Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Maui Whale Festival Presents "Whales Under the Stars":

MA'ALAEA, MAUI, HI -- A free outdoor presentation titled "Whales Under the Stars" will be offered by Pacific Whale Foundation as part of the Maui Whale Festival on Friday, February 14 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Kalama Park in Kihei. The public is invited.

The presentation will include thrilling videos and dramatic photos of whales shown on a large screen, with commentary by Greg Kaufman, the founder and Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation and author of numerous books, scientific and popular publications. A pioneer in noninvasive humpback whale research in the mid-1970s, Kaufman has studied whales for more than 35 years in Hawaii, Australia, Ecuador, Tonga and other parts of the Pacific.

By the Stage on the Ball Field at Kalama Park
"This is a fun and interesting way to spend part of what we call 'Whale-entine's Day' at the peak of whalewatching season on Maui," says Kaufman. "We'll be using the big stage, sound system and seating that will be at Kalama Park for World Whale Day the following day."

Kaufman is widely acknowledged as an innovator and leader in marine ecotourism. Kaufman is also a world leader in addressing whale protection issues, and is an Invited Participant to the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee, serves on the Hawaiian Island Humpback National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee, and recently co-led the United Nations Environmental Programme's Regional Workshop on Marine Mammal Watching in the Wider Caribbean Region.

"I'll be sharing dramatic footage from Pacific Whale Foundation's research in Australia, Ecuador, Chile and Hawaii, news about whale protection efforts around the world, and the latest findings about these magnificent animals," says Kaufman. "It's a great way to get a closer look at whales and enjoy a starry night at the park."

Food and Drinks for Sale
Artisan pizza from Porto Mediterranean Grill and Pizzeria will be available for sale, along with soft drinks.

A limited number of chairs will be available for use at no charge or attendees can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. If you wish to reserve a chair seat, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6 am and 9 pm daily.

Pacific Whale Foundation is a nonprofit international organization dedicated to protecting our oceans through science and advocacy. To learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation, please visit www.pacificwhale.org.

The Maui Whale Festival continues through March. To learn more about the Maui Whale Festival events, please visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org.

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