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Annual golf tournament FEBRUARY 3, 2013 King Kamehameha Golf Club Play Maui’s only 18-hole private golf course and enjoy incredible ocean views while supporting Whale Trust. Get a hole-in-one and you could be the lucky winner of a new Mercedes!

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whale tales 2013 FEBRUARY 16 – 18 Maui Theatre, Lahaina Whale Tales is an opportunity to learn about whales from worldrenowned scientists, photographers and filmmakers through a series of presentations, benefit whale watches and receptions. Funds raised support permitted whale research in and around Maui. Whale Tales 2013 promises to be another exciting event. Some of the ‘13 presenters include: Richard Ellis, leading marine conservationist, Dr. Greg Stone, Chief Scientist for Conservation Int’l., Tom Fitz, Emmy award-winning natural history cinematographer, and Ford Cochran, Director of Programming for National Geographic. Program details and advance ticket purchases will be announced in December. Email to join our email list or call (808) 572-5700 to request information by mail.

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Holiday Book Drive! Join Us in Sharing Whale Trust Books with Schools Across the Country

For every copy of Among Giants sold this holiday season, Whale Trust will donate one copy of Among Giants to school libraries across the country! For more information, contact Also, be sure to check out the iPad app for Among Giants: A Life with Whales! See the story come alive with narration by Flip Nicklin, whale song and underwater humpback whale video!

Support Whale Research and Education and Your Gift will be Doubled We have just launched our annual fund drive, which is a vital source of unrestricted funds for Whale Trust. Thanks to the generosity of board members, Karen & Pat Cochran and Garry & Donna Weber, all donations made during the drive will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000! Make a gift online at or mail it to Whale Trust, PO Box 243, Makawao, HI 96768.

Create a Legacy Including Whale Trust in your estate plan can reduce tax burdens while ensuring your long-term support for the issues you care about. Contact us to discuss the many ways you can make a planned gift, and please notify us if you have already included Whale Trust in your plans so we can honor your support. Call Terri Marino at (808) 572-5700.

Whale Trust Donors


july 2011september 2012 $25,000 - $49,999 Mr. and Mrs. Allen N. Jones / Princeton Community Foundation Makana Aloha Foundation * Lynn Rollins / Estate of Charles Francis Kehoe, III Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation $10,000 - $24,999 National Geographic - Committee of Research and Exploration $5,000 - $9,999 Jeff and Darlene Anderson Pat and Karyn Cochran Moglia Family Foundation Thomas and Janice Savidge Timken-Sturgis Foundation * Garry and Donna Weber

$1,000 - $4,999 Kim C. and Gloria S. Anderson Apex Mountain Homes, Inc. Atherton Family Foundation Janet Baines Bendon Family Foundation Tamar Chotzen and Stephen Goodfellow Margo Cutler Betsy and Pardee Erdman Bruce Erfer The Fluke Foundation / Mary Whitney and Betsy Collins James and Christine Galloway Nancy and Hamilton Harris* John Hull and Susan Dobbs Kathy Merrill Kelley The John Lazarich Foundation Lahaina Cruise Company* Edward and Tamara Lane III Lensic Performing Arts Center Edward S. Lichtenberg Bruce and Mary Lou Mate Chris Moore and Charlee Rodgers Charles “Flip” Nicklin Phylecia Platte Martin and Karen Quill R.E.A.P. Foundation / Richard and Lynn Buckley Randy and Sandy Rolf Deborah and Michael Rybak* S & F Land Company, Inc. The Schmitz Fromherz Family Foundation Philip A. Schrodt Charles and Nancy Shoemate Thomas Slater & Anna Bain Slater Kent and Polli Smith Walter Taylor Wendy B. Walsh $500 - 999 Lois W. Appleby / Indian River Community Foundation Catherine Arnold* Michael Bloch Michael Brown Perry and Clothilde Cloud Doug and Madeline Callahan Ken and Kathleen Goodman Doug and Kathy Gray

