We have stayed at several units at the Whaler over the years, but this was by far one of the best. The view was perfect - high enough for privacy (4th floor) but low enough so this mom doesn't get fearful with her kids on the lanai! Speaking of which, we always love how big the lanais are at the Whaler, and this unit's is particularly wonderful due to the high table (so you don't sit in a chair and look through the railing) and the lounge chairs. Although we might have preferred two bathrooms for our family of four (mostly to hang wet bathing suits), the bathroom here is so spacious. We also loved the convenience of having a washer/dryer in the unit. Our only request would have been to have more racks to hang our towels by the sink and in the shower area. The kitchen had everything we needed, and it was nice to have breakfast, lunch and even a few dinners in the unit. The mirrors in the living room and bedroom really accentuated the view!
You can't go wrong staying at the Whaler, as the units are so spacious (since they were built in the late 1970's). So much better than staying in a small hotel room with four people. Here you can completely relax, as you don't feel crammed together. We were glad that there were beach chairs, as we prefer to be in the ocean, though we did enjoy the pool area. Unlike most hotels where people put their towels down first thing in the morning and keep them there all day, there wasn't that feeling here that you had to rush down.
One of the best things about the Whaler is also that you don't have to drive if you don't want to. You can walk to restaurants and stores, and the beach is the best! Some of the snorkeling and whale watching boats even come right onto Kaanapali Beach, so you don't have to drive to Lahaina (though it's a short distance).