Whale Tales 2018 Presents: Family Day – Science, Art and Technology for Conservation
12th Annual Whale Tales features four days of expert presentations, guided whale watches, films, an education/art expo, and Whale Tales Family Day.
Dayna Garland, Event Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MAUI, HI – On President’s Day (Monday, February 19th) Whale Tales will feature the first Whale Tales Family Day, presented by Whale Trust and The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Join Whale Tales presenters, local conservation organizations, special guests, and the Whale Trust team for a day of learning and epic cinematography! With three films and hands-on learning stations for kids and adults alike, this will be a memorable and educational day that you won’t want to miss.
• A special Family Day Whale Watch, sponsored by Hawaii Ocean Project, features hands-on education stations and a whale watch curated by Whale Trust naturalists starting at 9:30 am. Only 100 tickets available for this unique, family friendly whale watch.
• Paint life-sized flukes with Whale Trust naturalists and learn the story of how humpbacks get the unique markings on the undersides of their tails from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.
• Enjoy shore-based whale watches with Whale Trust naturalists at The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.
• Experience hands-on education opportunities in science, art, and technology presented by Maui Ocean Center, Surfrider, Trilogy Excursions, Oceanwide Science Institute, and Whale Trust beginning at 10:30 am.
• Plunge into the Pacific Ocean with researchers and cinematographers and experience some of the ocean’s dazzling creatures for the first time on the big screen. Originally featured on PBS, Big Pacific series features humpbacks in Hawaii and was filmed by a team of top cinematographers including Whale Trust’s Jason Sturgis.
• MacGillivray Freeman Films Dream Big is the first giant-screen film to answer the call of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative, which aims to inspire kids to become the innovators who will improve the lives of people and animals across our entire planet.
• In 2015, Dr. Joseph Mobley (University of Hawaii at Manoa) and Jill Mickelsen (Hawaii Ocean Project) collaborated with crews from Silverback Films and Disneynature to film stunning aerial and underwater footage in the waters around Maui for Disneynature’s Dolphins. The film is set to be released on Earth Day 2018. Whale Tales is pleased to present a unique behind-the-scenes preview of the epic film footage that features Hawaii’s humpbacks.
FAMILY DAY SCHEDULE
9:00 am – 10:30 am Fluke Painting and Activity, Sunset Terrace
Shore-based Whale Watching Q&A, Shoreline
9:30 am – 11:30 am Family Day Whale Watch, Sponsored by Hawaii Ocean Project
10:30 am – 3:00 pm Hands-on Education Stations Open
11:30 am – 12:45 pm Big Pacific as featured on PBS with special introduction by cinematographer, Jason Sturgis
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MacGillivray Freeman’s Dream Big: Engineering our World
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm The Filming of Disneynature’s Dolphins presented by Dr. Joe Mobley and Jill Mickelsen
Whale Tales 2018 will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (daily presentations) and Monday at The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa (Family Day). Presentations are open to the public. A $20.00 per day donation is encouraged to support whale research in Hawaii. For a full schedule, registration and to purchase whale watch tickets, visit www.whaletales.org.
About Whale Trust:
Whale Trust 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 research programs focus on exploring the natural communication, behavior patterns, and social organization of whales. But Whale Trust seeks to do more than fund groundbreaking field research on our earth’s largest marine mammals. Results from Whale Trust 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 hopes to inspire. For more information, visit www.whaletrust.org.