Looking for exciting activities for your next trip to The Valley Isle? While just about every outdoor activity you can think of is available during those precious daytime hours, from stand-up paddle boarding at Napili Bay to hunting for hidden gems in the boutique shops of Lahaina, the question of what to do after dark on Maui is often more of a challenge on an island not particularly well known for its buzzing nightlife scene.
Enter the most classic of Hawaiian activities, Luaus, which is not only one of the most family-friendly activities around, but a seamless, surreal way to transition from day to night in one of the world’s most culturally iconic destinations.
Maui’s longest running Polynesian Luau, Myths of Maui is located in a spectacularly scenic oceanfront location at the Royal Lahaina Resort in the heart of west Maui. With direct views of the sunset over Ka’anapali Beach, one of the state’s top beach destinations, this well-loved local luau includes a special shell lei aloha greeting, a traditional imu ceremony and unearthing of the pua’a (pig), a Hawaiian feast of traditional cuisine, exotic tropical cocktails, hula dancing, fire knife dancers and tantalizing drumming inspired by the sounds of Polynesia.
Sit back and celebrate tradition with authentic Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan and Maori dance and musical performances, and savor menu items like lomi lomi salmon, poi, Molokai sweet potato, kalua pork, island fish, teriyaki chicken and more at the all-you-can-eat buffet. Sip on a variety of complimentary tropical beverages like the Mai Tai, Blue Hawaii, ‘Iao Rain, Maui Wahine, Kolohe Kane and more, and choose from VIP Seating, General Seating or Kama’aina Package options.
Another west Maui favorite, the Maui Nui Luau is located in a beautiful beachfront setting on Ka’anapali Beach at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa. A highlight of this legendary luau - and by extension, a trip to Maui in general - is the unforgettable cliff diving ceremony off of Pu’u Keka’a (also known as Black Rock) that kicks off the evening’s festivities.
Luau activities include Hawaiian cultural demonstrations, storytelling, bookmark making, a Pareo fashion show and an authentic imu ceremony, as well as Tihati Polynesian performance highlights like Fijian warrior dancing, exotic dances of the Tuamotus and Tahitian Princess, Tiara, as well as awe-worthy Samoan fire knife dances. Tickets include a fresh flower lei greeting, Mai Tai and Blue Hawaii cocktail, and an all-you-can-eat buffet with items like potato salad, Maui Gold Pineapple salad, kalua pork and cabbage, Pulehu chicken, grilled fish, lomi lomi salmon, poi, haupia coconut pudding and much more. Choose from the Standard or Preferred Seating options, or Cocktail Only seating.
Located on the Sunset Terrace of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in an oceanfront setting only steps away from Maui’s award-winning Ka’anapali Beach, the Drums of the Pacific Luau takes eager guests of all ages on a journey through the Polynesian islands. Listen for the drums, Hawaiian chant and torch lighting ceremony to signal the start of the event, and revel in the evening’s authentic dance and musical performances of Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Rarotonga and New Zealand, including a photo-worthy fire-knife finale.
Tickets include a traditional lei and mai tai greeting, as well as arts and crafts demonstrations, authentic imu ceremony, Polynesian fashion show, all-you-can-eat buffet, and open bar featuring cocktails, beer and wine. Food items like kalua pork, makamaka vegetables, macadamia nut crusted fish, soba noodle salad and a dessert bar will leave you full and ready to enjoy the luau performances, and guests may choose from General, Preferred or VIP Seating options.
A celebration of Polynesian cuisine, history and culture, Maui’s Feast at Lele Luau is located in a stunning oceanfront setting in the heart of historic Lahaina Town. One of the only luaus on Maui to feature table service during a multi-course, sit-down dinner, you’ll enjoy several courses of inventive cuisine from the Pacific islands of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Tahiti, Samoa and Hawaii, including rotating menu items from Executive Chef Adrian Aina.
The ancient name for ‘Lahaina,’ Lele is also the beach where Maui’s royal family would dine and entertain. During the luau, guests may choose from unlimited cocktails like the Lava Flow, Planters Punch and O’o Farm Special, among others, as well as premium liquors, beer and wine. Performances include Hawaiian chanting, songs and hula dancing, as well as Maori Haka, poi ball dancing, Tahitian drumming and Samoan fire knife dancing.
A winner of the ‘Best Luau in Hawaii’ Award by readers of Hawaii Magazine, Old Lahaina Luau is located in an oceanfront setting directly off of Front Street in Lahaina Town. One of the most authentic Hawaiian luaus on the island, guests are treated to two seating options - traditional Hawaiian mat seating and conventional table seating - as well as cultural dance performances, Hawaiian demonstrations, scrumptious island cuisine and live music.
Tickets include a fresh flower lei greeting, tropical drink and personalized souvenir program, as well as an all-you-can-eat buffet and premium open bar. Evening highlights like the laulima area and imu presentation are ideal for all ages, and the traditional hula dancing, historical storytelling and chanting will give you further insight into the history of Hawaii and its people. Menu items like the lau lau pork, Maui style fish, chicken long rice, roasted vegetables, island crab salad, taro leaf stew, poke, poi and assorted desserts are plentiful and delectable.