Old Lāhainā Lūʻau is Consistently Ranked Maui’s Best Lūʻau

By Kyle Ellison

Updated November 23, 2020

The Old Lāhainā Lū’au has prepared our authentic Hawaiian lū’au to welcome back our kama’āina (residents) and malihini (visitors) beginning December 20, 2020. We anxiously await sharing our Hawaiian culture through food, entertainment and hospitality with enhanced safety protocol in our open air beach side setting. Due to our current pandemic requirements and limitations, our seating capacity has reduced significantly, so we recommend that you book your reservations soon. Visit our website for availability and details on our safety protocol at www.oldlahainaluau.com. When you are ready to travel, your ‘ohana (family) at the Old Lāhainā Lū’au will be waiting to create lasting memories with you.

Here’s the thing about luaus on Maui:

There are a lot of places that offer dinner and a show in an outdoor setting by the beach, but there’s only one that provides an experience that’s authentically Hawaiian.

It’s something that separates Old Lāhainā Lūʻau from other luaus on Maui, since everything from the food to the evening storyline is arranged to reflect the rich culture that’s unique to the Hawaiian Islands.

Fresh Flower Lei

When you first arrive at Old Lāhainā Lūʻau, you’re greeted with something that nowhere else offers — a colorful, fresh flower lei. You’re welcomed to the lūʻau’s oceanfront grounds, which sit in an area that early Hawaiians once knew as Moali‘i. From here you can watch as honu, or sea turtles, swim in the rocky shallows and experience cultural demonstrations before unearthing the pig from the Hawaiian imu, or traditional underground oven.

Photo: Old Lāhainā Lūʻau.

Locally Sourced Food

When it’s time to take your seat for dinner — which can either be at a conventional table or on traditional Hawaiian mat — it doesn’t take long to notice this meal is more than your average lūʻau. For one thing much of the food is sourced on a local, luau-owned farm, and the servers who come and greet you at your table can explain how Hawaiians were self-sufficient by sustainably managing the land.

Photo: Old Lāhainā Lūʻau.

When you walk through the eating house, or Hale ‘Ai, and select the food for your plate, everything from the kalo that’s used to make poi to the ‘uala sweet potatoes are grown on the farm and delivered right to your plate. Even the pig that’s used in the imu is raised right here on Maui.

Photo: Old Lāhainā Lūʻau.

Combine that with lau lau in lūʻau leaf and ahi or he‘e (octopus) poke, and guests are served a mouth-watering meal that’s authentically Hawaiian.

An Authentically Hawaiian Story

In terms of the actual show itself, Old Lāhainā Lūʻau is a little bit different from other luaus on Maui, since instead of incorporating fire dancing (which is actually native to Samoa), the show tells a story that’s uniquely Hawaiian — from early voyages across the Pacific to Hawaii’s growth as a culture and nation as told through its hula and chants.

Photo: Old Lāhainā Lūʻau.

Maui’s Best Lūʻau

The entire evening is a magical journey that explores the history of these islands, and the commitment to culture is one of the reasons why Old Lāhainā Lūʻau is consistently named the best lūʻau on Maui.

Please visit Old Lāhainā Lūʻau’s website at www.oldlahainaluau.com.

See also: Old Lāhainā Lūʻau – with map

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