Posted on: January 5, 2012

Public Invited to Opening Night Reception of New Whale Photo Exhibit

As part of the Maui Whale Festival, Pacific Whale Foundation is inviting the public to a gala reception celebrating the opening of the new "Tribute to the Whales" photography exhibit in Ma'alaea.

The reception will take place on Friday, January 27, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Photo Tribute to the Whales exhibit, which will be on display indoors at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. The Harbor Shops are located on Route 30, Honoapi'ilani Highway, next to Maui Ocean Center. Admission is free, to both the reception and the exhibit.
The Tribute to the Whales exhibit will feature works by professional wildlife photographers Monica and Michael Sweet, Douglas Hoffman, David Fleetham and several Pacific Whale Foundation member photographers, including Herb Hartmann and Dale Walsh. It will also include photos taken by Pacific Whale Foundation's researchers and staff, including photography by naturalist Daimar Tamarack and Greg Kaufman, Founder and President of Pacific Whale Foundation.
The reception will offer opportunities to meet the photographers, talk story about whales and enjoy refreshments. Soft drinks and pupu will be provided by Porto, a new artisan pizzeria featuring flame-fired handcrafted pizzas, also located at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops.
Following the opening night reception, the Tribute to the Whales Exhibit will be open to the public daily, from January 28 to February 29, 2012, at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. The exhibit hours will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free.
"The camera can capture details about whales that the eye simply cannot," says Greg Kaufman. "These stunning and extraordinary photo let you inspect whales more closely than you ever could in the wild."
"By viewing these photos, you will gain a more insightful understanding of these these incredible 40-ton leviathans," said Kaufman. "Most of all, you'll be treated to the beauty of some of the largest animals on the planet, photographed in their ocean home."
For those who aspire to take professional quality whale photos, Pacific Whale Foundation is also offering a weekly Whale Photo Safari Cruise on Sunday mornings from January 8 through May 13. These at-sea workshops provide hands-on training on capturing great whale images with whatever digital camera you currently own and are suitable for beginning and advanced photographers. You'll learn to get the best results from whatever camera you currently own. The Whale Photo Safari Cruises take place on Pacific Whale Foundation’s new raft, Ocean Freedom, offering great water level photography of whales. They depart at 9:15 am from Lahaina Harbor and return at 12:15 pm. Price is $99.95
per person. Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Visit or call Pacific Whale Foundation for reservations and information at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
The Photo Tribute to the Whales and Whale Photo Safari Cruises are just some of the many events of the Maui Whale Festival, which runs from late November through mid-April. The Maui Whale Festival celebrates and honors the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to Maui each winter. Maui is the principal mating and calving area of North Pacific humpback whales in the United States. It is the place of new beginnings for the next generation of whales. Through fun and educational events, the Maui Whale Festival raises awareness about these cherished marine mammals and inspires the public to care for the
vital and unique whale habitat encompassed by the four islands of Maui County. For information, please visit or call (808) 249-8811.
About Pacific Whale Foundation
Pacific Whale Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
dedicated to protecting our oceans through science and advocacy.
Through educational whalewatches and ocean ecotours, Pacific Whale
Foundation educates the public about the ocean and also raises money
for its research, education and conservation programs. These programs
include humpback whale research projects in Hawai’i, Australia,
Ecuador, Tonga and other parts of the Pacific, as well as studies of
odontocetes (toothed whales and dolphins) off the coasts of Maui and
Lana’i. Pacific Whale Foundation also provides marine education
programs and environmental learning field trips for thousands of local
schoolchildren on Maui, and works on numerous marine conservation
issues. To learn more, visit or call (808)