Waikiki Magazine - - ISHOP -

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.


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