HEY WHALES: THIS IS YOUR LIFE

Whale Quest 2014 - Courtesy Whale Trust copyKAPALUA—Humpback whales, some 10,000 who visit Maui and patrol Kaanapali Beach annually, will have their life stories told by some of the world’s leading whale researchers during four days of special events over the weekend at the 10th annual Whale Tales the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.

Through films, unique underwater photography and lively presentations the public will be able to get better acquainted with these mammoth creatures of the deep, including their journey here from Alaska, how they birth and care for their young and how they communicate with each other along the West Maui coast.

The non-profit Whale Trust Maui will kick off the special events with an appearance by Chuck Nicklin, father of award-winning photographer and co founder of Whale Trust Maui Flip Nicklin.

Attendees will be able to talk story with NIcklin during a signing of his new book “On Camera” from 2 to 5:30 p.m Friday. Nicklin first came to Maui to shoot whales 40 years ago and has been a cinemaphotographer for many Hollywood movies.

Also on hand to talk story will be Whale Trust Co co-founder Jim Darling who made headlines recently with his discovery of mysterious whale sounds barely audible to the human ear.

Other top researchers who will be giving presentations and talking story on whale watches include Dr. Fred Sharpe, Alaska Whale Foundation; Ed Lyman, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary; Kenneth O Brian, Alaska Whale Foundation; Dr. Jonathan Stern, San Francisco State University; Olga von Ziegesar of Eye of the Whale and Merra Howe, University of Hawaii Manoa, Oceanwide Science Institute.

In addition to the prominent speakers, another highlight will be the premier and only Maui showing of a much heralded I-Max film with spectacular images of whales in Maui waters at the Ritz at 3:30 p.m. Sunday..

Visitors and residents will be able to mingle with the experts and hear about the antics of whales and learn about the their annual journey from Alaska to the Kaanapali area, how they birth and take care of thier young and how they communicate through “whale songs.”

One session will include a talk about a discovery how large number of whales come to the defense of other whales and even seals under attack by killer whales

Attendance is free but a donation to Whale Trust to support research is suggested. Whale Watches with top researchers on board will offer insights on whales will be available for a fee.

Whale Tales is hosted annually by Whale Trust Maui, a non-profit dedicated to whale research and education. Funds raised at Whale Tales support whale research efforts in the Hawaiian Islands.

Research led by Whale Trust Maui scientists has been featured in documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic International, National Public Radio, theToday show, PBS, NHK (Japanese National Broadcasting).

Meagan Jones Gray who co-founded Whale Trust with Flip NIcklin and Jim Darling studies the birthing habits of whales and teaches a course in marine biology at UH in Kahului. She and colleagues are working on establishing a marine biology curriculum.

Contact Whale Trust Maui at info@whaletrust.org or 808-572-5700 and visit WhaleTrustMaui.org for a schedule of activities, sponsorship information, and program updates.

50TH NFL CONCUSSION BOWL: WHAT IS IT LIKE TO WATCH IT ON KAANAPALI, MAUI

superbowl - 1Ka’anapali..The 50th annual Concussion Bowl, otherwise known as the Superbowl, packs them in at the Westin Kaanapali Villas. How many players on the field will one day suffer from dementia? No one knows.

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WESTIN MAUI FAILS GOOD TASTE TEST…SIxth Informational Photo of the Month

Ka’anapali One thing that keeps paradise paradise is that we not go in for garishness. Billboards are banned on our highways for that reason. This sign along the beach path advertising a craft fair may well violate Kaanapali Bach Assn. guidelines. Smaller and in good taste would ge the same resut.westin fair - 1
Another award for bad taste should go to the company that has added a garish japanese tourists bus to our roads. The bus may be appropriate in glitzy commercial Waikiki where it originated but it has no place.

VOICES OF MAUI HAS UPLOADED HUNDREDS OF POSTS CELEBRATING KA’ANAPALI BUT SOMETIMES OFFERS JOURNALISTIC-BASED COMMENTARY ON THINGS THAT DESERVE ATTENTION.

WHAT HAPPENED 76 YEARS AGO ON MAUI THAT IMPACTED THE USA Fifth provocative photo of the month.

Lahaina–Amid what are now antique autos, sailors flocked to Lahaina to prepare for possible war year before Pearl Harbor.
Thousands of troops would later be trained on Maui to do battle in the Pacific. lahaina 1940 - 1
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MONKEYS IN HAWAII: Fourth Beautiful photo of the Month


OLOWALU, HI, FEB 4–There is a species of monkey that thrives in Hawaii but it does not have two legs. It’s a monkeypod, a majestic tree that forms aa canopy over Honopiilani Highway here. These trees are endangered if a planned development goes through as will the nearby reefs. VOICES OF MAUI 25,000 DIGITAL PHOTO COLLECTION. MONKEYPOD

MAUI IS NOT A LABORATORY: 2nd Provocative Photo of the Month

Lahaina, Feb. 2–A message for Monsanto, vilified by the shaka movement for experimenting with GMO’s on our pristine island.  VOICES OF MAUI TALK STORY LLC 25,000 digital photo collecetion.aina 1 - 1

READING AND WATER MIX: First Feb. Provocative photo

Ka’anapali, Feb 1–Yes, reading and water do mix–that is if you hold the book high over a swimming pool and turn the page without a wet hand.  A scene not seen very often at resort pools in West Maui.  Makes an author thankful that reading can trump swimming as a fun activity. reader - 1

WHAT IS CHRISTIAN HULA? TODAY’S DAILY PHOTO

christian hula  - 1 (1)KA’ANAPALI, JAN 31==Mark Twain once referred to hula as licdntious. Not Christian hula which generally is danced to religious song whose graceful motions celebrate Christianity.
Dancer and pastor at the Church on the Go in Kaanapali close the service with Christian hula. Voices of Maui Talk Story, Llc 20,000 digital photo collection WATCH FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF MY NW VOICES OF MAUI BEYOND HE BEACH BOOK SOON.

SATURDAY RUSH HOUR: POST 2

Ka’anapali–Latest in the 25,000 digital photo collection o Voices of Maui Talk Story, LLC. rush hour  beach - 1

TURTLE TIME: photo of the day Kaanapali

turtlefans1128Kaanapali–Crowd watches release of turtle from Maui Ocean Center a couple of years ago. Turtles can occasionally be found in nearby waters but they are protected do not touch.

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