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This weekend, March 1st and 2nd and next weekend as well, marks Dana Point's Festival of Whales' 43rd Anniversary. Numerous seashore activities around the harbor are scheduled with music, food, art exhibits and cultural activities. Of course, there will be ocean excursions and whale watching to top things off.

If you've ever whale watched in Lahaina, Maui, then you might want to do the road trip down to Dana Point on Saturday, March 1st. You will not only get to whale watch, but, you will be immersed into the Hawaiian culture as well at the Baby Beach location along the west side of the harbor.

This is where Polynesian Connection has set up a day full of cultural dance, music, food and crafts. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. you will be a part of a Lahaina- like reverie during whale watching season. Ever husked a coconut? You'll be able to if you pay attention during that demonstration, or ever paddled an outrigger canoe? Jump in when they begin that demonstration.

The Hula will be on beautiful display during Leinani Hula Hui'ana's performance that day. The Samoan and Tahitian dance forms will also be performed and don't miss the awesome 'fire knife' demonstration. Remember that song, 'I am going to a Hukilau?' Well, you can take part in a Hukilau on Saturday.

Children will love being there with all the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of the event. Make it a family outing if you dare.

No children? Then hang around for the evening's luau at the OC Sailing and Events Center from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Formal luau menu and professional entertainment are yours to experience. Tickets are $50 and benefit HALO/Dance for Autism.

For more information: (949) 973-7281, or email: polyconnfestival@gmail.com

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