Robert and Sophie Greeno* John and Maria Harber Beverly and Lawrence Herrlinger G. Hunt and Cynthia Rounsavall / The Community Foundation of Louisville Depository, Inc. Norman and Joan Keevil Jacqueline B. Mars William Reed Michael and Barbara Resmo Henry and Sandy Rice Candace Rubin Mark and Gina Ruttle* Rick Smith Don and Claudia Vogel Douglas and Juetta West David and Karen Williams Stuart Wisotzky $100 - $499 Alexander and Susan Albritton Robert and Joan Allaben Craig and Jane Anderson* George Banta Alan Battersby Sue Bayley Carl and Joann Bianco* Robert and Linda Caldwell* Marianne Chappelle Mike Clair and Audrey MacLean Laurie Clark* Carol Anne Clawson* Roy Coffee, Jr. Gretchen and Jerry Cook Karen and Robert Corder Dino Cordova Michael and Mary Cudahy Lesley Czechowicz* Cathy Daly* Kelly, Cris, and Delaney DeMorais* Dr. James and Dr. Kaye Drennan Laureen Elizabeth* Kathryn Faber Alan and Anne Feld Bob and Wheatie Gibb Deborah Gouailhardou Monica Grant Robin Reith and Angel Guzman* Chris and Andrea Haigh* Helen Jean Hamernick* Jeanne Hardie Samuel and Kathryn Hayes Jeffrey Herbst* Barb Johnston Hill Elizabeth Hill Carol and Clarence Jesfjeld* Patricia Johanesen* Mark and Charlene Jones Frederick and Susan Kasten Stacey and Donald Kivowitz Charitable Foundation John and Maribeth Klobuchar* Tony Kozy / Kozy Brothers P. Denise La Costa* Dave and Gini Langlas* Sue Lapito* Mal Leal* Milford and Corinne Leal Rod and Teri Lee*

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Allen N. Jones, Chairman Richard Cochran, M.D., Vice Chairman Karyn Kunzelman, Ph.D. Secretary Ann Coopersmith, Acting Treasurer Meagan Jones, Ph.D., Executive Director Charles “Flip” Nicklin Garry Weber

Judith Lifson Richard and Brenda Livingston* Ogden and Joyann Loux* Thomas Lytle Hilliard MacBeth* Mr. and Mrs. Donald Macrae Craig Matkin and Eva Saulitis Pat McLean* Thomas and Eileen McMahon James and Elisabeth McNevin Irene and Barry McPhee* Gayle Merkle Brad Morris Dr. Patrick and Patricia Muffler Colleen O’Shea Brady* Debbie and Ron Parker* Dennis and Elenita Parker Susan Parkinson* Jane Petty Leigh Cecilie Rae Platte Stuart Potter / S & P Investors James Reeder Karen and Bob Ritter Rick Ryniak Clyde and Gerrianne Sakamoto Rick Sands J. Schroeder* Rob and Louisa Shelton E. Steven Sonnenberg* Mary Spencer Katherine Stanton Earl and Sandi Stoner Connie Sutherland Patricia Swaney* Caryl Sweet Henry and Mary Jo Tatum Janis Von Thaden David R. Tripplehorn Katie Velasquez* Gordon Vogt* Deward and Carrie Voss Susan Wallace Barnes Jane and William White* Mike Wiese* $1 - 99 Robert and Charlotte Adler* Michael Angden* Bill and Debbie Ashford* Elise & Joe Astleford* Ann and Bob Babson* Mario Barsotti* Marjorie Barton* Elise Bell Scott Benson* Nicky Bosmans* Sydney Bounds Gerry Brown* Elle Bruenig Kieran Burke* Carole Burstan* Denise Butler* Katherine Caldwell* Jen Carden* Jeff and MaryCaye Carlson* May Chan* Albert Counselman* Bob and Greer Crabb*

