Considered the best luau on Maui, the Old Lahaina Luau is a must-do. As you step inside the luau, which means “party” in Hawaiian, you will be greeted with a fresh flower lei necklace. The large, open atmosphere has visitors overlooking the ocean. Visitors can roam around the large luau space before dinner, to take beachfront photos, learn Hawaiian traditions and dances like the hula, or shop the local artisans’ goods.
Make sure to venture over to the kalua pig area when it’s unearthed from its traditional Hawaiian underground oven, called an imu. The pork eaten at a luau is called a kalua pig because of the way it was prepared and cooked. Kalua literally means to cook in an underground oven. After the pig is revealed to all of the party guests, it’s time to take your seat.
The all-you-can-eat buffet is filled with a variety of traditional Hawaiian foods. There is pork, chicken, rice, bread, vegetables, beef, pasta, salads, fish and more. After dinner and mouthwatering desserts, it’s time for the show.
As the sun sets, the story of the Hawaiians begins. The entertaining and educational show tells the story of Hawaiian culture through music, dance and songs from the history of the Polynesians arriving in Hawaii, to the contemporary style of the hula today. The male and female dancers are outstanding and families will be in amazement by the traditional Hawaiian dance moves. Grass skirts, drum beats, chants and excellent storytelling make the show exactly what you want in a family-friendly luau.
Seven nights a week; times vary by season.
Things to Know/Bring: Arrive early; there are plenty of things to see and do before dinner and the show start. Advance reservations are a must. At the time of booking, you can choose to sit at the traditional mat tables, where guests sit on pillows on the ground, or at conventional tables with chairs. Seating is reserved and prioritized at booking. The entire luau experience runs about two and half hours.
Free parking is available in a parking lot.