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Maui Luaus opening dates

Top 5 Maui Luaus

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(March 30th, 2021) 

What changes can we expect at Maui luaus in our new world?  Who’s reopened and which luaus are still waiting?

Though some of the luaus are playing their cards close to the chest, others have reopened with new protocols and pricing.  We’re in close contact with every luau and will keep you updated here.

Maui Luaus opening dates

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Sheraton Luau (Maui Nui Luau)OPEN NOW! Wednesdays only with additional shows to be added as demand warrants. This luau just opened up for reservations, and seeing that most luaus are becoming sold out due to the restricted capacity during COVID, you should jump on these tickets before they sell out!  Like all luaus, family seating (private table) and half the tables necessitates their raising the price to $165 per adult (ages 13+) and $105 per child (ages 6-12) and toddlers 0-5 are free.

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Andaz Luau (The Feast at Mokapu)OPEN NOW! Sundays and Thursdays (Thursdays are only if there’s enough demand) from 5:30-8pm.  Due to their having to distance tables, fewer tables are available.  Thus there’s a price increase for classic seating from $200 adults ($100 children) to the new pricing of $240 adults ($120 children.)  Premium seating is now $350 for adults and $175 for children.

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Marriott Luau (Te Au Moana)OPEN NOW! Preferred Seating is now available for Mondays and Saturdays.  With distancing and fewer tables, they’re only selling the premium seats at $173.96 and $104.17 for children (5 and under are free.)

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Royal Lahaina Luau (Myths of Maui Luau)OPEN NOW! and the Myths of Maui luau is being held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays ONLY (though Monday shows will begin February 15th) Standard tickets are $125, children 6-12 are $55, and 5 and under are free.  VIP tickets are $175/adult, $105/children, and $50/children 5 and under. No “show only” tickets will be available in the foreseeable future.

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Grand Wailea Luau (‘Aha’aina Wailea Luau)OPEN NOW! Reservations are being taken now Friday evenings only. We went last week and it was fantastic. We didn’t know what it would be like, with new COVID protocals, but it was even better than before due to their being less than 1/2 the guests there and table service. All the changes they made were for the better. See the video Maui Guide did below. Due to the low capacity and private tables, only premium tickets are available at $225 for adults and $95 for children 12 and under. There’s also an Ultra Premium tickets for $275 for adults and $140 for children.

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Feast At Lele – Open 5 days a week (days depend on the week) in February then every day of the week in March. Adult tickets go for $155.21 and children ages 2-12 years old go for $98.96.

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Old Lahaina Luau – Table and Chair seating is available online at $145 for adults, $83.33 for children 3-12.  For Traditional Seating, there are a few days available in March and mid-April onwards (for the time being.)

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Hyatt Luau (Drums of the Pacific) – Open select Sundays and Wednesdays.  Standard table for two is $379 and $96 per additional adult and $48 for additional children 4-12. VIP is $475 for a table of two and $96 for each additional adult and $48 for each additional child 4-12.

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Few things say Hawaii like a luau.

Do a quick search of Maui luaus, however, and you may get lost in the abundance of options. Which luau is best for the whole family, and which luau presents fire dancers? With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of top five Maui luaus. Here they are—and what makes them magnificent.

5 best Maui luaus


Marriott Wailea Luau – Te Au Moana

Marriott Wailea Luau slideshowTranslating to “the ocean tide,” Te Au Moana places emphasis on Hawaiians’ love and association with the ‘aina. Prior to the imu ceremony and feast, guests at this oceanfront gathering are introduced to several vital Hawaiian rituals, including tapa making—or the construction of fabric from trees and shrubs—coconut husking, and flower crafting. The feast itself is one for the records: a buffet-style extravaganza that includes grilled teriyaki steak, seafood pasta, pineapple coleslaw, and Molokai sweet potatoes. The Marriott Wailea Luau is located on a bank of grass above glimmering water, the kiawe and palm-fringed views of the Pacific are nothing short of astounding. But it’s the special, authentic touches—from displays of Polynesian weaponry to fishing demonstrations—that makes this ‘aha‘aina so delightful.

