In the center of the resort is Whalers Village, an open-air, world class shopping complex that also includes a wonderful whaling museum that is free to the public. There are also over 70 shops and restaurants. Many evenings also feature free entertainment.
The three anchor restaurants are: Chef Peter Merriman's Hula Grill, Leilani's On The Beach, and the recently opened Cane & Taro featuring Chef DK Kodama.
Some of my favorite shops include: Crazy Shirts, Honolua Surf Co., Honolulu Cookie Co., Martin & Macarthur, Maui Divers of Hawaii, Na Hoku, Tori Richard and Tommy Bahama. Of course, you'll also find the ever-present, but always popular ABC Store.
The free-admission Whalers Village Museum tells the story of the heyday of whaling in Lahaina (1825-1860) from the perspective of the seafarers themselves with self-guided audio tours, daily films, scale models, artifacts, photo murals, graphic interpretations, whale tooth ivory objects, and scrimshaw.
Each year Whalers Village hosts the annual Maui Onion Festival and also serves as the finish line for the Maui Marathon.