Maui Luau Guide
Hawaii is known for it's exotic and entertaining luaus. Maui leads all of the islands in its number and quality of luau festivities. A luau is a traditional Hawaiian/ Polynesian feast accompanied by a live performance of dancing, music, and spectacles.
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The luau feast usually involves the unearthing of the Emu. Traditionally, a whole pig is prepared and buried in the earth with banana leaves and hot coals. After slow roasting the pig, they unbury it and serve the pork with many other authentic Hawaiian foods. Poi, a Hawaii staple made from taro, is often part of the Hawaiian feast as well as beef, and chicken. If you're looking for a vegetarian luau in Hawaii, don't worry. All of Maui's luaus offer a wide choice of vegetarian dishes.
Maui Luau Shows
The Luau show encompasses a variety of acts with cultural narratives to guide you through the history of Polynesian travels to our islands. Along with hula dancing and great music, the shows all feature their own twist to entertain you. Some have Cirque du Soleil style acrobatics in the trees, others offer multiple fire dancers. You'll find most of the luaus on Maui have fire dancing. This is something not to be missed as professionals dazzle the crowd with fire knife twirling exhibitions.
Generally, a Maui luau is something you don't want to miss out on when visiting the island. The prices vary but are reasonable for what you get. On the South side of Maui, we suggest the Wailea Marriott Luau. On the West side of Maui, we suggest the Old Lahaina Luau, which is regarded as the most authentic Hawaiian of the Luaus. If you're on a budget, check out the Kaanapali Beach Luau. This luau is especially designed for families and kids. The Feast at Lele is hailed as being the most romantic of the Maui luaus making it great for newlyweds or any couple looking for romance.
A Maui vacation isn't complete without some culture from the Hawaiian Islands. And what better way to receive it than with a large meal, open bar, awe-inspiring sunset, and a great show?
To get the best prices and big discounts, you can go through a third party activity reseller. They are everywhere on the island and can save you quite a lot of money off of the original ticket price. If you book more than one activity with them, you can often get even lower prices.
Though it's not for everyone, we recommend those who are on a budget take advantage of the discounts available when participating in a timeshare presentation. Most activity resellers offer these tours. You can get some of your activities in Maui for FREE, and make over one hundred dollars cash. It takes around 1 1/2 hours, and can be scheduled around your other activities. You don't have to buy anything, and you'll get paid well. There are restrictions, so call or ask about them before you get into it heavily.
Kaanapali Beach Club Luau
I have not had the full experience of going to a Luau because of the cost of them. We stay at the kaanapali Beach Club when we go to Maui. They started to offer the Luau's right on the beach so I got to watch the Luau from the pool side. It was a real nice treat just to be able to watch such great performers right at sunset. Some day I will get to experience the full Luau. Mahalo!
Royal Lahaina Luau
In 2009 we attended the Royal Lahaina Luau. We arrived for the show and it started to rain pretty hard so they handed out ponchos. We felt that since we had paid $90.00 each for the dinner and show we didn't want to sit in the rain. We asked if we could reschedule for a different night and they allowed it. We enjoyed ourselves but the food wasn't very good. The show was excellent and the mc was very funny and kept the show going. We didn't like that we were all crammed into long tables coming straight out from the stage and had to look left or right for the whole show as we couldn't look directly at the stage. The staff weren't very friendly or helpful and it really felt like we were being herded. Once we were seated there was very little interaction between the staff and guests. Overall enjoyable but not our first choice for luau's.
Joanne & Jon
I went to the Old Lahaina Luau 2 years ago and it was a ton of fun, I learned to hula, and the food was fun and the entertainers were great too! Would definitely recommend however that is the only luau i've been to, and Ii hear Feast at Lele is amazing....
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