What’s the Best Luau on Maui?
When most visitors think about a trip to Hawaii, they think of sunny beaches, palm trees, and witnessing Hawaiian culture through attending a luau. What’s a luau? An evening filled with cultural games, dancing, drinks, food, and inspiring entertainment. The variety of Maui luau options is nearly endless and they’re all a little different. Let’s take a look at our top nine choices to see what’s best for you and your crew, whether it’s friends or family. What’s the best luau on Maui? The one you go to!
The Old Lahaina Luau
This immersive (and delicious) cultural experience is long-touted as the best luau on Maui. Before your meal, enjoy unlimited Mai Tais and other drink specials, learn hula, play Hawaiian games, and watch your kalua pig emerge from the imu (underground oven). After an unforgettable sunset, guests are treated to live, Hawaiian entertainment that tell stories from authentic Hawaiian culture. The traditional food, from kalua pig, poi, luau, and long rice are some of the most delicious you can find at any Maui luau.
Maui Nui Luau at the Sheraton
This sunset luau in Kaanapali, Maui offers views of Maui Nui, which refer to the islands of Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Maui before they were separated by erosion thousands of years ago. Some of the highlights from this Maui Luau include fresh flower leis, traditional Hawaiian cooking (in an underground oven known as an “imu”) and Polynesian crafts, like hand-carved tikis. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes traditional foods like pohole (fern) salad, local greens, Maui grown pineapple, potato macaroni salad, opakapaka (fish), steak, kalua pig, and more! The stunning sunset leads into entertainment that includes Hawaiian and Polynesian songs and dance as well as the thrilling fire knife dance. This is an excellent option for those staying on the West side of Maui.
The Drums of the Pacific Luau
Go on a journey through the Pacific with this unique Maui luau! While this evening includes delicious food and activities like other luaus, this event is filled with cultural influences from all over the Pacific. Besides Hawaii, this luau displays songs, dances, and more from Tahiti, New Zealand, Tonga, and other surrounding islands in the Pacific. If the best luau on Maui for you has to have a huge cultural impact, we’d highly recommend The Drums of the Pacific Luau.
Royal Lahaina Luau
When you enter the Royal Lahaina Luau, you’re greeted with a long-lasting souvenir of a delicate shell lei and a big aloha welcome. An open bar provides tropical drinks, beer, and wine to get you in the aloha spirit. Watch the kalua pig get uncovered during the Imu (in-ground oven) ceremony. Grab your dinner and get comfortable to enjoy the live Hawaiian music and dancing from all over the Pacific, including Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand. The fire finale is one of the hottest shows you’ll see on the island! There are general and VIP options available. Take a complimentary photo with the stars of the show to end your night for a memory that will last.
The Feast at Lele in Lahaina
The ancient name for Lahaina is lele, which is where the royal Maui family would entertain guests and feast on local food, as you will if you choose this unique luau experience. This luau differentiates itself by offering courses served up with each culture vs. a buffet style experience. Begin in Hawaii and enjoy the first couple courses of local flavors as well as Hawaiian songs and dancing. Next, travel to New Zealand to get a taste of the Maoris and some of the tastes of Aotearoa like Miti Hangi, braised ribs in a kiwi jus. Continue your journey to Tahiti, where a stunning performance will dazzle you. Finally, end your journey in Samoa and enjoy a grand finale for your eyes and taste buds. This is one Maui luau that will make a lasting impression.
The Grand Wailea Luau at Honuaʻula
This Maui Luau tells a beautiful story of when the Polynesians first discovered this paradise known as Hawaii. There is a focus on the land you’ll be surrounded by, known as Honuaʻula. Pele, or the fire goddess, paved the way before the settlers with her lava. This educational and inspiring performance is paired with an immersive experience featuring a craft village, cultural games, and incredible food. What makes this luau different? It has specific activities just for keiki (kids) and is a very family friendly luau, which may make it the best luau on Maui for you and your loved ones.
Te Au Moana in Wailea
Meaning “the ocean tide,” Te Au Moana connects the Hawaiian Islands across the ocean, time, and ancestors. These stories come alive as you and fellow guests dine during a beautiful South side sunset, dance under the changing colors, and discover the history of this place we know as paradise. You’re welcomed to this luau by receiving a fresh flower lei and a heartfelt “aloha.” Enjoy cultural activities before you feast on local Hawaiian food. This Maui luau is a great option if you’re staying in the Kihei/Wailea area, as you may not want to drive home from Lahaina and Kaanapali after feasting!
The Westin Wailele
This beautiful luau experience in Kaanapali at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa includes three hours of open bar, including Mai Tais, other cocktails, local beers, and non-alcoholic options. The usual nights of this luau are Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, so be sure to check your schedule before booking. You’ll see the elements of fire, earth, and water all take part in this exciting show as you travel through Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and Tahiti through dance and music. This is a fabulous choice for honeymooners, couples, and people that want to party Hawaiian style!
No matter what Maui luau you and your fellow travelers choose, you’ll have a delicious and culturally immersive evening filled with memories that will last a lifetime.