10th annual whale tales february 12-15, 2016, at the ritz-carlton, kapalua

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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) researcher Jason Sturgis filming friendly whale, Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii – Notice must accompany publication: Photo obtained under NMFS Permit

Whales bring wonder and awe into our island life. Immerse Yourself in the Wonder of Whales this President’s Day weekend. Join international research organization Whale Trust Maui for its 10th Annual Whale Tales event, and learn about whales from top international scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and conservationists. Whale Tales is a four-day educational event, full of presentations, a film premiere, benefit whale watches led by presenters, ocean activities, and opportunities to network with world- renowned personalities in whale research.




Friday, February 12
7:30am ­– 12pm

Benefit Whale Watches & Ocean Activities

12:30pm – 5:30pm
Education and Art Expo, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

2pm – 5:30pm

Presentations & Book Signing with Chuck Nicklin, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Saturday, February 13
7:30am – 12pm

Benefit Whale Watches and Ocean Activities

12pm – 5pm

Education and Art Expo
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua 1pm – 5pm

Presentations, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Sunday, February 14
7:30am – 12pm

Benefit Whale Watches and Ocean Activities

12pm – 5pm

Education and Art Expo
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua 1pm – 5pm

Presentations, Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua


Special Screening of Humpback Whales 3D

Presented by MacGillivray Freeman Films at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

Monday, February 15
7:30am – 6:30pm

Benefit Whale Watches and Ocean Activities

Event highlights

  • Featuring the Maui premiere of the new IMAX film, Humpback Whales 3D, which was filmed largely on Maui and features several research groups, including Whale Trust Maui. This is the only chance to see this film on Maui.
  • Event will showcase new research highlighting the long-term social relationships that humpback whales form in feeding grounds (30+ years!) and new insights into the relationships of individual whales from Alaska and Hawai‘i.
  • Event organizers will be showing footage of recently published research illustrating humpback whales guarding seals and other species from attacks by killer whales.
  • Unveiling new research looking at how the humpback whale song travels and changes over space and time — across the Pacific Ocean — from the Philippines and Japan to Hawai‘i to Mexico.
  • Retrospective of the career of Emmy Award-winning underwater cinematographer and photographer, Chuck Nicklin, accompanying the release of his new book, Camera Man, which details his 60+ year career in underwater photography, diving, and filmmaking (The Abyss, For Your Eyes Only, Never Say Never Again).
  • Best-selling author Susan Casey will be featured sharing stories from her new book, Voices in the Ocean.
  • Looking at how recovering humpback populations are affecting the environment;
  • New insights and research into the history of whaling in Hawaiian waters

Attendees will enjoy FREE admission to all presentations ($20 daily suggested donation is gratefully accepted), and can join benefit whale watches and various ocean activities throughout the weekend. The new film, Humpback Whales 3D, will enjoy its Maui premiere on Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm, which will be open to the public.

Whale Tales is hosted annually by Whale Trust Maui, a non-profit dedicated to whale research and education. Funds raised at Whale Tales support whale research efforts in the Hawaiian Islands. Beneficiaries of this year’s event include Whale Trust Maui, Keiki Kohola Project, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Oceanwide Science Institute, and Hawaii Whale Research Foundation.

Contact Whale Trust Maui via email at info@whaletrust.org or call 808-572-5700 and visit WhaleTrust.org for a schedule of activities, sponsorship information, and program updates


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