Top 10 Luaus in Maui

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One of the most popular activities to experience in Hawaii is a luau.

Enjoying an evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, live music, Hawaiian hula dance, and Polynesian culture is at the top of the list for all Maui visitors. On Maui, there is a variety of luaus from which to choose. Each is unique in its own way; some accommodate up to 500 people per night, and others book a maximum of 50 guests.

Luau in Maui

Depending on your desires, visitors and residents have an exceptional selection of venues to enjoy live Hawaiian entertainment. Peruse our list of the 10 Best Maui Luaus below, and welcome to the warm and friendly shores of Maui Nui.

01

Old Lahaina Luau

Located in the heart of Historic Lahaina Town, the Old Lahaina Luau is one of the most popular and most frequently visited luaus in Maui. It’s a very authentic luau, and it’s been operating on Maui since 1996. Maui visitors can often book Maui activity packages that include discounted tickets to the Old Lahaina Luau.

Perfect for the whole family, this is quite a large luau. They offer both communal picnic-style tables and conventional tables with chairs. You can expect around 500 guests in attendance every night of the week.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a fresh flower lei. Pre-show activities include local Maui vendors for Maui souvenir shopping and an opportunity to begin the evening with a tropical cocktail or other premium libations from the bar.

The menu at the Old Lahaina Luau is a traditional Polynesian feast with kalua pork, Lau Lau, Maui-style fish, grilled steak, chicken long rice, island-style chicken, taro, sweet potatoes, local-style fried rice, taro leaf stew, pohole fern salad, lomi-lomi salmon, a delicious island crab salad, local style desserts, and more.

This luau is no longer a buffet, nor is there a walk-up bar. Guests are served at their tables.


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02

The Feast at Mokapu at Andaz

The Feast at Mokapu is Maui’s most luxurious luau. Located at the Andaz Maui in Wailea, Maui’s newest luau addition is conveniently located on Maui Southside. The Feast at Mokapu is the best luau location for those staying in Wailea and Kihei, with easy access and valet parking.

Guests of the Feast at Mokapu will enjoy an authentic Polynesian cultural and culinary journey in Wailea’s most beautiful setting. This Maui luau takes place on the lawn of the Andaz Maui Resort, situated on one of Maui’s best beaches, Mokapu Beach. Feast at Mokapu offers premium and classic seating, but no matter where you sit you will enjoy a breathtaking Southside sunset, the perfect backdrop to Maui’s most authentic luau.

This exclusive event starts with your choice of handcrafted cocktails and fine dining. The award-winning culinary team prepares traditional Hawaiian dishes at Andaz Maui. The Poke is exceptionally fresh, and the Kalua Pork melts in your mouth. Sit back, relax and enjoy the three-course authentic Hawaiian feast. Sip on a handcrafted Mai Tai and take in a gorgeous Maui sunset.

The show includes interactive Hawaiian storytelling and takes guests on a historical journey of the Polynesians who settled on Maui. The show is full of traditional music and dance with a fantastic fire dancer finale that will keep guests on the edges of their seats.

The Feast at Mokapu is both family-friendly and perfect for those looking for an intimate, luxurious luau in Maui. This smaller luau is one of Maui’s most romantic luaus and one of Maui’s top activities that couples won’t want to miss.


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Feast at Lele

The Feast at Lele Luau is located in West Maui. In the ancient Hawaiian language, Lele translates to Lahaina. This is an especially unique luau to enjoy in Maui because it takes place at an oceanfront location that was historically reserved for Hawaiian royalty. Unlike a more traditional luau, Feast at Lele provides private tables for guests instead of communal tables.

Another aspect that sets this Maui luau stand apart is that the entertainment and the cuisine are intertwined. Through the show and the food, guests will travel through the history of many Polynesian cultures like Hawaii, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Tahiti, and Samoa.

Beginning with Hawaii, the show starts with a beautiful oli (chant) and mele (song). It continues with Hawaiian hula performances that depict stories of Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii. During this part of the show, the menu’s first course serves Garden jasmine rice with a hibiscus soy puree, lomi-lomi salmon and poi, and Kalua Pua’a, a delicious version of Hawaii’s famous, slow-roasted pork dish.

