South Maui Luaus

To help you sort through the luau choices, we recommend that you attend a luau on the side of the island where you are staying. This page lists South Maui luaus which work best for clients in Kihei, Wailea, Makena, Maalaea, Kahului, Paia, and Haiku. If you are staying in Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kahana, Napili, or Kapalua visit our West Maui Luau page.

COVID-19 UPDATE: All Luaus will be making adjustments to the food service procedures as self-service buffets will not be possible for the near future. Most luaus will be serving the food at the table "Family Style" with each table being private for just the members of your own party. The Te Au Moana Luau and Grand Wailea Luau are both operating now. Due to extremely limited capacity due to social distancing, LUAU SEATS ARE SELLING OUT UP TO THREE WEEKS IN ADVANCE ON MAUI. Make reservations NOW for dates in May through August! See the RESERVE NOW section for first available date at each luau.

Wailea Marriott "Te Au Moana" Luau

Te Au Moana Luau - Private Table Seating Rate

$216.00 per Adult, $148.80 per Child (6-12), Infants (under 6) FREE
(plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)

The Te Au Moana Luau is currently operating on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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.

Te Au Moana is resuming operations and taking MANY steps to protect the safety and health of luau attendees. All tables will be COMPLETELY PRIVATE for just your party, and tables will be socially distanced from one another. Since it is just your party at the table, the meal will be served in three courses and presented to the table "Family Style." Due to the limited capacity of the luau, the minimum table charge is two paying guests.

After dinner you'll discover the fascinating stories of the Pacific through song and dance presented by Tihati Productions, Hawaii's premier entertainment company. The show will take you on a journey throughout Polynesia, and culminate with a spectacular Samoan Fire Knife dance.

  • Intimate setting with panormic ocean view
  • See the imu (pig cooked in Hawaiian underground oven) after it is dug out of the ground
  • Traditional luau cuisine served family style at your private table
  • Open bar for beer, wine, Mai Tais, and other mixed drinks
  • Polynesian Show called "Te Au Moana" (the ocean's tide)
  • Self parking is complimentary and valet is $35.


  • Individuals wanting to be seated together must all be booked on the same reservation. We are unable to combine more than one booking on a table.
  • Each reservation must check in with all guests in their party at their designated time to have their temperatures taken. Individuals with temperatures at or over 100.4F (38C) will have a secondary screening. Those confirmed with temperatures at or above this threshold will be denied entry.
  • Guests must wear a mask at ALL times while on site. Masks can only be removed when seated at their physically distanced table and consuming food or beverages.
  • Individuals are not allowed to mingle with guests in other reservations. All guests will be required to maintain safe physical distancing and wear face coverings while entering or exiting the venue.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be readily available throughout the venue.
  • Vegetarian and Gluten free meals are still available upon request but must be pre-ordered.

Grand Wailea Luau - Aha'Aina

Grand Wailea Luau - Regular Seating Rate

$225.00 per Adult, $112.50 per Child (12 and under)
(plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)

Grand Wailea Luau - Alii Premium Seating Rate

$275.00 per Adult, $137.50 per Child (12 and under)
(plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)

Aha'Aina Luau is currently offered on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings but the schedule does vary somewhat from month to month.

The Grand Wailea proudly presents Maui's most elegant and uncrowded luau experience. Aha'Aina Luau features a fabulous multi-course Hawaiian fine-dining feast served at your table ... with the show interspersed throughout the evening between courses. A full open bar is included for adult beverages, and full table service is provided for food and beverages all evening. The Grand Wailea luau grounds has been arranged with ALL PRIVATE TABLES spaciously spread apart for social distancing and privacy. 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 the Grand Wailea Luau's GRAND FINALE is a four-man firedancing spectacular!

The Appetizer and Salad Course includes Ahi Poke with Ogo, Maui Onion, and Hawaii Sea Salt, a Poi Bowl, Ulu Macaroni Salad, a Traditional Dried Beef Salad, and Pipikaula Green Salad with Kula Vegetables and a Pineapple Vinaigrette.

The Entree Course includes ALL of the following ... Teriyaki Steak with Sesame Rice and Green Onion, Shoyu Chicken & Molokai Sweet Potato with Mac Nuts and Local Honey, Mahi Mahi with Coconut, Kaffir Lime, and Green Curry, and Kalua Pig and Cabbage with Pa'akai (sea salt).

The Dessert Course includes a selection of Maui Gold Pineapple, Haupia, Kulolo (sweetened taro), and Seasonal Sweets.

The Full Open Bar features Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, Blue Hawaiians, Mixed Drinks, Local Maui Beer, Red / White / Sparkling Wines, Soft Drinks, Assorted Juices, Regular and Decaf Coffee, and Assorted Teas.

There are two tiers of seating ... Regular, and Ali'i Premium (which is the first two rows closest to the stage). Of course the ALI'I PREMIUM seating gives you the best view (and places you close enough to FEEL the HEAT during the firedancing portion of the show), but all the tables have an enhanced view of the stage because there is so much space between tables.

Complimentary Self Parking is available at the Grand Wailea Resort for all luau reservations.

Payment for the Grand Wailea Luau is required at the time your reservation is confirmed.

STAFF REVIEW 1/15/2021: We attended this luau to get a feel for the new arrangement at this luau grounds and we were blown away by the overall quality of this presentation. The cuisine is truly high quality and fine dining, a HUGE step up from the luau buffets we've come to expect over the years. The tables are widely spaced for individual "outdoor bubbles" and we really had no health concerns while attending this event. Yes, this luau is PRICEY but it is without a doubt the most DISTINCTIVE luau experience on Maui right now. The show is fantastic, and there is no "scaling down" of the show due to the reduced seating capacity. It's about twice as much as a luau used to cost, but there are about 1/10th the number of people than there used to be. We highly recommend this event!


Cruise Ship Clients

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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.



Kevin at Falls

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. 

Which luau to attend? Well, both are excellent choices. 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 you are sitting with your back to the ocean. This takes the focus off the ocean view a little.

We used to say that if you blindfolded us and had us taste the food, we couldn't tell which one is which. That's changed. It's not that the Marriott is slipping ... it's just that the Grand Wailea really upped their game. They have crossed the line into the "fine dining" category.

As for the shows, both are well done, with a slight edge going to the show at the Grand Wailea. Their Tahitian dance segment is particularly energetic (ie lots of hip movement) and the fire dance is truly a spectacle!