Whale Tales, an annual educational fundraising event that features presentations, receptions and whale watches, will take place from Friday to Monday in West Maui.
Presentations will include some of the latest findings on social, behavioral and conservation topics related to whales and their natural environment, according to a news release.
Highlights of Whale Tales 2014 are to include: seven-time Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall showing excerpts and discussing their underwater IMAX movies; Ralph Lee Hopkins, director of photography for National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions sharing some of his greatest adventures; and, in honor of Valentine's Day, National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin and cinematographer Jason Sturgis showing some of their favorite underwater footage of dancing humpbacks.
"Whales bring thousands of people and millions of dollars to the economy in Hawaii alone each year," says Whale Trust Maui Executive Director, Meagan Jones. "Whale Tales gives residents and visitors the unique opportunity to experience whales firsthand with the experts - the people that have dedicated their lives to studying them - and to give back in meaningful ways by supporting the research community to continue their important work."
Presentations are free and open to the public Saturday and Sunday at The Maui Theatre in Lahaina. Benefit whale watches with the experts will take place throughout the weekend, with morning whale watches daily and excursions all day Monday.
Whale Tales 2014 sponsorship packages and VIP passes, which include premium seating and private reception tickets, can be purchased in advance at whaletrustmaui.org or by calling 572-5700.
For more information, visit whaletrustmaui.org.