I think the whales must sense when I am around because they never want to cooperate as far as me getting "that" shot of them jumping. I even went out on a boat tour this trip and pretty much had the boat all to myself and they still didn't jump.
What made things worse is while at a luau we met a couple of younger girls (in their 20's) who were asking about my camera equipment and they showed me a photo they got of a breaching whale while on a whale tour. It was a really nice photo too. To make things even worse this was their first trip to Hawaii and they took the photo with a frickin' cell phone!
I really needed those free mai tais after that.