West 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 West Maui luaus which work best for clients in Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kahana, Napili, and Kapalua. If you are staying in Kihei, Wailea, Makena, Maalaea, Kahului, Paia, or Haiku visit our South Maui Luau page.
Myths of Maui Luau at Royal Lahaina Resort
The Royal Lahaina Luau paused operations due to the effects of the Lahaina Fire. They plan to restart their luau on December 19, 2023 and we are NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS for on / after that date! Royal Lahaina Luau is operating on Sunday and Tuesday evenings in December, January, and February. They will begin operating 7 days a week in March of 2024.
$185.00 per Adult, $115.00 per Child (6-12), Infants (under 6) FREE (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
A premium seating option is available for $50 per seat. This fee applies to all seats, even to infants who are otherwise free in general admission.
No Hawaiian vacation would be complete without attending a luau, a beachside feast and hula show, and the Myths of Maui Luau at Royal Lahaina Resort 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 less than half price of adults, and toddlers / infants 5 and under are free.
The Royal Lahaina offers a "VIP seating option" up front and center. It also includes a flower lei for female, kukui lei for male, express entry line, and the first to buffet! The cost of this upgrade applies to all seats ... even to infants who are otherwise free at the luau. If you order VIP 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 VIP seating available during your vacation, we will confirm you for regular seating on the night that you requested.
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The Westin Wailele Polynesian Luau
The Westin Wailele Luau paused operations due to the effects of the Lahaina Fire. They plan to restart their luau on December 1, 2023 and we are NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS for on / after that date!
The Westin Wailele Luau is typically held on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday evenings ... Fridays added during Summer
$210.00 per Adult, $110.00 per Child (4-12), Infants (3 and under) FREE (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
$270.00 per Adult, $170.00 per Child (4-12), Infants (3 and under) FREE (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
**The Wailele Luau has a special holiday rate / menu in effect on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve.
$250.00 per Adult, $150.00 per Child (4-12), Infants (3 and under) FREE (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
$290.00 per Adult, $190.00 per Child (4-12), Infants (3 and under) FREE (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
Three-time Merrie Monarch winner Kamaka Kukowa with show choreographer Reri Septirno have redesigned Wailele Luau at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Currently held at the intimate garden setting at the resort's Valley Isle Terrace, the dinner show utilizes the elements of earth, fire and water to reflect the rich Polynesian culture through superb performances with vibrant costumes.
At the Wailele Luau guests 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 three to four man fire spectacle is the most impressive of any Maui luau.
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. Dinner is served as a lavish all-you-can-eat Hawaiian buffet. Click here to view the Wailele Luau Menu.
***The Wailele Luau is now offering a very limited number of up front "premium" seats. If any premium seats are available on the date that you request, the upgrade will be offered to you during the reservation process. These seats will sell out MONTHS in advance so make your reservations NOW for any future dates!
Note: Larger parties may need more than one table, but will be placed in close proximity to each other. Smaller parties may share a table with others, which is the traditional style of Hawaiian luaus.
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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.
Sheraton Maui Nui Luau
The Sheraton Luau paused operations due to the effects of the Lahaina Fire. They plan to restart their luau on December 27, 2023 and we are NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS for on / after that date!
$190.08 per Adults, $105.60 per Children (6-12), Infants (under 6) FREE (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
Schedule: Wednesday evenings only
At the Sheraton Kaanapali Maui Nui Luau, discover the remarkable stories, history, and culture of the Valley Isle and Kaanapali through the songs and dances of Maui and the Pacific…..Discover Maui Nui Luau.
Situated beachfront on award-winning Kaanapali Beach the Maui Nui Luau shares the music, dance and history of the islands right here at the foot of the famous cliff diving point, Black Rock. World renowned Polynesian entertainment producer Tihati Productions presents the best in Hawaiian & Polynesian song and dance, including the spectacular fire knife dance.
