For those seeking an authentic Hawaiian experience, there’s nothing quite like the traditional dining and dancing adventure commonly known as a ‘luau’.
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 experiences can compare with the man-made magic of a traditional luau – and we’ve selected 5 of the best 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 luau offers the chance to learn about the history of Maui and enjoy a family-style dinner and personalised cocktails. Guests can take part in a cultural and culinary experiences, taking a journey into Polynesian history as your host regales you with tales of the arrival of the Polynesians in Maui, before sitting down to a hearty ohana (family) style farm-to-table meal with cocktails. There’ll also be captivating Hula dancers and fire dancers for your entertainment. Classic and upgraded premium seating are available too. From $311 per person.
Huaka’I Journey through Polynesia
Immerse yourself in the pearl of the Pacific through music, song and dance. Taking place at the Seascape Restaurant in the Maui Ocean Center, this is a picture-perfect location overlooking the island of Molokini for enjoying one of the island’s newest luau shows. You’ll meet the performers as you enter before savouring a Mai Tai tropical drink, with the chance to check out Hawaiian arts and crafts as well. Next it’s feast time, as you head to the island-style food buffet to fill your plate with a wide variety of delicacies. After dinner, the spectacular show will commence, featuring authentic tunes and shape-throwing hailing from Hawaii and greater Polynesia. Your general admission ticket includes the show, full meal, two complimentary drinks, and free on-site parking.
Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure and Royal Lahaina Luau
Combine a luau experience with a submarine adventure, during which you’ll descend to the ocean floor aboard a submarine, before journeying across Polynesia by night for a lively oceanfront luau. You’ll start the day with a 15-minute boat trip from Lahaina Harbor, arriving at the submarine’s dive site just off the Lahaina shoreline. Here you’ll transfer to a submarine for a trip to the ocean floor, where you’ll get to gaze through port holes at tropical marine life all making their home on the reef. Later in the evening, you’ll head north to the shores of Kaanapali for the Royal Lahaina Luau, where you’ll watch a colourful oceanfront sunset before settling in for a show packed full of chanting, dancing and song. From $258 per person.