WHALERS GENERAL STORE
This one-stop shop got its start in the islands around the time that convenience stores were first beginning to boom. With its first location on Maui in 1960, the store was created as a way to provide travelers with everything they might need during their stay.
Today, with three stores in Waikiki—on Lewers Street, at the Hilton Hawai‘ian Village and in the Ambassador Hotel—Whalers is still taking care of Hawai‘i’s visitors, and has cultivated a creative line of products.
In addition to basic vacation needs like drinks, snacks and beachwear, Whalers features a range of locally made items, which senior director of marketing and corporate communications Sheryl Toda says are among the most popular items.
In addition to locally made products, Whalers General Store also designs and creates a number of exclusive products in-house that can only be found at Whalers and its affiliates. These include reusable shopping bags, quilt bags, towels and coffee mugs.