All Maui Luaus that we carry are listed here on this page, however this is a very LONG page indeed. We recommend that you attend a luau on the side of the island where you are staying. To sort the luau choices, select from the following:
South Maui Luaus for clients who are staying in Kihei, Wailea, Makena, Maalaea, Kahului, Paia, and Haiku
West Maui Luaus for clients who are staying in Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kahana, Napili, and Kapalua
The Westin Wailele Polynesian Luau
Current Rates: $110 Adults, $65 children (ages 5-12) a premium seating option is also available for $15 per seat (adult or child)
ADD $10pp for luaus on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
|Jan. - March 2014||Shows held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. No show on TUES 2/4, WED 2/5, TUES 2/11, WED 2/12, TH 2/13, or WED 3/26|
|Apr. - May 2014||Shows held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. No shows on WED 4/9, TH 4/24, TH 5/8 or WED 5/14|
|June - Aug 2014||Shows held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday|
Three-time Merrie Monarch winner Kamaka Kukowa with show choreographer Reri Septirno have redesigned Wailele Luau at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Held outdoors alongside legendary Ka'anapali Beach with a stunning oceanfront backdrop, the dinner show utilizes the elements of earth, fire and water to reflect the rich Polynesian culture through superb performances with vibrant costumes.
The newly-revitalized Aloha Pavilion with cascading waterfalls, tropical gardens and tiki torches presents the perfect setting for guests to embark on an exciting journey to the Polynesian Islands where dance was considered not just as a form of entertainment, but as means of telling stories. Highlights include the story of Pele, Goddess of Fire and a new performance dedicated to Wailele (meaning waterfalls). The show also features dances from Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa. The breathtaking finale is none other than Maui's only extreme fire-knife dance performance led by fire-knife dance champion Martin Tevaga. This four to five man fire spectacle is the most impressive of any Maui luau.
Enjoy a superb Hawaiian meal served buffet style with traditional selections for an authentic experience. The two-and-a-half-hour show includes a free flow of drinks all evening with Mai Tai using Maui Pineapple Rum, signature cocktails, local beers, sodas and fruit juices.
A premium seating option in the first three rows of tables is available for an upgrade fee ... this guarantees you have excellent seats for the show! Premium seating guests also bypass the general admission checkin line.
Editor's Review: We have been thrilled to offer this luau to our guests since it began five years ago. This is a great luau for people who want something that is a step up from your classic luau buffet line. The food was absolutely impeccable and bridges the gap perfectly between the traditional "luau motif" and fine dining. The show is colorful and energetic as evidenced by the photos in the slideshow above. The bar mixes up a great Mai Tai ... the same quality you would find at a restaurant or bar elsewhere at the resort (only you don't have to pay $9.25 a piece for them ... they're included in the price of the show.) This luau is a tiny bit more expensive than most others, but it is very much worth the little bit extra for the quality that they deliver.
WPL / R
Cruise Ship Clients
NCL cruise ship passengers in Kahului are able to do the Westin Luau if they are here during the time of year that this luau is offered on Sunday evenings. A drive of about an hour is required and we can assist you with a rental car reservation. Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do this luau as long as you are here on a night that it operates and your ship is running tenders until at least 10pm. A cab ride of about 10 minutes is required.
Wailea Marriott "Te Au Moana" Luau
$102.72 Adults, $57.60 children (ages 6-12), children 5 & under free ... a premium up-front reserved seating option is also available for $9.60 per seat
This luau is held every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening. Not available on 2/7/2014, 2/22/2014, and 4/26/2014.
The ocean's tide links the generations of Hawaiians and Polynesians together, and Te Au Moana (the ocean's tide) is an extraordinary luau experience presenting those cultures in food, song, and dance. The Polynesians have great knowledge of the earth and ocean and its life giving elements. Their expert skill in fishing, gathering, gift giving, romance, and tapa making are brilliantly demonstrated and shared at Maui's newest luau experience.
