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