The modern idea of a Hawaiian luau has its origins in the early 1800’s when King Kamehameha II abolished the ancient practice of Hawaiian men and women taking their meals separately. The name “luau” comes from the favorite dish of these ancient Hawaiians, chicken and young tender leaves of taro baked with coconut milk. At the first luau feast, King Kamehameha II broke down the gender barrier and made community central to Hawaiian culture. We celebrate this tradition today, the tradition of community and great food shared with loved ones. Throw in some great live entertainment and the beautiful Maui sunset and you’ve got an experience to remember.
When you’re deciding which one of these Maui luaus is the right one for you, consider the location of the luau in relation to your where you’re staying while you’re on Maui. The Royal Lahaina Luau, Old Lahaina Luau, The Feast at Lele, Hyatt Regency Drums of the Pacific Luau or the Sheraton Luau at Black Rock are best if you’re staying on the west side, around Lahaina or Kaanapali. If you’re staying in Wailea, you’ll definitely find either the Grand Wailea Luau or the Marriott Te Au Moana to be the best to choose from. These Maui Luaus book out quickly. Give one of our activity experts a call at 855-268-0387 to see how we can get you the best deal possible! Several of these luaus book out as far as a month ahead of time, so once you know what you want to do, it’s best to plan ahead of time to ensure we are able to accommodate your request.
All of these Luaus and Shows have a check-in time approximately half an hour before they officially open the luau grounds. At many of these luaus, especially with preferred tickets, you’ll be greeted with a fresh flower lei. You’ll be escorted into the grounds where island cocktails, alcoholic and non-alcoholic await. Live music will fill the air and you’ll be shown your table where you’ll most likely greet the other guests. An emcee will host the occasion and will give you a variety of opportunities to interact and learn about Hawaiian culture prior to the unveiling of the Pua’a, the Kalua pig, from the Imu. Now the buffet line will open and you’ll fill your plate and your belly! Enjoy the show as you taste the Hawaiian flavors and enjoy a beautiful sunset with your friends or family. Make sure to bring the camera, there will be many photo-worthy moments for sure. Don’t forget the Aloha!