As the performance continues its journey through Polynesia, guests experience Maori chanting, Tahitian dance, Samoan fire dancing, and a second-through-fourth course menu that highlights delicacies and food staples from each region.

Feast at Lele is one of the most incredible luaus in all of the Hawaiian Islands. The setting is spectacular, the cuisine is designed and created by a top Maui chef, and it uncovers a true epicurean adventure that plays into the entertainment of the evening.


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Myths of Maui Luau

The Myths of Maui Luau is located on the oceanfront at the Royal Lahaina Resort. This is a beautiful Maui luau show and accentuates the ancient Hawaiian stories and folklore that are derived specifically from the Island of Maui’s cultural history. It also showcases aspects of more Polynesian cultures from places like Tahiti, New Zealand, and Tonga. This Maui luau has been in operation since the early 1970s.

Located on the oceanfront, Myths of Maui includes complimentary cocktails, and the show features Hawaiian hula, Polynesian dance, and an exciting fire knife finale. The evening begins with a traditional Imu Ceremony, which is the unearthing of a pig cooked in an underground oven.

The dinner menu is a traditional Hawaiian feast with assorted salads, lomi-lomi salmon, poi, Hawaiian dinner rolls, vegetables, Molokai sweet potato, steamed rice, Asian-style chicken, Kalua pork (from the Imu), beef, fresh fish, a special kids menu, and assorted desserts like coconut haupia. The dinner is a traditional Hawaiian feast with an assisted buffet.

For those who enjoy tiki cocktail culture, Myths of Maui provides opportunities to delight in various traditional tropical cocktails like Mai Tais, Blue Hawaiis, and the Hana Hou.


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Drums of the Pacific Luau

Drums of the Pacific Luau takes place at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Ka’anapali. This is another fantastic Maui luau to enjoy and has a reputation for having the best fire dancing performance of all Maui luaus. Entertainment takes place on a beautiful stone stage and feels more like a theatrical performance than a traditional luau.

Upon arrival, general seating guests are greeted with a shell lei, and VIP tables are greeted with a fresh orchid lei. All guests are welcomed with their choice of a Mai Tai or a tropical fruit punch.

General seats are not assigned pre-arrival, so if you’d like to sit closer to the stage, it’s highly advised that you arrive early. There’s a pre-show Hawaiian hula performance live music, and the dinner is an enhanced plated dinner with desserts served tableside.

Stand-out menu items include their kalua pork, macadamia nut encrusted Mahi Mahi, medallions of Molokai purple sweet potatoes, creamed taro leaf with coconut milk, and fresh ahi poke. They also offer a keiki buffet for the kids with a more basic menu like chicken nuggets and penne pasta.


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Maui Nui Luau

The Maui Nui Luau takes place at The Sheraton Maui Resort at Black Rock. The evening begins with the blow of a conch shell and an exciting cliff dive from Black Rock. The location offers gorgeous coastline and outer island views, and the overall luau experience is amazing.

The Maui Nui Luau uniquely captures the remarkable and magical stories of Polynesia with song, hula dance, and entertainment. This luau is beachfront and provides a three-course dinner served tableside. Guests will surely enjoy the fresh flower lei greeting, traditional Hawaiian cooking, Imu Ceremony, Hawaiian games, and Polynesian crafts.

The menu at Maui Nui Luau is full of traditional luau favorites and locally sourced ingredients. Favorite items include Waipoli Greens, Pohole Fern Salad, Cucumber Namasu, Poke, Steamed Opakapaka (Hawaiian Snapper), Molokai Potatoes with a Coconut Butter Glaze, Kalua Pig, Teriyaki Steak, and a variety of mouthwatering desserts.


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Wailele Polynesian Luau

The Wailele Polynesian Luau is located at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Ka’anapali. Guests can book either general or premium seating but, regardless of the seating choice, the luau feast is delicious. Held outdoors in a lush garden setting, guests will enjoy live music and performances that highlight Hawaii’s demi-gods like Pele, the fire goddess.

