Whale Tales 2016
February 12-15, 2016
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui

Whales bring wonder and awe into our island life. Come learn about whales from top international scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and conservationists at the 10th Annual Whale Tales event in West Maui!

Whale Tales is a four-day educational event, full of presentations, receptions, whale watches led by presenters, and opportunities to network with world- renowned personalities in whale research. View or lineup of presenters, artists, and special guests here.

PARKING: Parking at Whale Tales is FREE for event participants at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, but you will need to get your parking ticket validated at the Whale Tales registration table. Come see us — we’ve got you covered!

Note: online sales for the benefit whale watches are now closed. You may visit us at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua after 12:30pm each day to purchase any remaining whale watch tickets in person. Mahalo!



7:30 – 12:00       Benefit Whale Watches and Ocean Activities (Book early!)
12:30 – 5:30       Education & Art Expo
2:00 – 2:30        Welcome and Blessing
2:30 – 3:15         MARTY WOLFF AND FRIENDS, The Wondrous World of Whales
3:15 – 3:30         Break
3:30– 4:15          FLIP NICKLIN, Among Giants: A Life with Whales 2.0
4:15 – 5:00         CHUCK NICKLIN, Camera Man: A Life of Adventure
5:00 – 5:30        Book Signing With Chuck Nicklin


7:30 – 12:00      Benefit Whale Watches and Ocean Activities
12:00 – 5:00      Education & Art Expo
12:00 – 12:30     Lunch Series: Films from the Field with Hawaii Whale Research Foundation, Jill Mickelson
1:00 – 1:45         JIM DARLING, Humpback Songs Across the Pacific
1:45 – 2:30         SUSAN CASEY, Voices in the Ocean
2:30 – 3:00        Book Signing with Susan Casey
3:00 – 3:45        RALPH LEE HOPKINS, Great Voyages: Expeditions to the World’s Wild Places and The Stories                                 Behind the Images
3:45 – 4:30         JOHN MORAN, Hawaii’s Humpbacks: What Are They Doing in Alaska?
4:30 – 5:00        FRED SHARPE and KENNETH O’BRIEN, In Search of Hawaii’s Ancient Cetacean Communities


7:30 – 12:00      Benefit Whale Watches and Ocean Activities
12:00 – 5:00      Education & Art Expo
1:00 – 1:30         ED LYMAN, Whale 911: Training Responders in Entanglement Response
1:30 – 2:00        JONATHAN STERN, The Use of Novel Techniques to Assess Environmental Change Impacts on                               Whales
2:00 – 2:30        BETH GOODWIN AND OLGA VON ZIEGESAR, Humpback Whales are Not as Independent as                                 We Once Thought…Social Bonds Change Everything!
2:30 – 2:45        Last Bid for Auction Items
2:45 – 3:30        THE FUTURE OF WHALE RESEARCH featuring Yaiyr Astudillo-Scalia, Merra Howe, Maurcio                               Cantor and Lauren Shoemaker
3:30 – 4:45        Maui Movie Premiere “HUMPBACK WHALES” presented by Greg MacGillivray, MacGillivray                                     Freeman Films – Q and A Following with Greg MacGillivray, Fred Sharpe, Ed Lyman, Jason                                         Sturgis, and Meagan Jones
4:45 – 5:00         Closing Ceremonies and Auction Winners


All Day                Benefit Whale Watches and Ocean Activities


* Presentations, Expos, and book signing will all take place at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
* To support Whale Tales, please consider a $20 suggested attendance donation per day

Mahalo to our generous sponsors for making this event possible.

The 2016 Beneficiaries of Whale Tales include:
Hawaii Whale Research Foundation
Keiki Kohola Project
Large Whale Disentanglement Program, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Oceanwide Science Institute
Whale Trust Maui

Attendees will enjoy free admission to all presentations ($20 daily suggested donation gratefully accepted), and can join benefit whale watches throughout the weekend. The new film, Humpback Whales, will enjoy its Maui premiere on Sunday afternoon, which will be open to the public for a suggested $10 donation.

Contact Whale Trust at info [at] whaletrust [dot] org or 808-572-5700 for more information about the event and sponsorships.

Whale Tales 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities:

Click to view Individual Sponsorship Packages

Whale Tales is right around the corner and we are excited to announce our 2016 sponsorship opportunities! Sponsors will receive several exciting opportunities including invitations to private receptions, early registration for whale watches, and so much more! Click the link above to review our 10th anniversary sponsorships. Last year’s Whale Tales was a huge success, thanks to our generous 2015 event sponsors.

Seeking Volunteers! Whale Tales Planning Committee

If you are interested in becoming more involved in the planning of Whale Tales, please contact Meagan Jones at mjones [at] whaletrust [dot] org for more information on how you can join our 2016 Planning Committee. We need help with sponsorships, fundraising and procurement, volunteers, exhibitors, receptions, education, production and logistics. Applications are due by August 1, 2016.

Donate to the Greg Brown Memorial Fund

Captain Greg Brown was a great champion of whales and he loved sharing that love and passion for whales with others. To help ensure his legacy is carried on, we have established the Greg Brown Memorial Fund. All donations received in his memory will go towards sponsoring a presenter at Whale Tales – our annual educational event dedicated to sharing what we are learning about whales with others.