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Chic Whalers Village has a whaling museum and more than 50 restaurants and shops. Upscale haunts include Louis Vuitton and Coach, and beautyphiles can get their fix at Sephora. Peruse some elegant koa home accessories and other local gifts at Martin and MacArthur. The complex also offers some interesting diversions: Hawaiian artisans display their crafts daily; hula dancers perform on an outdoor stage some nights from 7 to 8 pm; sunset jazz is featured every first Sunday of the month; and Polynesian rhythms resound on Saturday. If you find yourself there on the first Saturday of May, the Maui Onion Festival is a fun foodie event. www.whalersvillage.com..
While lunch at chef Peter Merriman's Monkeypod is enough reason to venture to Wailea Gateway Center, you might also be enticed by the artisanal confections from Sweet Paradise Chocolate, fine cheese and charcuterie from Guava, Gouda and Caviar, and a vast collection of vintage clothing from The Aloha Shirt Museum.
In the middle of Kihei Kalama Village Marketplace is this humble nook with an extensive supply of coffees, teas, cookies, jams, and other specialty-food items made in Hawaii. You're encouraged to ask for samples. www.tutuspantry.com.
It's hard to find a man on Maui who isn't wearing a TB-logo aloha shirt. For better or worse, here's where you can get yours. And just to prove you're on vacation, grab a drink or dessert on the way out at the restaurant attached to the shop. www.tommybahamas.com.
This Maui designer has a worldwide following, and her superstylish sarongs and beachwear have appeared in many fashion magazines. If you're looking for sequined tunics, delicately embroidered sundresses, or beaded wedge sandals, this is the place. Catz also has a bridal line that is elegant and beach-appropriate. Her pieces cost a pretty penny, but if you visit around May or December, you might luck out on one of her sample sales. www.tamaracatz.com.
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