Whalers Village brings Fourth of July and summer fun for the family
A hotspot for fun activities, family-geared performances, irresistible food venues, and all-around shopping, Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants at Kā‘anapali Beach Resort kicks off summer with a grand Fourth of July celebration. In and around Center Stage, varied entertainment gives glow and meaning to Independence Day.
Whalers Village remains just as perfect a family destination for easy-going days during the rest of summer. Come out, explore, and bring your kids. With over 90 shops and restaurants, Maui’s premier oceanfront shopping destination holds delightful discoveries for all ages and tastes. From frozen desserts and ocean-view dining to great music and an array of shopping possibilities, Whalers Village has lazy excitement on its mind.
Whalers Village acknowledges its Hawaiian roots by starting off this years Fourth of July with cultural hula lessons, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Here’s a chance to learn about the evolution of hula, which traces early Hawaiian genealogies before interweaving with American history. Stop by with the kids for a Face Painting session, 2 p.m.-3 p.m., and delight your loved ones with festive sparkles on your cheeks. And do you remember believing in magic? Whaler’s Village is proud to present Brenton Keith & His Bag O’Tricks, who has been astonishing Hawai‘i for over ten years with high-energy magic and comedy. It’s wild performance art at its finest, with sleight-of-hand and impeccable timing, guaranteed to evoke many laughs. You can’t help but wonder: “But what, really, is inside MagicBrent’s bag? (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
As for food for the family this summer, trust Chef D.K. Kodama: His newest restaurant, Maui Fish & Pasta (formerly Cane & Taro) features fresh homemade pastas, several fresh fish specials every night, and locally grown farm-to-table produce. With spectacular ocean views, it’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and warmly welcomes families. Yearn for something cold and sweet instead? At Yogurtland, Chef D.K maintains a frozen yogurt smorgasbord, with twelve flavors and myriad toppings, including fresh fruit and wholesome nuts: Grab a cup and serve yourself. Or head for Häagen-Dazs, where impossibly great traditional ice creams such as Butter Pecan pale alongside the newest flavors – Vanilla Bean Espresso and Salted Caramel Truffle – irresistible and available at Whalers Village now.
Shop promos are about feeling the beauty of summer this year: Sephora offers free full face consultations – a $50 value – to all clients throughout July and August. Your session includes skincare and makeup applications and takes 30 minutes. (By appointment only.) Totally Hawaiian Gift Gallery extends an invitation for Hawaiian-style living with delicious mango soap or a plumeria hair accessory, a gift with a $50 purchase.
Lots of entertainment this summer as well: Volcom store jumps to Center Stage to sponsor Maui’s own Barefoot Minded, with Junior Siqueira on the acoustic guitar, and Oren Masserman on ukulele and conga. Volcom is known for clothing and a philosophy inspired by art, music, film, skateboarding and surfing. The store will treat customers with exciting give-aways, great mark-downs and promos during the events. (July 14 and August 18, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; July 27 and August 3, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) Be sure to listen at east once to the gentle island sounds of The Chapman Stick, a little-known American stringed instrument, masterfully played by Michael Kollwitz in a relaxing blend of jazz and blues with Hawaiian flair. (Friday July 13 and 20, August 10,17, and 24; Sunday July 15 and 29, and August 19: Always 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)