Lahaina >Food & Dining > Old Lahaina Luau
1251 Front St, Lahaina, HI | Directions 9676120.885830 -156.684975
We've been to four luau's on the islands and this one is lame in comparison to the others. Food is poor at best.
Traditional seaside luau is one of Maui's most popular tourist attractions. – In Short
A true feast for the senses, Old Lahaina Town's luau includes an evening of food, music and the swaying dance of hula masters. After being welcomed with a lei and a tropical drink, guests are escorted to a table beneath swaying palms at water's edge. Mai Tais and Pina Coladas flow as guests explore demonstrations of early Hawaiian life. As the sun sets and torches are lit, an Imu oven pit is unveiled and traditional hula chanting begins. The buffet features local specialties, including guava chicken, Kalua pork, poi, ahi poke, fresh island fruits and Laulau.
It USED to be Great... – My family and Friends attended last Month (July 2005). Last time I was there was 1996 on our honeymoon. They had the fire eater/dancer/jugglers. Also they have the beginning of the show w/ the queen riding the canoe and coming from the beach and that was fantastic. They took both of them out. Seems like they are doing all the short cuts nowadays. It's so commercialized and overrated. That's why by their entrance lobby the best of Maui plaques on display are only 1997, 98 and 99. For $89.00 an adult and $62.00 for child it's not worth it. Food also is not that great anymore. I heard Maui Marriot is a little bit better and a little bit cheaper.
Definitely worth the money – While more expensive than most Luaus in the area, it is definitely worth the price. From the magnificent sunset view to the ceremonial raising of the pig from the buried oven to the incredible feast and talent, you dont want to miss it! It is popular however, so you'll want reservations. If you have a wife who likes to volunteer you for crazy things like mine does, then you may get called up to dance with the dancers...don't worry though, payback is inevitable when they tell you to bring them up too! :-)
The best luau in town – What you pay for is the experience. A fantastic show, pretty good luau food and a great view of the ocean in the background. The dancers were excellent, shaking their hulas like there was no tomorrow. The service at the table and the bar was extremely welcoming. By far the best luau in maui and one that blends well authenticity with commercialism. Reservations are recommended, but I arrived w/o them. You'll have to wait a bit, but it's worth it. Everyone gets a good view of the show, but seating on the matted floor right up to the stage is the best view!
Traditional Luau – We went to this luau while vacationing in Maui because so many people raved that it was the best one. Having been to a luau many years ago on Oahu, I did have something to compare it to. This luau was authentic, right down to the seating. We were seated on mats and cushions on the ground, and were lucky to reserve 2 weeks in advance so were able to get seating right in front. The performances were great, the service at our tables were great, the food was excellent, and the cocktails weren't watered down like at most luaus. The only thing we missed were the fire dancers, which are actually Samoan, and not a Hawaiian thing, which is why it is not included in this luau.
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