What's almost as much fun as watching the majestic humpback whales swimming, breaching and cavorting off the coast of Maui?
Answer: Viewing the awe-inspiring, large-scale photos of these incredible marine mammals at the Photo Tribute to the Whales, an exhibit of fine whale photography compiled by Pacific Whale Foundation. Located on the upper floor of the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops, this free exhibit is back after receiving rave reviews during its debut in 2012. It features works by noted whale photographers, including David Fleetham, Douglas Hoffman, Monica and Michael Sweet, and Herb Hartmann, along with photographs by Pacific Whale Foundation's naturalists and researchers.
The exhibit opens its doors on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a reception that's free and open to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served along with appetizers provided by Porto, the Mediterranean grill and flame-fired artisan pizza cafe located adjacent to the gallery.
View awe-inspiring, large-scale photos of these incredible marine mammals at the Photo Tribute to the Whales, an exhibit of fine whale photography compiled by Pacific Whale Foundation.
"We invite the public to come in, browse the exhibit and enjoy some refreshments," said Greg Kaufman, executive director at Pacific Whale Foundation. "Photographers from the exhibit will be on hand, to talk story about their photos and answer your questions about photographing whales in the wild."
Starting on Sunday, Jan. 27, the exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Photo Tribute to the Whales opening reception is the first event of the 2013 Maui Whale Festival. The 2013 Maui Whale Festival continues through March, and features Maui's Parade of Whales and World Whale Day on Saturday, Feb. 16; Maui's Run and Walk for the Whales on Saturday, Febr. 2; the Great Whale Count on Saturday, Feb. 23, plus free talks, special whale watch hikes, special cruises and opportunities to learn more about the whales.
Details can be found at www.mauiwhalefestival.org. For additional information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811, ext. 1.