The salad menu includes peppered pipikaula beef and chilled ramen noodle salad, Maui Gold Pineapple dusted with li hing mui powder, and kim chee spiced soy beans. Poi with Molokai sweet potato and coconut milk is a local accompaniment. The main entree menu includes vegetable curry with assorted seasonal vegetables & mild Japanese golden curry sauce, kiawe wood smoked huli huli chicken with grilled pineapple & sweet soy glaze, mini beef hamburger steak with shiitake mushroom gravy, and coconut crusted mahi-mahi with lime butter sauce & mango salsa. They also offer a "bread or bowl" option, which is a fun and creative way for all to enjoy some of the luau food. You can build your own sandwich or slider with taro rolls, sweet bread rolls, mini hamburgers, kalua pork, coconut crusted mahi-mahi, shredded cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, and teriyaki Sauce. Or build your own bowl with steamed white rice, ahi poke, Waipoli greens, kalua pork, coconut crusted mahi-mahi, crispy garlic, furikake, bubu arare, spicy mayo, wasabi mayo, and ponzu. Don't forget about dessert! Indulge in lilikoi cheese cake and Pina Colada upside down cake.
The Sheraton Maui Nui Luau offers the best oceanfront view of any of the Kaanapali luaus ... location, location, location!
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Hyatt Luau - Drums of the Pacific
The Hyatt Drums of the Pacific Luau paused operations due to the effects of the Lahaina Fire. They plan to restart their luau on November 19, 2023 and we are NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS for on / after that date!
$201.60 per Adult, $100.80 per Child (4-12), Infants (3 and under) FREE (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
$249.60 per Adult, $124.80 per Child (4-12), Infants (3 and under) FREE (plus 4.167% Hawaii sales tax)
Special holiday rate for luaus on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve apply and are higher than these posted rates.
Hyatt Luau held nightly. Check In at 5:15pm.
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! Drums of the Pacific luau features is a three-man fire knife dance finale! A brand new state-of-the-art lighting system was installed for the stage, and the LED lights dramatically improve the show. The costumes pop with colors, and a new haze machine adds a mysterious aspect in some of the dances.
Guests are greeted with a lei ... a shell lei for general admission and a ti leaf lei for preferred seating. 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.
Dinner is served in THREE courses with full table service.
COURSE ONE: Includes Mixed Greens w/Papaya Seed Vinaigrette, Hawaiian Style Potato Mac Salad, Cucumber and Onion Namasu, Ahi Poke, & Taro Rolls w/Lilikoi Butter
COURSE TWO: Includes Island Fresh Catch Fish, Kalua Pork, Teriyaki Chicken, Paniolo Beef, Sauteed Local Vegetables, Fried Rice, and Stir Fried Glass Noodles
COURSE THREE: Includes Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Chocolate Brownie and Fruit Salad
Beer, wine, Mai Tais, standard cocktails, tropical fruit punch, juices and sodas are included at the open Tiki Bar.
For those of you who are planning ahead and reserving in advance, don't forget about the VIP seating option! VIP seats are in the center of the luau grounds and the tables closer to the stage. VIP guests 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.
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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 Wailele Polynesian Luau at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa is another of our top luau choices. We REALLY like the show at this one, and the Westin does a great job with the food too. Their oceanside luau location is a stunning backdrop for a luau with the waterfalls and ocean backdrop. This is my personal "first choice" for a luau on Maui.
The Hyatt Regency Luau at Kaanapali is famous for offering an energetic show that guests appreciate. 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 VIP seating, which will improve your luau experience over being in the general admission section.
The Myths of Maui Luau at Royal Lahaina Resort is a good choice (and affordable) for families (at least in general admission seating where "infants" 5 and under are completely free. It gets a little pricier for VIP seats with a bunch of kid. 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!
Finally, the Sheraton Kaapalai Luau wins (hands down) for location in terms of unbostructed ocean views. You can even watch the cliff jumper who lights the torches on Black Rock before diving into the sea, a nightly ritual at this resort. Overall it's a nice luau, but my FIRST choice is still the Westin.