As part of the Maui Whale Festival, Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) invites the public to a gala reception celebrating the opening of the new "Photo Tribute to the Whales" exhibit in Ma'alaea.
The reception will take place on Friday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 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 Honoapi'ilani Highway next to Maui Ocean Center. Admission is free, to both the reception and the exhibit.
The Photo Tribute to the Whales exhibit will feature works by professional wildlife photographers Monica and Michael Sweet, Douglas and Meiko Hoffman, David Fleetham and several PWF member photographers, including Herb Hartmann and Dale Walsh. It will also include photos taken by PWF's researchers and naturalists, including photography by Greg Kaufman, founder and president of PWF.
Pacific Whale Foundation invites the public to a gala reception on Friday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. celebrating the opening of the new “Photo Tribute to the Whales” exhibit at the Ma‘alaea Harbor Shops.
Photo: Pacific Whale Foundation
"The camera can capture details about whales that the eye simply cannot," said 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 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."
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 Photo Tribute to the Whales Exhibit will be open to the public daily, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 29, at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. The exhibit hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
For those who aspire to take professional quality whale photos, PWF is also offering a weekly Whale Photo Safari Cruise on Sunday mornings from 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 PWF's new raft, Ocean Freedom, offering great water level photography of whales. They depart at 9:15 a.m from Lahaina Harbor and return at 12:15 p.m. ($99.95 per person). Book online and save 10 percent. PWF members save 20 percent. Visit www.pacificwhale.org or call PWF 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. 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 www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call (808) 249-8811.