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Whalers Village Museum, Lahaina

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See a 12 m (40 ft) whale skeleton and learn why humpbacks make an annual journey all the way from Alaska to Hawaii at Whalers Village Museum. The museum also offers the chance to go back in time and explore the world of whalers. Admire the collection of 19th-century scrimshaw--drawings carved on whale teeth, and marvel at the replica of a ship forecastle, where whalers would live during expeditions of up to five years. Be sure to pause and take in the view of the ‘Au‘au Channel, which is one of the most heavily-populated whale areas in Hawaii. A key habitat for the North Pacific Humpback Whales, the region is protected as a Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. After the museum, grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant or enjoy an evening stroll through some of the village's more than 90 shops. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Lahaina holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Whalers Village Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Looks great after remodel! The shopping and dining is awsome! Great place to shop your heart out and walk and enjoy all the stores. Great specialty stores prices range from affordable to high end shop...  more »
  • A small area to view if you're already here. It was nice to show the kids the whale bones. :) We wouldn't have gone if we hadn't already been in the area.  more »
  • Great area and museum, in the heart of Whalers Village a small mall including my favorite Lois Vuitton. Entrance fee to the museum  more »
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  • Tourist Trap..
  • Closed for renovations until late 2017
  • From their website: 2015 Museum Closed Due To Mall Renovation. Will re-open in the Fall of 2016.  
  • A good learning experience with great artifacts.
  • Still 3 weeks from opening

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Despite its popularity with tourists, Lahaina offers relatively few accommodations, which boil down to rental properties and several hostel-like establishments with rooms available on a nightly, weekly, or monthly basis. If you don't have to stay in Lahaina itself, consider lodgings in Kaanapali, less than 15 minutes away by car. Other good options are the resort hotels just to the north of Lahaina, and oceanside campgrounds to the south.
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