This February, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will see scientists, photographers, conservationists and spectators gather for the 14th Annual Whale Tales fundraiser.
Set on Maui’s stunning Northwest Shore, the signature event is run by not-for-profit organisation Whale Trust. It aims to raise money for whale research and the marine environment. And it hopes to bridge the gap between scientific findings and the general public.
Running from 4-17 February 2020 the event will give guests and locals the opportunity to interact with renowned experts in the field.
Guests can hear first-hand what marine scientists are studying and uncovering about the ocean and its inhabitants.
There will be feature talks from top international scientists and conservationists; stunning underwater photography and videos of whales; immersive educational opportunities presented by marine research and conservation organisations; and benefit whale watching tours.
Whale Tales is a free community event, however, donations of US$20 (A$29) per person are encouraged to support whale research in the Pacific through Whale Tales 2020 Beneficiaries. Benefit whale watch tickets will start at US$65 (A$94) per person.
In 13 years, the event has raised more than US$725,000 (A$1,073,798) for whale research in Hawaii and Alaska.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has been home to the event nearly every year since its inception in 2006.
“To be in partnership with an organization that is making such an important and positive impact on the ocean environment is a true honour. Whales are a beloved aspect of Maui and we look forward to helping continue bridge the gap between scientists and the general public,” says Andrew Rogers, general manager of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
The hotel is even offering an exclusive package for a more up-close and personal experience with Maui’s Humpback Whale. The package includes luxury accommodation, Whale Tales Whale Watch for two, Ambassadors of the Environment Eco-Adventure for two, and access to complementary Whale Tale events.