We first met Deborah and Michael Rybak at Whale Tales 2012 and they have been an integral part of helping Whale Trust Maui ever since. Wanting to make a meaningful contribution to the organization beyond financial support, Deborah and Michael came up with an idea to create “whale tail” merchandise that would support Whale Trust Maui’s research and education programs. What started as an event t-shirt became a unique and one of a kind line of hoodies, rash guards and scarves. Working with local graphic artist Chelsea Kohl, who created the designs, they even established an online store to help support sales. We can’t THANK them enough for their energy, enthusiasm, and friendship.
Whale Trust Maui would like to thank the Makana Aloha Foundation for their unwavering support over the years. Since we first met them at Whale Quest Kapalua (now called Whale Tales), they have generously supported our mission. For the last two years, they have been the host sponsor for our annual Whale Tales event on Maui, helping us to raise over $75,000 for whale research during the last two years alone. We are especially grateful for their friendship, generosity and support, not only of Whale Trust Maui, but also of the Maui community in general.
At Whale Trust we are lucky to have the most dedicated, hard working and loyal supporters an organization could ask for. Sophie Greeno is no exception to this rule. From pre-event planning meetings, to spreading the word about the work we do to jumping in last minute to do whatever is needed during the hectic Whale Tales weekend, Sophie is always willing to be an advocate and true supporter of Whale Trust.
We are truly grateful for her support, dedication and passion for the work we do. Thank you Sophie!