Luaus are the ultimate Hawaiian experience that anyone traveling to Maui should have on their to-do list. A luau is a traditional party with eating, drinking, and entertainment that goes back to the ancient times of Polynesia. The story goes that the tradition began when the second king of Hawaii lifted the ban on kapu, which was the idea of men and women dining together or royalty and non-royalty dining together. Once this was abolished, the king hosted a massive event and invited everyone to attend.
Still, today Luaus are an important cultural and social celebration, most of which are performed for visitors. Each luau is unique in its presentation and experience. Use our guide below to experience some of the top luaus in Maui.
Top Luaus in Maui
Old Lahaina Luau
Founded in 1986, Old Lahaina Luau has received numerous awards and accolades over the years for its authenticity, cuisine, and overall experience. Old Lahaina Luau seats 496 guests seven evenings a week and regularly sells out shows. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your spot. Each guest receives a fresh-flower lei, traditional Hawaiian cuisine, and access to a premium open bar.
Feast at Lele
Enjoy five courses from the Pacific island nations of Aotearoa, Tahiti, Samoa, and Hawaii at Feast at Lele. Along with entertainment, dance, and music, the cuisine at Feast at Lele is truly memorable. Lele is the ancient name of Lahaina, which is where the royal family of Maui would entertain and feast on traditional cuisine. Reserve your spot for the show online.
Drums of the Pacific Luau
Drums of the Pacific features a traditional imu ceremony, authentic dances, traditional music, and a fire-knife dance finale. Taking from the cultures of old Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, Tonga, and Rarotonga, Drums of the Pacific is a complete immersion into the Hawaiian Luau tradition. Drums of the Pacific takes place at the Sunset Terrace at the Hyatt Regency Maui on Ka'anapali Beach.
The Myths of Maui Luau
Myths of Maui is a family-friendly luau experience that includes an imu ceremony, traditional pua'a (pig) feast, hula dances, fire knife dancers, and more. This immersion in Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, along with the oceanfront view is an enchanting event in Maui. Myths of Maui takes place at the Royal Lahaina Resort.
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