Each guest receives either a fresh flower lei or a wooden fishhook necklace upon entrance to the luau grounds. As you stroll around you'll see Hawaiian games, flower crafting, artisans displaying works of tapa cloth and wood carving, and more. Prior to dinner you'll witness the Imu ceremony as the kalua pig is dug up from its underground oven. The menu for the evening's buffet includes sauteed fresh island fish, imu baked kalua pork, grilled teriyaki steaks, shoyu chicken, Hawaiian sweet potatoes, stir fry vegetables, poi, and a variety of salads (Kula greens, tropical fruit compote, and salads with an Asian flair). An open bar for beer, wine, Mai Tais, and other mixed drinks is included, and there is a desert bar as well.
Dine ... as the ocean sits peacefully before you. Dance ... under the Maui night sky. Discover ... the fascinating stories of the Pacific through song and dance presented by Tihati Productions, Hawaii's premier entertainment company.
- Fresh flower lei or carved wooden fish hook necklace upon arrival
- Ancient Hawaiian games and Polynesian artisans display their work
- Witness an Imu ceremony (pig cooked in Hawaiian underground oven)
- Traditional all-you-can-eat luau buffet
- Open bar for beer, wine, Mai Tais, and other mixed drinks
- Intimate setting with panormic ocean view
- Polynesian Show called "Te Au Moana" (the ocean's tide)
A premium seating option in the first two rows of tables is available for an upgrade fee of $9.60 per seat. This fee applies to all premium seats, whether they are adults, children ages 6-12, and children who are 5 and under who are otherwise free at the luau.
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Cruise Ship Clients
NCL Pride of America cruise ship passengers who come into Kahului are not able to do this luau because it is not held on Sunday nights. This luau isn't practical for Lahaina cruise ship passengers due to the distance from the harbor. There are other luau options that are much closer in West Maui.
Royal Lahaina Luau
General Admission: $94 Adults, Ages 6-11 $30, 5 & under FREE
PREMIUM Reserved Seating: $114 Adults, Ages 6-11 $50, 5 & under FREE
Jan to May:
|Sunday through Friday (closed Saturdays)|
June to August:
|Shows held 7 nights a week|
Sept. to December:
|Sunday through Friday (closed Saturdays)|
No Hawaiian vacation would be complete without attending a luau, a beachside feast and hula show, and the Royal Lahaina Luau is an excellent choice. The main course is the kalua pig, cooked all day in the underground imu oven. The all you can eat buffet also includes smoked turkey, a delicious island-style mahi mahi, grilled steak, shoyu chicken, and a huge vegetable and salad bar. This luau is the most kid-friendly ... they even have a "keiki food bar" with hot dogs and chicken nuggets. The open bar keeps the Mai Tais flowing from the moment the gates open until the conclusion of the show, which traces the development of hula through the ages. The show concludes with a spectacular Samoan fire knife dance. This luau is also a great family value, as children under 12 are are just $30 and infants 5 and under are free.
The Royal Lahaina offers a "premier seating option" up front and center. The cost of this upgrade is $20 per seat for adults and children age 6 and older. If you order premium seating and it is not available on the date you've requested, we will check other nights during your vacation and contact you with availability. If there is no premium seating available during your vacation, we will confirm you for regular seating on the night that you requested.
Buyer Caution: Our discounted rate for the Royal Lahaina Luau is 15% off the list price. There are other companies who sell this luau for less money, but every one without exception is a company that markets timeshare presentations. They use cheap luau tickets to get you in their door and then try to talk you into attending a sales presentation while you are on Maui. Our only goal is to help you have a good time while you are here. Timeshare sales is BIG business here on Maui, but one in which we've chosen not to participate.
RLL / V
Grand Wailea Luau - Honua'ula
Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings all year. Reserve NOW as premium seating often sells out 3 weeks or more in advance. Not available 2/13/2014 - 2/28/2014.
