The Best Lu’aus on Maui

Maui Luau Reviews

We proudly present The Best Luaus – the Top 7 Luaus – on Maui, according to Maui locals like us.

Our ratings are compiled from numerous sources – local newspaper reader polls, the opinions of local concierges and travel agents, and the staff of Planet Maui.

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Table of Contents

  1. Wailele Lu’au – Ka’anapali
  2. Drums of the Pacific Lu’au – Ka’anapali
  3. Honua’ula Lu’au – Wailea
  4. Te Au Moana Lu’au – Wailea
  5. Maui Nui Lu’au – Ka’anapali
  6. Myths of Maui Lu’au – Ka’anapali

Our Best Advice: Go to a Luau while you’re here on Maui. Any of the above. All of these luaus are authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian Cultural Experiences.

Wailele Lu’au

Wailele Luau Dancers

Location: Ka’anapali, Maui

Energize your evening at the spectacular Wailele Polynesian Luau. Join them amid the lush tropical gardens for an intimate performance. Discover the wonders of Hawai’i and Polynesia; experience the culture and traditions through authentic songs and dances. Indulge in the exotic flavors of traditional luau cuisine and tropical beverages.

Fireknife dancers

Po’ohala Productions’ creative team designed Wailele Luau at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. The dinner show utilizes the elements of earth, fire and water to reflect the rich Polynesian culture through superb performances with vibrant costumes.

Tropical gardens and tiki torches present the perfect setting for guests to embark on an exciting journey to the Polynesian Islands, where dance was considered not just a form of entertainment but also a way of telling stories.

Highlights include the story of Pele, Goddess of Fire and a performance dedicated to Wailele (waterfalls). The show features dances from Hawai’i, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa.

The breathtaking finale is Maui’s most extreme fire-knife dance performance, led by one of Hawaii’s finest fire-knife dance champions.

Enjoy a superb Hawaiian meal served buffet style with traditional selections for an authentic experience. The show includes a free flow of drinks all evening, including Mai Tais made with Maui Pineapple Rum, along with signature cocktails, local beers, sodas and fruit juices.

  • Availability: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time: Oct 1 to March 31 – 5:00 Premium, 5:15 Traditional. Apr. 1 to Sept. 30 – 5:30 Premium, 5:45 Traditional.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Seating: Traditional $120 / $65 and Premium $140 / $75
Wailele Luau link

Drums of the Pacific Lu’au

Location: Ka’anapali

Native Hawaiian Dances

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 Lu’au 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 takes you on a journey through the islands of Polynesia. They feature authentic dances and music of the old Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, Tonga, and Rarotonga in the hottest Lu’au show in the Islands.

Royal Polynesian Greeters

You are greeted with a shell lei, fresh mai tais or fruit punch, which are served throughout the luau, as well as an open bar featuring beer, wine and all your favorite mixed cocktails.

Your evening begins with Hawaiian music, arts and crafts, a torch lighting ceremony and, finally, the Imu Ceremony, the unveiling of the main dish – Kalua Pua’a.

Friendly greetings by Royal Polynesians followed by a Polynesian fashion show featuring the islands most exotic pareaus (sarongs) in creative styles.

MENU

Hawaiian Hula Dancers
  • Kalua Pork
  • Huli Huli Chicken
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Ulupalakua Beef
  • Polynesian Rice
  • Vegetables Makamaka
  • Fresh Sliced Tropical Fruits
  • Soba Noodles
  • Roasted Wedges of Maui Onions
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon
  • Pacific Ahi Poke
  • Tossed Green Salad
  • Poi (taro)
  • The lavish dessert bar features Macadamia Nut Lu’au Cream Pie
  • Haupia with Toasted Coconut, Pineapple Cake and Bread Pudding.
  • Availability: Daily
  • Time: April 1 – Sept. 30 Check-in 5:45 / Oct. 1 – Mar. 31 Check-in 4:45
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Seating: Standard and Premium

Standard Seating $130 / $76

Drums Pacific Standard link

Premium Seating $145 / $76

Drums Pacific Premium link

Honua’ula Lu’au

Location: Wailea, Maui

Polynesian sailors discover Maui

Honua’ula Luau takes us back to a time when seafaring Polynesians discovered Hawaii. It touches upon the documented voyages of La’amaikahiki and Moikeha, who first came to Maui, specifically the area named Honua’ula.

