About Whale Trust Maui

Whale Trust Maui is a nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research and public awareness of whales and their environment. Based on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, we conduct and support marine research and education programs around Maui and elsewhere throughout the Pacific Ocean.

Whale Trust Maui was founded in 2001 by three individuals with over 60 years of collective experience in whale research and marine education worldwide.

Meagan JonesFlip Nicklin and Jim Darling co-founded Whale Trust Maui based on a shared belief that scientific research lies at the heart of meaningful marine education and conservation programs.

Supporting Whale Research

Our scientific focus is on exploring and understanding the natural behavior patterns in whales – the most fascinating, difficult, least understood and least funded area of whale research today. 

We support field studies of living whales at sea – our own research, and that of other marine biologists around the world.

Public Awareness and Outreach

Research led by Whale Trust Maui scientists has been featured in documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic International, National Public Radio, the Today show, PBS, NHK (Japanese National Broadcasting) and in National Geographic magazine (1999, 2007). The team will also be featured in the upcoming IMAX film scheduled for release in 2015: Humpback Whales 3D.