*A portion or the entire donation came from Whale Tales 2012

ADVISORY BOARD Jim Darling, Ph.D. Ed Lane III, M.D. Margaret Sears Jason Sturgis Connie Sutherland Gary Craig* Theresa Daly* Bob and Ellen Dawson Heather Day Jon Decherd* Sofia De La Sota Keith Dieroff* Jeffre Dreyer* Jeanne Duberstein* Paul Raveling & Nina Edmondson* Ken Fields* Gordon Firestein* Robert and Anita Fought Alan Fox* Julie Frey* Steve Fucile* Larry Geller* Beverly Goggio* Bob Gorman* BJ Gray* Kathy Gray* Gary and Karin Grossman Theodore Guentert* Herb Hartmann* David and Marlene Hearn* Makenna Heget* Hawaii Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary* Robert and Pat Hockhalter* Carol and Joe Houston Denny Hunt Bill Iliffe* Louise Irwin* Brenda Jarmakani* G.E. Jette* Gina Johnson* Jerry and Sue Kalin* Jonathan Kingston Marty Kinsley* Jaan Kolts* Katie Kretzinger* Doris Lang* Janice Lap* Laurie Larwood* Lloyd and Pam Lastufka* Ellen Laura* Jane Leary* Susan Levy Avery Loy* Renato Macabante* Sharon Mann* Terri Marino Virginia May* Eva McIlhenny* Pam and Pat McKay* Dr. Albert W. Merrill San Michel* Mary Miehie* Herbert and Dusty Milner Calvin Mobbs* John O’Brien and Nancy Mitchell* Toby Neal Network For Good Scott Oneto* Harry Parrell* Mitch Pearce* Mimi Piper* Jackie Porter*

Al and Lorraine Preece* James Quigley* Lois and Leland Reiswig* Jo Rockwell* Jim Roseborough* Don and Suellen Rottiers* Polly Sanders* Joe Santagata* Amy Schliftman* Rob Schoenherr* Michael Schumacher Edward and Ruth Schwarz Dianne Scott Ken Sexton* Barbara Shelly* Dennis and Dorothy Simanaitis A.M. and T.G. Smith David-Michael Stallings II* Richard and Peggy Stap Jim and Marcia Stephenson* Karen Stephenson* Bob and Cassie Sternthall* Patricia Stillwell* Barbara Stolzer* Lisa Strachen* Laura Stokes* Gretchen Stromberg* Rosemary and John Teed* Henry and Marcy Tenenblatt Mike and Barbara Tichenor Barbara Uncapher Maryann Waldrop* Ryan Wallace* John Wayland* Ann Wilson* Macy Wood Mary Ann Woodman* Mike and Judy Yeakey* Sadie Youngstrom* Gail York Lindsay Zahner* Eden Zang In Kind Donors Ann Coopersmith Anita High Captain Steve’s Rafting* Patti Hackney and Dick Dunhaupt Hawaii Ocean Rafting / Mark Robinson* Hawaii Rafting Adventures / Nick Bennett and Steve Juarez Lahaina Cruise Company* Lindblad Expeditions Luckey Strike Charters / Tad and Cindy Luckey Maui Adventure Cruises* The Maui News Barry and Irene McPhee Mercedes-Benz of Maui Minden Pictures National Geographic Expeditions Paradise Self Storage Ron and Diane Roos Chloe Taylor Trilogy Excursions* Ultimate Whale Watch*

New Faces at Whale Trust

WELCOME, NEW STAFF MEMBERS! Terri Marino joins Whale Trust as our Director of Development & Outreach. Terri comes to Whale Trust with a wealth of experience in non-profit management, fundraising, marketing and public relations and previously held positions with J.P. Morgan and Habitat for Humanity. Terri is looking forward to getting to know Whale Trust supporters so feel free to contact her at or (808) 572-5700. Azi Pirnia is Whale Trust’s new Office Manager, replacing long time office manager Marcy Lynn. Azi comes to Whale Trust with several years of office management experience, a strong accounting background and a BA degree in biology with a specialization in animal science. Azi loves to spend time on the water and is an avid kite boarder. You can email Azi at

