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Whaler's Village

Whaler's Village
Whaler's Village

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Forgot your sunscreen? Looking for an engaging book for the beach, or a scandalous dress for a night on the town? How about some pupus (appetizers) overlooking the ocean? If you happen to find yourself soaking up the sun on Maui's west side, look no further. Right off of Kaanapali's expansive white-sand beach, Whaler's Village offers shopping and dining all in one location. So brush the sand off of your toes, throw on a top, and hop over Kaanapali's boardwalk to Whaler's Village.

This diverse outdoor mall features everything from beach towels to designer purses. Buy some new surf shorts at Honolua Surf Co. and Quicksilver, or pick up something for a fancy dinner at Black House White Market. Need a nice aloha shirt for tomorrow's luau? Tommy Bahama can help you out. One of the numerous jewelry stores will supply the accessories, while Coach or Louis Vuitton can provide the designer bag. Kids can find games at Maui Toy Works, or clothing at Blue Ginger Kids. Make sure to stop by Lahaina Scrimshaw, where fossils are hand-carved with images of ships and island vistas. Lahaina Printsellers features vintage Hawaiian posters and antique maps.

Are you hungry after a long day at the beach? Whaler's Village features numerous restaurants that offer everything from hamburgers and sushi to salads featuring locally-grown vegetables. Tables overlooking the ocean show off a colorful view of Kaanapali's famous sunset while you cool off with a mai tai.

Before you leave, check out the Whaler's Village Museum. Explore Lahaina's legacy as a whaling community, and learn about long-ago sailors and the whales they hunted. Antique utensils carved from whale ivory and bone sit on display, as well as large-scale models of the whaling ships. Admission is free.

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