Old Lahaina Luau
The Old Lahaina Luau is world renowned and is hands down the best on Maui. It’s beloved for its respectful presentation of an authentic Hawaiian luau showcasing Hawaiian music, regional cuisine, cultural dances and demos.
Set in an intimate venue in front of the ocean in downtown Lahaina, right in front of the ocean and near all the great shops and art galleries of Maui’s historic capital.
The luau is not too crowded, has excellent food, a premium open bar, and great hula dancing. The staff has the Luau experience down to a science, handing you a mai tai as you walk in, just before guiding you to your table.
Service here is exceptional and the seating is amphitheater style, so everyone has a great view of the stage. The front row features traditional pillow seating. The crowd is mostly adults, and the performance is still very kid-friendly.
Native Hawaiian Cuisine
Old Lahaina Luau has an excellent buffet. Everything is cooked fresh in the traditional fashion. This is the best place to come if you want a taste of how Native Hawaiian food was before the influence of American, Portuguese, and Asian cuisine.
Indulge in the classic kalua pork, slow-roasted as a whole pig in the traditional underground “imu” oven. And then there’s Pork, which is wrapped in taro leaves and cooked until it’s as soft as butter. Don’t forget to dip it in poi, or taro root paste. It’s an acquired taste, but definitely worth a try if you want to do it right. You’ve also got to sample their ultra-tender pineapple marinated chicken. For dessert, they have a ridiculous chocolate brownie topped with rich macadamia nuts.
Hula Dancing & the Hawaiian Story
Hula dancing and the story it tells about Hawaiian history are the stars of the Old Lahaina Luau. Since this is an authentic Hawaiian Luau, you won’t find fire twirling and knife dancing, as these performances originate in Polynesia and Samoa. This Luau is committed to authenticity, only choosing acts that are integral to Native Hawaiian culture. But don’t get me wrong, the dancing here is excellent!
Luau Activities Before the Show
Besides the show itself, there are plenty of side activities. They have a workshop where you can make your own flower lei. You can also watch wood carving and basket weaving demonstrations.