and Kohola Leo, Saturday at Kealia.

  • John Steinhorst / The Garden Island

    Nine-year-old Lila Cabagnols of Kilauea welcomes the winds and the whales at Kealia Saturday.

  • John Steinhorst / The Garden Island

    Renee Janton plays flute while Kimmie Sadayama recites poetry in honor of the whales.

  • John Steinhorst / The Garden Island

    Ya Quddus, Makaya Kaduce, Kalasara Setaysha and Omaharr blow conch and horns at Kealia to start the celebration welcoming the whales.

KEALIA — The whales have returned to Hawaii, and 100 people welcomed them back on Saturday at the Kealia Bluff Lookout by sharing songs, poems, prayers and whale stories at an open mic event.

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