Editor Picks: 3 of the Best Luaus in Maui

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated December 9, 2023

For those seeking an authentic Hawaiian experience, there’s nothing quite like the traditional dining and dancing adventure commonly known as a ‘luau’.

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Part of the Hawaiian archipelago in the Central Pacific, the island of Maui is a hugely popular tourist destination with travellers from across the globe. From the vast Haleakala National Park, to volcanic Haleakala, to the magnificent pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, the island is home to an array of natural wonders. But few attractions can compare with the man-made magic of a traditional luau – and we’ve selected 5 of the best luaus currently on offer in Maui.

Feast at Mokapu Farm-to-Table Luau in Wailea

Taking place at Andaz Maui Resort, set among a grassy lawn and the sandy shore of Mokapu beach, this popular 3-hour luau offers the chance to learn about the history of Maui and enjoy a family-style dinner and personalised cocktails. A veritable cultural and culinary odyssey, guests take a journey into Polynesian history as the  host regales audiences with tales of the arrival of the Polynesians in Maui. Perhaps the main event is a hearty “ohana” (family) style farm-to-table meal with cocktails, followed by captivating Hula dancers and fire dancers. Classic and upgraded premium seating are available. From $311 per person.

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Gilligans’ Island Luau with Dinner and Drinks

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Taking place on the Maui Nui Golf Course in Gilligans’ Island on Maui’s southwestern coast, this magical luau show invites guests to get an up-close look at authentic Polynesian culture. Over 2.5 hours, there’ll be storytelling, audience participation and live dancing performances that transport guests through the evolution of the region’s rich cultural heritage. A  Hawaiian Buffet and open bar ensure guests are well fed and watered throughout. The event’s grand finale is a Samoan fire dancer routine to close out the occasion in style. From $165 per person.

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Te Au Moana Luau at The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort

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Learn about the Polynesian ancestry of the islands as dancers portray the stories of fishing, gathering, and voyaging during this traditional luau event at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort. Over the course of up to three hours, guests can settle down to watch the show, a captivating performance that demonstrates the dances and ancestral stories of Polynesia, including a lively fire knife performance, while indulging in an all-you-can-eat buffet comprising a variety of Hawaiian specialties. As a souvenir of the evening, guests also get to take away a special gift, such as a traditional flower lei, a kukui nut lei, or a hand-carved wooden necklace. From $270 per person.

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