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MAUI, HI Feb. 8, 2017 – International whale research organization Whale Trust Maui invites the public to the 11th Annual Whale Tales event at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

Over four days, renowned scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and conservationists will come together for presentations, whale watches, two films, a live auction and an education/art expo. More than 15,000 people have attended the event since 2006 and contributed more than $500,000 to whale research around Hawaii.

Presentations are free and open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons at The Ritz-Carlton. A $20.00 per day donation is encouraged to support Whale Tales’ beneficiaries.

Ocean activities begin Monday February 20 and continue through the week. The Education and Art Expo runs throughout the weekend, featuring hands-on learning opportunities with local nonprofit organizations, marine photography and art displays, and showcases from local businesses. Benefit whale watches with the experts are held throughout the weekend, with daily whale watches each morning and all day on Monday, February 27. Tickets start at $30 per person for whale watches and ocean activities. For specific information and to book your tickets visit whaletales.org.

The event will once again feature a special screening of the award-winning film “Humpback Whales,” featuring Whale Trust Maui researchers Meagan Jones and Jim Darling. Director Greg MacGillivray, will also be on hand to present his newest film “National Parks Adventure.”

Whale Tales is hosted annually by Whale Trust Maui, a nonprofit dedicated to whale research and education. This year’s presenting sponsors include Makana Aloha Foundation, MacGillivray Freeman Films/One World One Ocean, Pacific Life Foundation, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, Bendon Family Foundation, and Mark and Judy Ellman and their Mala, Honu and Frida’s restaurants.

Whale tales 2017

Below is a schedule of events. For further information or to schedule interviews, please visit www.whaletales.org or contact Dayna Garland at 808-572-5700.


Monday, February 20
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Whale Tales Family Day Whale Watch with Uncle Wayne

Wednesday, February 22
11:00 am – 1:00 pm VIP Luncheon prepared by Mark Ellman in honor of Whale Tales Presenter Denise Herzing

Thursday, February 23
7:30 am – 9:30 am  Whale Tales Stand Up Paddle

Friday, February 24
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Education and Art Expo
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Presentations at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Saturday, February 25
7:30 am – 12:30 pm Benefit Whale Watches with the Experts
12:30 pm – 5:30 pm Education and Art Expo
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Presentations & Book Signing with Dr. Robin Baird,
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Sunday, February 26
7:30 am – 10:30 am Benefit Whale Watches with the Experts
11:30 am – 12:30 pm MacGillivray Freeman Films presents Humpback Whales,
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm Education and Art Expo
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Presentations & Book Signing with Dr. Hal Whitehead,
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Maui Premier of National Parks Adventure
Presented by MacGillivray Freeman Films
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Monday, February 27
7:30 am – 6:30 pm Benefit Whale Watches

* To support the beneficiaries of Whale Tales, please consider a $20 suggested attendance donation per day. Pre-registration is encouraged at whaletales.org.

Robin Baird, Ph.D., Cascadia Research Collective
Rachel Cartwright, Ph.D., The Keiki Kohola Project
Denise Herzing, Ph.D., Wild Dolphin Project
Anke Kuegler, University of Hawaii Manoa
Ed Lyman, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Greg MacGillivray, MacGillivray Freeman Films
Ralph Pace, Freelance Underwater Photographer
Daniel Palacios, Ph.D., Marine Mammal Institute
Robert Pitman, Ph.D., U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service
Hal Whitehead, Ph.D., Author of The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins

With Special Guests:
Dr. Jim Darling, Whale Trust Maui
Dr. Meagan Jones Gray, Whale Trust Maui
Flip Nicklin, Whale Trust Maui and National Geographic Photographer
Jason Sturgis, Whale Trust Maui

Featured Artists and Photographers:
Kate Eiffler, Ceramics
Douglas Hoffman, Photography
Chelsea Kohl, Digital Art
Marty Wolff, Photography

Event highlights include:
• Family Day Whale Watch aboard the Maui Princess on Monday, February 20th featuring Uncle Wayne and education stations for kids inside the ferry.

• Double feature Sunday, February 26th. MacGillivray Freeman films will present its new film, National Parks Adventure. This is the only opportunity to see this film on Maui. Plus, a special return screening of Humpback Whales,which was filmed largely on Maui and features several research groups, including Whale Trust Maui.

• Stand Up for Whales, a guided stand-up paddle tour on Thursday, February 23rd hosted by Jodelle Fitzwater and Miranda Camp and sponsored by Raw Elements.

• Denise Herzing, who has spent more than 30 years studying Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas.  Her efforts to communicate with them were the focus of her 2013 TED Talk.

• New insights into the cultural lives of whales and dolphins. Hal Whitehead sharing how whales and dolphins, like humans, learn behavior from one another.

• Insights from author of the new book The Lives of Hawai’I’s Dolphins and Whales, Robin Baird, into how and what we’ve learned about the 11 species that live in the oasis of the Hawaiian Islands, including acoustics, photo-identification, genetics, and satellite tagging.

Whale Tales 2017 sponsorship packages include VIP passes, premium seating, private reception tickets, and a complimentary whale watch with Flip Nicklin ($500 and above). Other whale watches can be purchased in advance at www.whaletales.org or by calling (808) 572-5700.

For more information, visit www.whaletales.org. The Whale Tales 2017 Facebook event – with latest updates – is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1783729661893079

About Whale Trust Maui: Whale Trust Maui is a Maui-based non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, support, and conduct scientific research on whales and the marine environment, and broadly communicate the findings to the public. Its founders are passionate scientists and explorers who believe that science—the quest for answers to the most intriguing questions about our natural world—lies at the heart of environmental education and conservation. Whale Trust Maui’s research programs focus on exploring the natural communication, behavior patterns, and social organization of whales. But Whale Trust Maui seeks to do more than fund groundbreaking field research on our earth’s largest marine mammals. Results from Whale Trust Maui’s field research are the basis for a broader program of outreach and education that involve the public, educators, and a new generation of researchers whom Whale Trust Maui hopes to inspire. For more information, visit www.whaletrust.org.


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