General Admission: $91 Adults, Ages 6-11 $49, 5 & under FREE
PREMIUM Reserved Seating: $112 Adults, $84 Ages 6-11, 5 & under $54
The Grand Wailea is thrilled to become the new home of this luau show, which is titled Honua'ula "Return to the Sacred Lands." The new show portrays Maui's discovery by ancient Polynesians and the stories and legends told by the peoples of Honua'ula, the area now known as Wailea and Makena. The newly-produced show blends traditional Hawaiian chanting, ancient hula, and some modern artistic interpretations of Polynesian culture into an enchanting evening of beauty. And yes, the Grand Wailea Luau still features the finest fire knife dancer in the state of Hawaii! Check out this larger photo of him in action doing the fire knife dance.
Premier Seating in the first two rows of tables is available for an upcharge. We highly recommend this option. You'll get a great view of the action, especially for the fire knife dance! Premium seating ALWAYS sells out in advance, so don't wait! Reserve your seats now!
If you request premium seating and it is not available, we will check other dates during your vacation and contact you to see if the date change is OK with you. If no other dates have premium seating available, we'll book you at regular seating for the date that you requested.
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Cruise Ship Clients
NCL Pride of America cruise ship passengers are not in port on the right night of the week to attend this luau. Lahaina cruise ship passengers should do a luau in Kaanapali because it is much closer to the ship..
Hyatt Luau - Drums of the Pacific
Hyatt Luau held 7 nights a week from March to August, and Monday through Saturday the rest of the year. Luau added the last two Sundays of December.
General Admission Rates: Adults $100, Children (6-12) $65, Infants (5 & under) FREE A Preferred Seating upgrade is available for $15 per seat which applies to ALL seats, even to infants who are otherwise free at the luau. Preferred Seating is the center section second row of tables, which is the best seats you can get without being a "VIP" of the Hyatt.
These general admission rates are $10 per person off the list price. Luau rate for Thanksgiving and Christmas is $15 more per adult. New Year's Eve has TWO shows. The regular sunset show is priced normally, but the "Ring In the New Year" show from 9pm-12:01am is $196 for prefered seating and $156 for general admission. To book this special show, please call us toll-free at 1.877.678.7333
CURRENT SPECIAL: One free child per two paying adults! Free child special available in general admission only; holiday dates excluded.
The sound of the conch, the beating of the drums and the echoes of the Hawaiian chant signal the start of Hawaii's most exciting luau … complete with an authentic imu ceremony and the exotic flavors of native Hawaiian cuisine. While you enjoy the tastes of Hawaii, the Drums of the Pacific Polynesian Spectacular (a Tihati Production) takes you on a journey through the islands of Polynesia. Featured are authentic dances and music of the old Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, Tonga, and Rarotonga in the hottest luau show in the Islands! And new in 2013, the Drums of the Pacific luau now features is a three-man fire knife dance finale!
Guests are greeted with a flower lei for the ladies and a shell lei for the gentlemen. Your evening begins with Hawaiian music and audience participation featuring hula lessons, poi ball lessons, coconut tree climbing, coconut husking and finally the unearthing of the pig that's been cooked in an underground oven.
An all-you-can-eat generous buffet features Kalua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Island Fish, Polynesian Rice, Vegetables Makamaka w/Medalions of Baked Molokai Purple Sweet Potato, Creamed Taro Leaf w/Coconut Milk, Fresh Sliced Tropical Fruits, Soba Noodles, Pickled Maui Onions, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Poi , Pacific Ahi Poke, Tossed Green Salad, and Taro rolls w/Whipped Lilikoi Butter. A dessert bar features Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cream Brownie, Haupia with Toasted Coconut, Pineapple Cake and Bread Pudding. An open bar for beer, wine, Mai Tais, and other mixed drinks is included. It's a great Hawaiian Lu'au Feast.