WELCOME, GARRY WEBER! Whale Trust is pleased to welcome Garry Weber to its Board of Directors. Garry is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Weber Financial Inc., a full service investment firm located in Dallas, Texas. Dedicated to public service, Garry was elected to serve as a Dallas County Judge and served on the Dallas County Council from 1969-1976. He is the recipient of the 1998 Southern Methodist University (SMU) Distinguished Alumni Award and served on the Board of Trustees for a 12-year term. Currently, he serves on the SMU Cox School of Business Executive Board and the SMU Investment Committee, where he co-led a fundraising effort that raised $542 million. An avid outdoor and wildlife enthusiast, Garry is a current member of the Council of Advisors for Research, Exploration and Conservation for the National Geographic Society and a member of The Explorers Club. Garry and his wife, Donna, have participated and supported the work of Whale Trust since its inception.

Whale Trust Research News



With additional funding support from the Committee of Research and Exploration at National Geographic, we began a new series of playback experiments aimed A singing humpback is shown singing directly at determining if into our hydrophone. song composition affects the behavior of singing males off Maui. Previous research (2005-2008) indicated that singers were attracted to recordings of songs that were similar to their own song but not to songs that were completely different. In this next phase of the study, we are examining how smaller differences in composition (e.g., one theme different than current song) affect the behavioral response of singers. This past year, we conducted 25 playbacks to 17 singers and found some surprising results! While we can’t share too much yet (analysis is ongoing), stay tuned as this promises to be another exciting chapter into deepening our understanding of this unusual and mysterious form of communication used by humpbacks. COMPARISON OF SONG CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN

2012 was the second of a threeconsecutive-year collection of humpback songs recorded simultaneously from across the corded from the Philippines (by Jo Marie Acebes), Japan (Manami Yamaguchi) and Mexico (Jorge Urban) as well as in Hawaii. A previous (2006) comparison indicated that, as predicted, the songs between the two closer Far East locations (Japan, Philippines) were more similar than those between either location and/or Hawaii. However, the differences were minor and a sample of one year was Jim Darling, Ph.D., listening to nearby singers.

in 2013, we will analyze the similarities, differences and dynamics of change in the composition of



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To all the people, businesses, and organizations that made a difference in 2012


To help answer this question, Whale Trust researchers collected twenty-eight samples of blubber from free-ranging male and female humpbacks in Hawaii (breeding grounds) and off British Columbia (feeding grounds) in 2012. Samples were collected using a biopsy darting system that has been used extensively with humpbacks (see photo), and that is known to be both reliable and to evoke minimal reactions from humpbacks. Samples are currently being analyzed by Dr. Gunars Valkirs from Makana Aloha Foundation, biotechnology teacher, Stephen Cornell, and two of his most promising high school students, Josh Goshtra and Haley Orr, from Lahainaluna High School (LLHS). The project is part of a new sciLahainaluna High School ence education initiative by Whale student Haley Orr showing a blubber sample that will be Trust to engage local students in analyzed in the high school lab. marine science programs on Maui. LLHS student, Tihani Cadiam Moore, created a video for PBS on the project and is currently featured on our website (see education page). ARE FEMALE HUMPBACKS ATTRACTED TO MALE SINGERS?

For decades, biologists have theorized and written that female humpbacks use songs produced by males as a mechanism to choose mates during the breeding season. However, there is little, if any, direct evidence that this occurs! This year, we will begin the year study to address this ageless question Playback speakers used to broadcast by conducting natural whale sounds to nearby whales are shown (monitoring female hanging from our research boat. movements to nearby singers) and playback experiments (i.e., playing back song recordings produced by male humpbacks) to female humpback whales in different reproductive states off the coast of Maui.




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DONOR SPOTLIGHT LYNN ROLLINS for selecting Whale Trust as a beneficiary of the estate of Mr. Charles Francis Kehoe, III. MAKANA ALOHA FOUNDATION for their ongoing guidance, support and commitment to supporting Whale Trust.

THOMAS AND JANICE SAVIDGE for having the highest bid on two of our three National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions Auctions!

Three Lahainaluna High School students joined us for a day of whale research off the coast of Maui. Although two of the students have been working in the high school’s biotechnology lab on a research program with Whale Trust, the students had yet to -


ULTIMATE WHALE WATCH (Lee James) for helping us to install a shaft extension on our engine!