Know Before You Go:

  • Offers shows on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Children 5 and under are free
  • Cultural interactions
  • Located at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
  • One of the most popular luaus throughout Hawaii.
  • Premium Seats are the only available

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Andaz Luau – Feast at Mokapu

Andaz luau photosWe’re beyond impressed with everything that goes into the new Andaz Luau in South Maui.  First off, the grounds are impeccable with one of the better ocean views for watching the sunset.  Each table has a server bringing high-quality signature drinks and multiple different dishes per course.  What sets this luau apart?  THE FEAST!  The ribeye steak can compete with any award-winning steakhouse, without a doubt.  Delicious fish, local dishes, desserts and more!

Know Before You Go:

  • Offers Tuesday and Sunday shows
  • Great for foodies, couples, families
  • Unique lei greeting
  • Located at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
  • This luau is new and is regarded as having the best food.  With only 2 nights a week, seats book up fast!
  • Premium Seats are available

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Sheraton Luau – Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock 

Sheraton Luau slideshowThis is one of our favorite luaus largely because of the location.  Don’t get me wrong, everything else they’re doing is on par with the best Maui luaus, but the Sheraton Luau has an amazing, large private lawn right on the ocean.  You can walk down and dip your toes in the ocean while watching the torch lighting ceremony and watch the cliff diver jump off Black Rock at sunset.  Guests will be treated to lighthearted, entertaining commentary along with Hawaiian and Polynesian songs, dance performances and an impressive fire knife dance. Sunset views and tropical cocktails make this the perfect date night activity, or night out with friends and family.

Know Before You Go:

      • Offers Monday and Wednesday shows
      • Great for couples and for families
      • Fresh flower lei greeting
      • Located at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
      • Usually has less tables than the other luaus. Reserve before it books up!
      • This one is back up and running and one of the few luaus with availability!


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Grand Wailea Luau – ‘Aha’aina (formerly Honua’ula)

Grand Wailea Luau slideshowBorrowing its name from the moku (or district) upon which the luau is presented, the Grand Wailea’s gorgeous production, ‘Aha’aina Wailea, tells the enchanting story of two of Hawaii’s first founders. La’amaikahiki and Moikeha were Tahitian voyagers who sailed to Maui aboard a canoe, thereafter calling the island’s sunny southern shore their home. Through chanting, dancing, and singing, the Grand Wailea Luau luxe, four-hour event reveals the evolution of Maui’s earliest people and how they came to live in harmony. In addition to traditional luau fare like Kalua pork and poi, the menu features modern faves such as macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi, chow fun with pork char siu, and pineapple upside down cake. ‘Aha’aina Wailea—which offers hula lessons and Hawaiian lawn games—also looks out upon one of the loveliest and most photographed beaches in Hawaii.

Know Before You Go:

  • Offers shows on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
  • Great for kids
  • Open seating
  • Located at the Grand Wailea: A Waldorf Astoria Resort
  • This luau sells out quick!
  • Premium Seats are available

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Royal Lahaina Luau – Myths of Maui

Royal Lahaina Luau slideshowInexpensive, family-friendly, conveniently located, and with one of the best shows on Maui, the Royal Lahaina Luau is definitely in the top 5! Set upon the beautiful Kaanapali shoreline, Myths of Maui takes you on a voyage throughout Polynesia. Guests are welcomed with a shell lei and warm aloha as they begin their evening in paradise. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet showcasing Hawaii’s finest cuisines and be treated to complimentary cocktails all night long. The beautiful hula and exciting fire-knife dance will leave you breathless. With an unbeatable Maui sunset as your backdrop, you are sure to have a memorable night at the Royal Lahaina!