It speaks of gods and goddesses that watched over these courageous people and how they were able to co-exist and live in harmony.

Pele prepares Maui for the Hawaiians

Pele, the goddess of fire, is described as one who came prior to the settlers, paving the way with her lava so there would be land sufficient for the Hawaiian people to live.

Lilinoe, the goddess of the mist, was said to linger above, sending cool rains to nourish the lands.

The mermaid of Maui, Kananaka, swooned near the surfers and tried to capture them for fun.

The love story legend of Naulu, the goddess of the clouds, could only visit her lover Kanaloa in the clouds.

Traditional Polynesian dancing and costumes

These stories are combined to create an exciting evening of traditional chant and hula, bringing the history of our island home Maui, to life.

Hele Mai – Come and enjoy the magical enchantment of Honua’ula.

  • Availability: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Time: Seating starts 5:00, Table Assignment starts at 4:00
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Seating: Standard & Premium

Standard Seating $130 / $85 / 0

Honuaula Standard link

Premium Seating $155 / $100 / $70

Honuaula Premium link

Te Au Moana Lu’au

Location: Wailea

Te Au Moana, translated as the ocean tide, has always been a constant throughout Oceania, connecting our islands, peoples and generations.

Traditional Polynesian festive dances

Our Polynesian ancestors traversed these oceans tides for ages and revered them for their life sustaining properties. Their stories, which spoke of their expert skills in fishing, gathering and voyaging demonstrated the tremendous depths of knowledge and respect they had to the Earth and its elements.

As Hawaii’s premier entertainment company, Tihati Productions endeavors to bring these stories to life at “Te Au Moana: The Ocean Tide”. We invite you to dine as the ocean sits peacefully before you, as it has for thousands of years. We ask you to dance under the Maui skies; the moon and stars await you.

We hope that you discover all the fascinating stories at “Te Au Moana: The Ocean Tide” – A spectacular lu’au experience like no other!

Interactive Activities

Fire dancer at sunset

Flower Craft: It is common throughout Polynesia to find great gatherings of people weaving indigenous foliage and flowers into elaborate arrangements. Receive a fresh flower lei.

Kapa: Also called tapa, or bark cloth, can be found throughout all of Polynesia.

Coconut Husking: Our coconut artisan will demonstrate the skill of husking, opening, and processing of the coconut from liquid to milk, as it has been prepared for hundreds of years.

Casual Hulas and Story Telling: Hula lessons for guests, and stories for those who wish to remain seated and enjoy the ambiance.

Tongan Crafters: Dressed in traditional garments, our cousins the Tongan Crafters and Carvers display hand-crafted artifacts for discussion and storytelling.

Samoan Crafter: Native to the islands of Samoa, our Samoan crafter shares with you the crafts, and stories behind the crafts, that come from her homeland.

Hawaiian Artisans: Maui’s own Kapu family will provide a Hawaiian exhibit and offer deep insight into the multitude of Hawaiian Weapons, epic voyages, and royal lineages of Maui.

Ulumaika: A Hawaiian game played during the Makahiki, otherwise harvest festival, where peace and the arts were enjoyed by all.

Schedule of Luau Events

Beachfront Luau dancers
  • 4:00 pm Banquet staff available to start the evening.
  • 4:30 pm Bar opens, Cashier Hut opens, Photo opportunity with fresh flower lei (subject to seasonal availability)
  • 5:15 pm Live music
  • 5:30 pm Imu Unearthing (underground oven).
  • 5:45 pm Buffet opens
  • 7:00 pm Te Au Moana Show begins
  • 8:00 pm Evening ends
  • Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Time: 4:00, bar opens at 4:30
  • Duration: 3 1/2 hours
  • Seating: Standard $124 / $79 and Premium $142 / $89
Te Au Moana Luau link