A Guide to the Best Luaus on Maui
Even though Hawaii is considered a part of the United States, it’s also a part of Polynesia — which by some accounts is technically considered the largest nation on Earth. Because the islands of Polynesia all trace their cultures to the same linguistic and mythological roots, there’s a shared unity across the Pacific from Samoa to The Marquesas, Tahiti to Tonga, and Hawaii to Aotearoa (New Zealand).
When visiting Maui, the best way to experience these cultures is to book a Maui luau, where you’ll learn the stories of expert navigators who sailed their canoes across the Pacific to come and live in these islands. Sample exotic island cuisine like kalua pig, haupia, lau lau, lomi salmon and poi, and enjoy a fiery, captivating show full of drumming, dancing, music, laughter and romance under the stars.
Every show is a little bit different, so here are some different Maui luaus to see when visiting the island.
1. Old Lahaina Luau
Consistently lauded as Maui’s best luau, Old Lahaina Luau stays ultra-authentic by only portraying Hawaiian culture and the story of islanders in Hawaii. What this means is you won’t find fire dancing as part of the evening show, considering the dance is native to Samoa and not authentically Hawaiian. The food, however, is on a level where no other luau compares, considering the luau is run by a group that owns multiple island restaurants. Set directly on the water, the luau grounds are spacious, private and exude an aura of romance, which is punctuated by the chance to dance with your date beneath the stars. The open bar serves premium drinks, which are included in the price of admission, and it’s imperative to make advance reservations since the show almost always sells out.
2. The Myths of Maui
One of Maui’s original luaus, the Myths of Maui takes place inside of the Royal Lahaina Resort. The oceanfront setting in North Kaanapali provides a sweeping view of the sunset, which serves as nature’s warm up show before the action heads up to the stage. Families with children appreciate a menu that has selections of food for the keiki, and it’s conveniently located within walking distance of North Kaanapali resorts. Click here to view a photo gallery and here to read more about Myths of Maui luau.
3. Drums of the Pacific
Set inside of the Hyatt Regency Maui, Drums of the Pacific is the largest luau in Kaanapali Resort. With professional stage lighting, thundering sound and a colorful cast of performers, the luau offers an unforgettable show on Kaanapali Beach.
4. Huaka’i Luau
If you’re visiting Maui, we invite you to Huaka’i Luau to experience Hawaiian & Polynesian culture through music, dance, storytelling and great food! Held at a beautiful oceanfront location on the grounds of the Ka’anapali Beach Club, Huaka’i Luau is the premier luau of Maui featuring the island’s best musicians and dancers.
5. Feast at Lele
Located on Lahaina’s southern end about a quarter mile from the banyan tree, Feast at Lele has a five-course meal that features cuisine from around the many corners of Polynesia. The food parallels the entertainment, where a Tahitian dish of fish in lime juice is matched by the festive hips and headdresses of traditional Tahitian dance. Lele is the ancient name for Lahaina, and this luau is set just steps from the beach in Hawaii’s former capital.
6. Wailele Luau
For an extreme fire and knife dance ceremony unlike any other on the island, head to the Westin Maui resort to enjoy the Wailele Luau. Set at the heart of Kaanapali Beach just minutes from Whalers Village, the luau features an epic finale where the twirling, tossing and twisting of fire will leave you in awe at what you just saw, and you’ll also be totally stuffed. The luau is offered three times per week with additional shows in the busy seasons of summer and winter holidays.
7. Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock
With iconic Puu Kekaa as a backdrop (which is also known as “Black Rock”), the Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock not only offers a scenic setting but also the chance to build your own poke bowls and tasty, kalua pig sliders. It’s regularly held on Monday and Wednesday, and occasionally performances are added on Fridays during the busier times of the year.
8. The Grand Luau at Honuaula
Located inside of the Grand Wailea, The Grand Luau at Honuaula is a convenient option for visitors staying within the Wailea resort. The luau grounds are literally steps from famous Wailea Beach, and the show tells the story of how these islands were originally created and settled. While it’s walking distance from Grand Wailea and neighboring Wailea resorts, it’s only a ten-minute drive to many of Kihei’s condos and homes.
9. Te Au Moana
Finally, another South Maui luau favorite is the popular Te Au Moana, which is located inside of the Wailea Beach Marriott and offered four times per week.
To see a round-up of the best luaus in Hawaii, please visit www.hawaii.com/things-to-do/luau.
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