There’s an array of Polynesian entertainment throughout the show, and it ends with a fire-knife dance performance.

In terms of luau food, the Wailele Polynesian Luau provides a stunning array of traditional luau favorites with a bit of an upgrade because they utilize a lot of locally-grown ingredients on the menu.

The main course features kalua pork, Huli Huli chicken, steamed i’a (fish), dry mein noodles, Molokai sweet potatoes, and other tasty favorites. Pupus (appetizers) include lomi-lomi salmon, pipikaula poke (peppered dried beef), Kula greens, Maui Gold pineapple, and more. The desserts are delicious with many incredible options like lilikoi (passion fruit) cheesecake and pineapple upside-down cake.

The keiki menu provides a mixed greens salad with ranch dressing, cheeseburger sliders, chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, fresh tropical fruit, and chocolate chip cookies.

Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, and The Westin Nanea Ocean Resort Villas.


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08

Te Au Moana Luau

The Te Au Moana Luau is located at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort in South Maui. In the ancient Hawaiian language, Te Au Moana translates to “the ocean tide.” This Maui luau is an homage to all Polynesian cultures that are tied together throughout Oceania.

The luau entertainment is beautiful, graceful, and awe-inspiring as it travels through ancient Hawaiian history and folklore: fishing, gathering, voyaging, and earth elements. Presented by Tihati Productions, this is a show that displays a lot of knowledge and respect for Hawaiian culture.

At the Te Au Moana Luau, guests will enjoy a flower lei greeting, pre-show activities, traditional Hawaiian cooking, an Imu Ceremony, romance, lavish song, and dance.


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Aha’aina Wailea, A Grand Wailea Luau

Aha’aina Wailea, A Grand Wailea Luau, takes place in South Maui at the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa. This is one of the most incredible luaus shows in Maui, hands down. With the opulence and outstanding service that the Grand Wailea is known for, guests are sure to enjoy a well-produced show and a fabulous luau feast. The setting is picturesque and inviting, and all will love the beautiful South Maui sunset views.

Upon arrival, guests are welcomed into an evening of wonder with a traditional Imu Ceremony and tropical cocktails. It’s a family-style luau, and the cuisine is served directly at the table.

The luau menu at the Aha’aina Wailea is really delicious. The menu is full of high-quality Hawaiian foods, and the entertainment is top-notch. Items to write home about include the Ahi Poke, Maui Paniolo Grilled Flank Steak, and the Traditional Kalua Pig.

By honoring the traditions of Hawaiian ancestors, they have more than successfully created a luau show that is as culturally informative as it is beautiful.


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BONUS

Pride of Maui
Sunset Luau Dinner Cruise

Pride of Maui’s Sunset Luau Dinner Cruise is an excellent way to maximize your vacation time on Maui.

Obviously, experiencing a luau in Maui is one of the most popular activities in all of Hawaii. When you pair that with a sunset dinner cruise aboard a spacious and stable catamaran, guests can enjoy more than one incredible Maui activity at the same time. What’s more, when booking a Sunset Luau Cruise during Maui’s Winter months (roughly December-March), guests will be given the opportunity to whale watch during Maui’s most magical hours.

Onboard a Maui Sunset Luau Cruise, guests can enjoy sailing Maui’s oceans with Polynesian dancers, 360-degree panoramic ocean views, an open bar stocked with tropical cocktails, Napa and Central Valley wines, and local microbrews. The Pride of Maui also boasts an expert crew that knows how to treat visitors to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Maui.

The Maui Sunset Luau Cruise menu begins with an Island Fruit Display and Assorted Cheeses with Artisan Crackers. Dinner offerings include Island-style Baby Back Ribs, Shoyu Chicken, Coconut Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Stir Fry Vegetables, Maui Gold Pineapple Slaw, Assorted Tropical Desserts, and more.


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Sunset Luau Dinner Cruise

Mahalo for reading Pride of Maui’s Top 10 Luaus in Maui. There are so many incredible Hawaiian cultural activities to explore and experience on the Valley Isle. What’s your favorite luau in Maui?