Best Luaus in Maui

mauiluauLong before the days of commercial airlines facilitated getting hoards of tourists to the islands of Hawaii each year to soak up the sun and enjoy a little local Hawaiian culture, Hawaiian Kings would host luaus for foreign dignitaries and other important visitors to the islands.

Traditionally a deeply symbolic and important event in Hawaiian culture (which all centered around a giant feast of traditional Hawaiian food like Kaluau pork), Luaus remain a hugely popular activity for travelers to Hawaii.

If you are looking for one of the many popular things to do in Maui, a luau can be a great way to spend an evening soaking up traditional Hawaiian culture. There are lots of different luaus for travelers to choose from, depending on how large a party they are looking for and what part of the island they are headed. Since different luaus aim at giving travelers different experiences, here is a run-down on the island’s best so you can find the right Maui luau for your vacation.

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Best Luaus in Maui

Old Lahaina Luau
This luau has frequently been cited as one of the island’s most authentic luau and is a favorite among locals and guests alike. Plus, any luau that kicks off by greeting you with a fresh flower lei and a mai tai is ok in my book.

Not only does the location of this luau offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, but you can also spot Molkai and Lani off the coast and guests are almost guaranteed to enjoy a spectacular sunset. Dinner consists of many traditional Hawaiian lauau foods—poi, Kalua pork, mahi mahi and more and guests will also be able to enjoy authentic luau entertainment. Book this luau early, however, as it immense popularity means it often sells out months in advance.

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Feast at Lele
If you are looking for a more intimate luau with fewer guests, premium service and an emphasis on delicious food, than this is the luau for you. Although at over $100 per person this luau is more expensive than many other luaus on Maui, it is the only Maui luau where you will not only get to enjoy private seating, but also a romantic and traditional Polynesian feast.

Those honeymooners in Maui will appreciate the romantic and intimate setting and the attention to premium service and gourmet traditional Luau food— traditional Polynesian banana, taro and sweet potato chips served with a tropical ginger salsa, mango sauce poi, fresh fish and more. Guests will also enjoy traditional hula and Samoan fire knife dancers.

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Hyatt Regency’s Drums of the Pacific Luau
Located on Kaannapali Beach, this another great luau for people with families, as there is one free child for every 2 paying adults. This luau features a great buffet full of traditional luau food including poi, lomi lomi salmon, ahi poke and more. Plus, with a open bar (all you can drink? Hell yes), you are sure to be extra entertained as you watch the famous Drums of the Pacific performance which features hula dancers, Samoan fire knife dancers, energetic Mori dances, roaring drums and the more.

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Sheraton Kaanapali Sunset Luau
With live hula performers, Polynesian fire knife dancers and plenty of great food in the buffet, visitors to the Shertaon Kaanapali Sunset Luau, which takes place at the edge of Kaanapali’s scenic Black Rock Point. Sample the potato-mac salad, sliced papaya and Kalua pork and mahi mahi as you watch the sun dip below the horizon and gyrating hula dancers entertain you through the night. This luau takes place Mondays and Wednesdays. Adults are approximately $99/person, children $52.


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Westin Wailele Luau
Yet another luau that takes place in west maui on Kaananpali Beach, this luau takes place three times a week and costs approximately $100/adult and $65/per child. While this luau boasts a four course meal featuring traditional Hawaiian classics, it is best known for its extended performance.

The two-and-a-half hour Polynesian revue includes a heart-stopping fire knife dance finale and superb dinner served at the oceanfront setting on Ka’anapali Beach.

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