Maui Luaus opening dates

Top 5 Maui Luaus

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MAUI LUAU UPDATES:
(January 27th, 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 protocals and pricing.  We’re in close contact with every luau and will keep you updated here.

Maui Luaus opening dates

    • 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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  • Sheraton Luau (Maui Nui Luau) – Reservations are not available online, and when we called, they said the opening date will be sometime in 2021.  No target date has been made.

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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

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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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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
  • Still some seats left this month!
  • 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!
      • Premium Seats are available

     

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