Know Before You Go:

  • Offers shows 7 nights a week
  • Fire Knife Dancing is spectacular!
  • Traditional arts and crafts demonstrations
  • Located at the Royal Lahaina Resort
  • Premium Seats are available

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Old Lahaina Luau

Old Lahaina Luau slideshowYes, we’ve listed 6 luaus.  The Five Maui luaus above are fantastic, and the Old Lahaina Luau is hard to place due to it’s not being available without booking months in advance (as well as fire dancing not being included.) Nonetheless, Old Lahaina Luau is consistently ranked the number one luau on the island. And for good reason: Its sensitivity to cultural accuracy renders it exceptional. Traditional luaus attended by native Hawaiians furthered their connection to the land, in that meals were served and eaten from lauhala mats on the ground. Old Lahaina Luau honors this custom, just as it honors Hawaii’s ancient form of storytelling through a passionate insistence on precision (and details that speak volumes). What’s more, Old Lahaina Luau serves uala—authentic sweet potato beer brewed exclusively for the event by Maui Brewing Co. The celebration’s ocean-side location adds to its brilliance, while the West Maui Mountains in the foreground offer a sense of mysticism.

Know Before You Go:

  • No fire dancing is offered
  • Books up months ahead
  • Offers shows 7 nights a week
  • Traditional, modern, and vegetarian options
  • Located off Front Street in Lahaina
  • UPDATE: We just went to the new south maui Luau at the Andaz – Feast at Mokapu which could replace the Old Lahaina. We know, blasphemous! BUT, it was incredible. Great food/drink, incredible fire dancing and hula show, and the location is superb.


A little more about Maui luaus and Luau history

These ultra-entertaining feasts have their roots in ancient Polynesia, when the second king of the united Hawaiian Islands lifted the kapu that banned men and women from eating together—and royalty from dining with common subjects.

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That groundbreaking event in 1819 became known not as a luau (indeed, in the traditional sense, “luau” refers to a cherished dish of chicken and taro cooked in coconut milk) but as an ‘aha‘aina—literally, a “gathering for a meal.”

And what gatherings they were. In 1847, King Kamehameha III hosted a fête that included 271 pigs, 2,245 coconuts, 3,125 salted fish, and over 4,000 kalo plants—a staple of kanaka maoli that comprises poi.

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Hawaii’s contemporary take on this native ritual may be more modest in number but is no less spectacular. For most, no Hawaiian holiday is complete without attending at least one ‘aha‘aina, and nearly every major island presents luaus of epic proportions.



What's the difference between Regular and VIP Seating?

  • VIP/PREMIUM tickets get you a table closest to the stage (at least in the first 2 rows of tables). Some luaus also allow early entry, so you can get to the bar early and situate yourself at your table, and get some sunset photos. Some luaus also give an upgrade lei to each guest.
  • VIP tickets are recommended if you want the best view.

What should I wear to a luau?

  • “Island casual” – Aloha shirts for men, aloha shirts or dresses for the ladies. Some guests choose to dress up a bit more than usual.

Is Uber / Lyft available on the island?

  • Yes! It’s a good idea to schedule your rides. We have a bus system, but it takes much longer with stops, and it doesn’t run that late.

Is there free parking?

  • All luaus have free parking. If you valet, you should have some cash ready for a tip.

Are luaus kid-friendly?

  • All luaus are kid friendly. The Royal Lahaina is often regarded as the most kid friendly and most affordable, but every luau offers a great experience for your keiki. Some have crafts and hands-on experiences as well!

Are all luaus handicap accessible?

  • All luaus are handicap accessible.

Are there vegetarian / vegan / kosher options?

  • Every luau feast offers items for those that are vegetarian,vegan, and gluten-free. You’ll have to ask your server or buffet attendant which items you can enjoy. At your luau, staff are well versed in what you can eat!

Do any luaus offer discounts for military, retirees, or kama'aina?

  • We sell tickets at the lowest price that each luau will allow us to. Even though some luau ticket prices fluctuate seasonally, after shopping around, you’ll want to buy from us at our low prices.

How long do luaus last?

  • Most luaus are between 2½ – 3 hours. This includes greeting, seating, drinks, dinner, show, and photo opportunities.


Still can’t decide?

Get more in-depth information about each Maui Luau.

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  • Perfect photo opportunities.  There are plenty of people around to assist in getting a shot of you during a perfect sunset over the water!


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