For those of you who are planning ahead and reserving in advance, don't forget about the PREFERRED seating option! Preferred seats are in the center of the luau grounds in the second row of tables. Preferred guests use the same entrance to the luau grounds as the VIP's of the Hyatt (who get to sit in the first row of course) and are admitted to the luau grounds prior to the opening of the general admission line. They also go through the dinner buffet before the general admission guests. The cost of this upgrade is $15 per seat in addition to our discounted general admission rate posted above and applies to all seats, whether they are for adults, children, or free infants. Please note that the "one free child per adult" special is not available in the preferred section.
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Cruise Ship Clients
NCL Pride of America cruise ship passengers who come into Kahului are able to do the Hyatt Luau if you are in port during the time of year that this luau is held on Sunday evenings. It does require a rental car as the drive to Kaanapali takes about an hour. For rental cars with cruise ship shuttle pick-up see our rental car page. Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do this luau on their first day in port with a short cab ride to Kaanapali as long as your tenders are running until 9pm.
A luau is a must-do event for the first-time Hawaii visitor. Personally, I never get tired of good food, open bar, sunset views, and Hawaiian music and dance.
The most important thing about attending a luau is WHERE YOU SIT!!! You are much better off sitting up front at the second best luau than sitting in the back at the best luau. Read that again and let it sink in! If you are ordering a few weeks before your vacation, go with PREMIER reserved seating at one of the luaus that offer that option. It is really nice to be able to walk in the luau grounds a few minutes before the show starts knowing that you'll be able to sit in the first few rows of tables and not get stuck way in the back!
The Wailele Polynesian Luau at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa is the perfect luau for people who want to experience luau cuisine but want something that is a step up from the typical luau buffet. I have often said that luaus aren't fine dining ... and most luaus are so similar that if you blindfolded me and set plates of food from 5 different luaus in front of me, I couldn't tell which plate was which. The Westin is different. Their food stands out from the rest and it IS SO GOOD it is approaching fine dining quality. This luau is also an exception to the "you gotta get up front seats" rule ... this luau is less than half the size of most other luaus and offers a more intimate setting. We hope they add more nights to this excellent luau offering in the near future. WELL DONE!!
The Hyatt Regency Luau at Kaanapali is famous for offering an energetic show that guests love. Down side here to this luau is that you can't really see the ocean much from any table. The luau ground is almost completely surrounded by wings of the hotel, and the view of the ocean is blocked by a row of shrubbery. It seems odd to be so close to the ocean that you can hear it, but to have your view intentionally blocked. We think it is to prevent people on the beach sidewalk from standing there and getting a free view of the show. On the upside it is now possible to get preferred seating, which will improve your luau experience over being in the general admission section.
The Royal Lahaina Luau is a good choice (and affordable) for families. They are offering a "premier seating" option ... the cost of this upgrade is $20 per seat for adults and children age 6 and older. This luau has a little more of a "local flavor" and they've done quite a grand finale with their Samoan fire dance at the end of the show. In addition to the main double fire knife dancer they also have two other kane with single fire knifes and several wahine twirling fire poi balls. It's a great photo op at the end of your evening!
Te Au Moana Luau at the Wailea Marriott and the Grand Wailea Luau are both good choices for people staying down south. Both luau grounds are located right along the ocean and feature expansive ocean views. The slight advantage here would be the Te Au Moana luau at the Marriott because you face the ocean when you are looking at the stage. The Grand Wailea luau grounds faces the other way; when you face the stage you are looking at the mountains, and when you turn to look at the food line you are looking toward the ocean. This takes the focus off the oceanview a little. If you blindfolded us and had us taste the food, we couldn't tell which one is which. This is a tie here. As for the shows, both are well done. The slight edge would go to Te Au Moana at the Marriott for being a more traditional luau show featuring live musical accompaniment. The Grand Wailea's show is technically excellent, but they use more taped music for parts of the show, and while parts of the show feature traditional dancing, there are some modern elements thrown in (stylistically influenced maybe by Cirque du Soleil).