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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. Plan your Whalers Village Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lahaina using our Lahaina family vacation planner.
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  • Simple ways good to tour museums and get to know a little bit more about the sights and sounds of Mali. Have fun  more »
  • Great place to go shopping a lot of stores please don't forget to get the shaved ice love it. Also don't forget to get your henna tattoo  more »
  • Restaurants and plenty of shopping. Some shops are expensive. Nicely set in the middle of the hotels for a place to grab food and shopping.  more »
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  • From their website: 2015 Museum Closed Due To Mall Renovation. Will re-open in the Fall of 2016.  
  • Still 3 weeks from opening
  • A good learning experience with great artifacts.

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Where to stay in Lahaina

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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