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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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  • September 30, 2017
    I visited here a few times as my hotel was almost right next to it very easy to get to not a whole lot of good stores but it was ok to me i liked how open it was i would visit here again  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    This is an outdoors shopping mall pretty much with some high end stores, restaurants and an ABC store. It's right by the beach and it has parking garage. It was too hot out to consider walking around ...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    We went to see the whaler's village museum. It's closed as they are relocating it. So you have a shopping village. Views are great and easy to get around. Parking is a challenge. Get a ticket upon ent...  more »
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  • July 24, 2016
    From their website: 2015 Museum Closed Due To Mall Renovation. Will re-open in the Fall of 2016.  
  • March 16, 2017
    Still 3 weeks from opening
  • October 13, 2015
    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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