Maui Luaus – Prices, Schedules, and Reviews

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At Go Visit Hawaii, we know that there are a number of different Maui luau options. We also understand gathering all the key details such as prices, days of operation, and reviews can be time consuming and difficult to gather.  Trust me.  I know it is time consuming because it’s taken me a few hours and several phone calls to compile this list.

As promised in the article on tips for choosing a Hawaiian luau and as a service to our readers, we’ve researched and compiled the information to assist you in finding that special luau experience.

This Maui luau list is probably the only place you’ll be able to review all of Maui’s top luaus at a glance without a sales pitch or hidden agenda.

I’ve organized the luaus by area of Maui – West Maui and South Maui.  You’ll notice that most of the luaus are based in West Maui in Kaanapali and Lahaina. 

West Maui

Old Lahaina Luau
Opens: October – March at 5:30; April – September at 6:00
Nights: 7 nights per week
Location/Setting: Oceanfront sunset on North side of Front Street in Lahaina
Prices: $95 for Adults,  Children ages 12 and under $65 (taxes are extra)
Price Includes: Buffet, Open Bar, Polynesian Show and Fresh Floral Lei Greeting
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-808-667-1998; Toll Free 1-800-248-5828
Reviews: TripAdvisor, Yahoo, IgoUgo
Additional Information:
You choose from two different style seating options – on traditional Hawaiian mat seating with a low table (close to the ground) or in conventional tables and chairs.  The mat seating is closer to the stage.  The earlier you make your reservation the better, particularly for seating preference.  In my opinion this luau is one of the top luaus in Maui and  in Hawaii as a whole. The only thing that they don’t offer that most luaus do is Samoan fireknife dancing. They don’t offer a fireknife dancer because they are trying to stay Hawaiian. Old Lahaina Luau has been voted Maui’s best luau by Maui News readers for many years running.  The official website for Old Lahaina Luau is here.

The Feast at Lele
Opens: October – March at 5:30; April – September at 6:00
Nights: 7 nights per week
Location/Setting: Ocean front sunset on South side of Front Street in Lahaina
Prices: $112 for Adults,  Children ages 2-12 and $82 (taxes are extra)
Price Includes: Gourmet table service, Open Bar, Polynesian Show, Orchid Lei Greeting
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Call 1-866-244-5353
Reviews: TripAdvisor, Yahoo, Frommers, iExplore
Additional Information:
Official website.  This is a unique fine dining type luau.  Most luaus only offer buffet service, but this one provides table service.  It is operated by the same folks who run Old Lahaina Luau. Feast at Lele received honorable mentions as the best Maui luau in Maui News readers poll. See my review of Feast at Lele.

Wailele Polynesian Luau
Opens: Check-in at 5:45
Nights: varies by month, see this link for current show dates.
Location/Setting: The grounds of the Westin Maui at Kaanapali Beach
Prices: Premium Seating (first 2 rows) is $125 for adults and $80 for children ages 5-12; Regular Seating (rows 3 and beyond) cost $105 for adults and $65 for children ages 5-12.  Taxes are extra.
Price Includes: Table service for 4-course Polynesian dinner served family-style, lei greeting, cocktails, Polynesian Show
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Call 1-808-667-2525
Reviews: Tripadvisor
Additional Information: Official website.  This is a another unique fine dining type luau.

Drums of the Pacific Luau
Opens: Check-in begins at 4:30pm and seating at 5:00
Nights: 7 nights per week
Location/Setting: Kaanapali Hyatt resort grounds near to Kaanapali Beach
Prices: $105 for Adults, Teens (ages 13-20) are $61, Children ages 6-16 are $49. (Taxes are extra.)
Price Includes: Buffet, Open Bar, Shell lei greeting, and Polynesian Show
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-808-667-4727
Reviews: Yahoo, IgoUgo, TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Preferred and VIP seating is available for additional charges, please see Official website for prices and details.

Royal Lahaina Resort Luau
Opens:
5:00
Nights: During summer months the luau is open 7 days per week.  During winter months the luau is closed on Saturdays.  Call 1-808-661-9119 for current show dates.
Location/Setting: Oceanfront gardens at Royal Lahaina Resort grounds on Kaanapali Beach
Prices: $98 for Adults.  For each paying adult, a child aged 11 or under is entered free.  If you must pay for the child’s fee then it is $25.  These prices are based on booking directly online. At the time of updating these luau options in October, 2011, the luau’s website says, “Special Value for Online Reservations Only: Receive a Tiki Mug & Reserved Seating ($27.00 value).” Taxes are extra.
Price Includes: Buffet, Open Bar, Hula Lessons, Polynesian Show, Shell Lei
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-808-661-9119 or book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor, IgoUgo
Additional Information: Official website.

