MAUI LUAU UPDATES (Nov. 28, 2020): 

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

Though some of the luaus are playing their cards close to the chest, others have come out sharing their opening dates and new plans/pricing.  We’ve called every luau to find out and will keep you updated here.

Maui Luaus opening dates

  • Andaz Luau (The Feast at Mokapu)OPEN NOW! Sundays and Tuesdays 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 $300 for adults and $150 for children.
  • 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.)
  • Royal Lahaina Luau (Myths of Maui Luau)OPEN DECEMBER 20th. Reservations are being taken now for shows every day of the week.  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.
  • Feast At Lele – Reservations will be taken again on December 1st for their reopening on December 21st, 2020.  This reopening date has been pushed back once already, so we’ll keep you updated if this new date is real.
  • Old Lahaina Luau – Reservations are available online beginning December 26th, 2020, but we haven’t gotten confirmation yet due to limited staffing.
  • Hyatt Luau (Drums of the Pacific) – OPEN NOW! Sundays and Wednesdays.  Standard seating $100/adult and $50/child or Table for 2 at $395. VIP seating is $495 for a table for 2.

  • 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.
  • Grand Wailea Luau (‘Aha’aina Wailea Luau) – This luau did not open when the Grand Wailea Resort opened back up. We don’t know when they’ll be opening back up… UNKOWN.

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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

LUAU WHY WHERE
Grand Wailea Luau Most Popular South Maui - Wailea BOOK NOW
Royal Lahaina Luau Best Price West Maui - Lahaina BOOK NOW
Marriott Luau Family Friendly South Maui - Wailea BOOK NOW
Sheraton Luau Best Views West Maui - Ka'anapali BOOK NOW
Andaz Luau Most Luxurious South Maui - Wailea BOOK NOW

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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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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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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.

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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.

emu luau feast

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.

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FAQs

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.
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Join the discussion 20 Comments

  • Debbie says:

    Really enjoyed Old Lahainaluau, but we were bummed they didn’t have fire dancing. That’s really the climax of any show. We’ll probably check out one of these other ones next time.

    • Curt R. says:

      I agree about Old Lahaina. Have been there 3 times and everybody has enjoyed it including my daughter, who has been invited on stage 2 times!

  • Jerry says:

    I was worried my legs would fall asleep sitting on those mats. But they had comfortable chairs, and the food was amazing! Unforgettable!

    • Activity Authority says:

      Yes, we’ve been to every luau, and if memory serves, the Old Lahaina Luau is the only luau that offers the option of sitting at tables near the stage on mats. All other luaus sit in normal chairs with full backs.

  • Jesse Manning says:

    The Grand Wailea Luau was so much fun! My son was dancing up a storm next to the stage, my wife actually got on stage and learned some hula, and I sat back and sipped on my maitai watching the whole thing go down. Such good food too. The pork was delicious and the desserts require my getting back to the gym… I went a little overboard. For those who haven’t made a decision, do the Grand Luau for sure!

  • James& Myrna acero says:

    Can you send me information on the Luau in Maui.

    • Activity Authority says:

      Yes, I’ll email you now. You can also use our chat feature below to ask questions. If we can’t get back to you immediately, we’ll answer your question via email. Most of the information for these luaus can be found by clicking on the associated booking buttons above. Mahalo!

  • Teiva says:

    Which Maui luau has the best food?

    • Activity Authority says:

      That’s generally a matter of taste, though our favorites so far have been at the Andaz Luau and at the Grand Luau. We’ve eaten at all Maui luaus and have never been disappointed.

  • Lee M. says:

    Curious what to wear to a luau?

    • Activity Authority says:

      Luau attire is pretty casual. You won’t see a lot of tank-tops, but most men are wearing short-sleeved collared shirts and shorts, and women tend to wear long flowing aloha style dresses. Be comfortable, but don’t look like you just came off the beach. I guess you could say aloha formal or classy casual.

  • Rhonda says:

    We went to the Old Lahaina luau in May 2017. It was a fantastic evening and the sunset was spectacular. I enjoyed every single minute of Maui.

  • Arnold B. says:

    My favorite luau I’ve ever been to (I’ve been to 3 across the islands) was Honuaula. Did that one change at all? It looks like the luau has changed names to Ahaaina? Wondering if any big changes have happened with the new ownership of the Grand Wailea. Thanks in advance!

    • Activity Authority says:

      Oh, so glad you asked! The only thing that has changed with this luau is the name from “Honua’ula to ‘Aha’aina”, so it’s the same great luau. Same price, location, food, show as before. Mahalo!

  • RACHELLE CASTRO says:

    Which luau is the best for a wedding reception? I may have 20-30 people in my party.

    • Activity Authority says:

      I’d choose the one closest to where everyone is staying. Every Maui luau can accommodate a large party. Just make sure to book all your tickets at the same time and well in advance (some book up quickly!)

  • James Dennie says:

    We are coming to Maui from April 24 thru May 6. We will be staying at Kahana Villa Resort at 4242 Lower Honoapiilani Highway and we are looking a NICE Luau that is NOT overrun by children We have never been to Hawaii and do not want our special occasions ruined by screeming children. Can you recommend one.

    • Maui Hawaii says:

      Aloha James! Congrats on your upcoming trip! We’ve been to all these luaus many times, and we’ve never felt children were an issue. That being said, there are no luaus on Maui (or probably in the State of Hawaii) that don’t allow children. Since having adults exclusively around you is important, you should book a full table. Or, as you enter, ask to be seated among adults only. This will likely require you to get premium seating tickets so that you’re entering early and can make that request. Again, all of the luaus will have some children in attendance. Have fun!

  • kerri abraham says:

    we are staying in Lahaina in April. This is our very first trip to Hawaii and looking forward to Maui and a great Luau. Any suggestions to a good fire throwing Luau?

    • Maui Hawaii says:

      Though Covid-19 Coronavirus has halted all Maui luaus, when things are back up and running, the Sheraton and the Grand Luau are amazing. All of the 5 listed on this page are great.

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