KARYN COCHRAN for her ongoing dedication, commitment and service, and the annual financial support given by both she and her husband, Pat.

HAWAII OCEAN RAFTING (Mark Robinson) for donating costs associated with boat moorage and boat fuel for the last two years!

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ROBERT AND PATRICIA SWITZER FOUNDATION for awarding a second year leadership grant to Meagan Jones.

DARLENE AND JEFF ANDERSON for their guidance and challenge match for Whale Tales 2013.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS for generously donating a 2012 expedition to Baja to support our research programs.

Local Students Join Whale Trust in the Field

wide student news network on PBS Hawaii (see the

THE HAWAII OCEAN PROJECT (Lahaina Cruise Company) for supporting local research efforts on Maui. ALLEN JONES for his ongoing financial support, annual golf tournament organization and for being a great overall ambassador for Whale Trust.

BUSINESSES THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE MERCEDES-BENZ OF MAUI for sponsoring our annual golf tournament.

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Trilogy Excursions, Captain Steve’s Rafting, and Maui Adventure Cruises along with the above companies for donating their vessels and staff for Whale Tales. HAWAII RAFTING ADVENTURES (Steve Juarez and Nick Bennett) for providing ongoing support, and assistance.

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One student wrote of the experience, “I had the time of my life. I honestly could not contain my excitement, and I appreciate it more than you know.” Meagan and Jim felt similarly – it was one of the most

Whale photographs taken by Flip Nicklin under NOAA research permit #13846.

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rewarding days spent on the water in a long time. Indeed, the team was so inspired by the students’ work that the Bill Scott Memorial Fund was launched to help support research engaging local students in marine science projects.

bill scott memorial fund — Supporting Student Mentorship Programs — The Bill Scott Memorial fund is designed to provide internship and mentorship experiences for local high school, college and graduate students in the marine sciences. To learn more or to support this work through the Bill Scott Memorial Fund, please visit our website at or contact Terri Marino at (808) 572-5700.

Whale Tales 2012 Raises $30,000 to Support Maui Whale Research

Be a Part of Whale Tales 2013!

We need your help to bring Whale Tales to the public again in 2013 and supporters Darlene and Jeff Anderson will match every dollar contributed up tp $10,000! We are nearly half way there and every gift will help close the gap. Please consider a gift today. Give online at or by mail: Whale Trust, P.O. Box 243, Makawao, HI 96768. Please indicate your gift is for the Whale Tales match.

Whale Tales 2012 was another giant success organizations that specialize in humpback whale research off Maui: Whale Trust, Center for Whale Studies, and Hawaii Whale Research Foundation. Whale Tales was sponsored by Makana Aloha Foundation and held at the RitzCarlton, Whale Tales keynote presenter Kapalua. An Dr. Bruce Mate with Linda Nicklin. estimated 1,500 people participated in the weeklong program, which offered presentations by worldrenowned whale researchers and photographers, children’s educational programs, book signings, Whale Tales presenters. “While there are many whale events held on Maui each year, what makes Whale Tales special and unique is the sense of community surrounding the event,” says Meagan Jones, Executive Director of Whale Trust. “Whale Tales isn’t about just one organization. At its heart, Whale Tales symbolizes the spirit of collaboration within Maui’s whale research community.”



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Community Outreach

Teaming Up with University of Hawaii Maui College to Create Marine Science Programs for Maui College Students This past summer Whale Trust embarked on a new project with

University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC). In addition to her role as Executive Director of Whale Trust, Dr. Meagan Jones accepted a temporary position at UHMC to help develop opportunities for students to receive bachelor’s degrees in the marine sciences. Currently, no bachelor’s degree is offered in marine science at the UHMC campus. This partnership is a step towards realizing one of Whale Trust’s strategic goals: training and inspiring the next generation of researchers.

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Whale Trust Maui Newsletter - Fall 2012  

Whale Trust Maui News includes information on the 2012 research season, our outreach and education efforts and new people on the Whale Trust...