Whale Season is October through May.  Each year approximately 12,000 to 15,000 humpback whales migrate 3,500 miles from Alaska to Hawaii, with the majority arriving in Maui.  From the bridge of the Whalers Village Museum get a perfect view of the ‘Au ‘Au Channel, one of the most populated breeding and calving grounds of the North Pacific Humpback Whale.  `Au`Au means “take a bath” in Hawaiian referring to its calm bath-like conditions.  One of the most protected areas of ocean in the Hawaiian Islands, Congress designated it as a National Marine Sanctuary in 1992.  Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. where humpback whales mate, calve and nurse their young.


Whalers Village Museum is located

on the world famous Ka`anapali Beach, in the Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants.  Unique to the Pacific, this gem of a museum houses one of the largest collections of scrimshaw (drawings  carved on whale teeth).  Visit us and see the life of the whaler and the hardships they endured hunting these 45 ton giants.

The Museum...

Thar She Blows...

Whale Tales...


From Kahului Airport take HI-30 S towards Lahaina.  Turn Left at Ka`anapali Parkway then left into Whalers Village parking lot.

From Kapalua Airport take HI-30 SW, turn right on Ka`anapali Parkway, then left into the Whalers Village parking lot.

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Hawaii became the whaling capital of the Pacific, between 1825 and 1860, a period popularly known as “the golden era of whaling”.  Strategically located midway between the whaling grounds of the Arctic and Japan a new pattern began to emerge.

Ship owners discovered they could whale off Japan in the winter, and in the Arctic in the summer, then stop in Hawaii during the spring and fall.  Lahaina and Honolulu Harbor became regular stops for vessels from Europe and America, before they headed home with their cargos of whale oil and baleen.  While in Hawaii they could recruit new crew, get provisions, refit the ship, and store their cargo.  The oil and baleen could then be trans-shipped by merchant vessels to the rest of the world, freeing the ships to pursue the business of catching whales.   

The first American whaleship entered Honolulu Harbor in 1820, the same year the first missionaries arrived.  By 1821, up to 60 whaleships were calling at Hawaiian ports, forever changing Hawaii’s delicate economy.  By 1884, King Kamehameha IV had his own fleet of 19 whaleships sailing under the Hawaiian flag.  Up to 500 Hawaiians would leave the islands each year to become whalemen.  An average of 400 whaleships sailed into Hawaiian ports annually between 1840 and 1860.  

Museum Temporarily Closed

Due To Mall Renovation. 

Stay tuned for grand re-opening!

Sanctuary Whale Talks Weekly in the museum presented by NOAA Volunteers.

Oct 2014- Nov 2015

NOAA Beach Walk Sign installed at

Whalers Village.

February 2014

Hawaii Baptist Academy Visiting Students Excursion.  Over 100 students visit

the museum.

February 2014

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner For Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Volunteers at Hula Grill.

February 2014

Chef’s Tasting Menu gives portion of proceeds to National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

February 2014

CoSee Ocean Screen installed in

Gift Shop.

January 2014

Oceanology Walking Tour


Oceanology Event 2013 Whalers Village

February 2013





Maui’s Third Most Visited Attraction!

2435 Ka`anapali Parkway, G8

Lahaina, Hawaii  96761