Sheraton Kaanapali Sunset Luau at Black Rock
Opens:
 5:30
Nights: Open Mondays and Wednesdays
Location/Setting: Beachfront on the lawn by Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach
Prices: $99  for Adults,  Children ages 6-12 are $52.  Premium seating cost $10 more per person.
Price Includes: Buffet, Cocktails, Polynesian Show, Shell Lei Greeting, Taxes
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-808-877-HULA
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Official website and this site too.   This luau is managed by Tihati.

South Maui

Grand Luau at Honua’ula at Grand Wailea Resort
Opens:  Check-in begins at 4:00
Nights:  Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Location/Setting: Oceanfront lawn on grounds of Grand Wailea Resort  
Prices: Adults: $100 and children ages 6-12 $53.13 (includes taxes)
Price Includes: Buffet, Polynesian show, taxes
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: See this link to book online or call 1.808.875-7710
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Official website with youtube video description. Received honorable mentions at in the best Maui luau category for the annual Maui New readers poll in 2011.

Te Au Moana at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort
Opens: 4:00 with most services beginning at 4:30pm
Nights: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays,  Saturdays
Location/Setting: Oceanview luau grounds at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort
Prices: $98 for Adults; $53 for children ages 6-12. Taxes are extra.
Price Includes: Fresh floral lei, buffet, drinks, Polynesian Show
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-808-879-1922
Reviews:
Additional Information: New as of August 2010. More information here.

Notes:
– All prices, websites, schedules and notes were accurate at the time of publishing.
– This luau list is periodically updated as and when new revisions are discovered. The most recent update was October 2011.
– If you are looking for the luau at Waikapu Village Luau at the Maui Tropical Plantation, it closed.

Have you been to any of these Maui luaus?  What did you think?

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We’ve also covered Big Island luaus and Kauai luaus.

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8 comments

  1. Great list! We have only been to OLL and it was great. Although it is a buffet serving a ton of people, everything worked like clockwork. We did not make long lines for anything! We probably will not “do” a luau next time but it’s nice to have such great info in one place. Just in case ;)

  2. Hi Lissete – thanks for sharing your experience at Old Lahaina Luau. I really enjoyed that one. Hopefully you’ll get back to Hawaii soon whether you plan a luau or not. :)

  3. We’ve done both the Old Lahaina Luau and the Sheraton Ka’anapali Sunset Luau thus far on our visits to Maui. The Old Lahaina Luau, as Lissete pointed out, hosts a ton of people and it is almost like a well-oiled machine with how they run everything like clockwork. The Sheraton luau, on the other hand, was much smaller and hand more of an ohana feel to it.

    I think it’s worth noting that each of these luaus offer up different experiences and slightly different atmospheres and scenery. We like to take in at least one luau every trip, and we tell people it’s definitely not a “seen one, seen them all” type of attraction.

  4. Hi Kris – Thanks for adding your Maui luau insight. It’s nice to hear that you had good experiences at both luaus. I’ve been hearing quite a bit of nice things about the Sheraton Kaanapali Sunset Luau. One thing they have that the others don’t is the cliff diver, which is quite impressive.

  5. Hi there,

    I’m leaving for Maui on Wednesday and am wondering if there are any free luaus(cultural activiites) on the West side.

    Thanks,

  6. Hi Ericka – there aren’t any free luaus, but there is a free hula show at the Lahaina Cannery Mall. http://www.lahainacannerymall.com/hula_show.html

    You’ll also find some other freebies or low cost things to do in these articles:
    http://www.govisithawaii.com/2007/12/10/8-great-rainy-day-things-to-do-on-maui/
    http://www.govisithawaii.com/2007/09/20/mauis-top-7-free-or-nearly-free-things-to-do-and-see/

  7. Hi, We will be on Maui the last half of April staying in Kihei. We have heard mixed reviews about the Marriott Wailea show (some have said it was cheesy) and are wondering if we should make the extra effort to attend a West Maui Luau. Do you have an opinion. We are there on a girls trip so we are looking for one that is fun with great entertainment, food & drink. Any opinions would be gratefully appreciated.

  8. Hi Danna – That’s a very good question and I’m not sure if there is a correct answer. Here’s some food for thought:
    – it was difficult for me to find reviews of the Wailea Marriott luau and they really don’t carry much information about it on their own website. Just speaking from my personal experience, the lack of information kind of scares me.
    – There’s probably a little bit of cheesiness in every luau.
    – In my opinion, I’d go to one of the West Maui luaus….I’d put the Old Lahaina Luau, the Feast at Lele, and the Sheraton Kaanapali Sunset luau on the top of my list.

    I hope this helps. I’d love for others to chime with their opinion.

    Please let us know what you choose and how you liked it. Have a wonderful time in Maui!

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