Maui Luaus – Prices, Schedules, and Reviews

hula dancers at a maui luau
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 (Lahaina, Kaanapali) –

Old Lahaina Luau
Nights: 7 nights per week
Location/Setting: Oceanfront sunset on North side of Front Street in Lahaina
Prices: $105 for Adults,  Children ages 3 to 12 and under $75.  “Highchair infants” not occupying a standard seat, ages 0-2 years old are free. These prices do not include the required 4.16% tax rate.
Price Includes: Buffet, open bar, Polynesian show and fresh floral lei. Tax is not included in the above price. Estimate taxes at 4.16% more.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-800-248-5828 or book online.
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: You choose from two different style seating options – traditional Hawaiian mat seating with a low table (close to the ground) or 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 remain as Hawaiian as possible. 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
Nights: 7 nights per week
Location/Setting: Ocean front sunset on south side of Front Street in Lahaina
Prices: $125 for adults (ages 13 and up),  Children ages 2-12 and $93.75.
Price Includes: Gourmet table service, open bar, Polynesian show, orchid lei greeting and tax. Gratuity is not included in the above pricing and is at your discretion.
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Call 1-808-667-5353 or book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor
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. Unlike Old Lahaina Luau, the Feast at Lele, do offer a Samoan Fireknife dance show. See our review of Feast at Lele.

Wailele Polynesian Luau
Nights: varies by month, see this link for current show dates.
Location/Setting: The grounds of the Westin Maui at Kaanapali Beach
Prices: Traditional seating pricing is $110 per adult (ages 13 and up) and $65 for children ages 6 to 12. Premium Seating  is $125 for adults and $80 for children ages 6 to 12. Tax of 4.16% is an additional charge.
Price Includes: Buffet dinner, open bar, and Polynesian show
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Call 1-808-661-2992
Reviews: Tripadvisor
Additional Information: Official website.

Drums of the Pacific Luau
Nights: 7 nights per week
Location/Setting:  On the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort in Kaanapali.
Prices: General seating $95 for adults (age 13 and up) and $65 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under are free. Preferred seating is $119 for adults (age 13 and up), children ages 6-12 are $65. These prices do not reflect the required 4.16% tax.
Price Includes: Buffet, open bar, shell lei greeting, and Polynesian show
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-808-667-4727 or book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Preferred and VIP seating is available for additional charges, please see the hotel’s website along with the production company’s website for more information.

The Myths of Maui Luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort
Nights: During summer months the luau is open 7 days per week.  From September through May the luau is usually closed on Saturdays.
Location/Setting: Oceanfront gardens at the Royal Lahaina Resort grounds by Kaanapali Beach
Prices: General seating for adults (age 13 and up) is $85 and $35 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 5 are not charged. VIP seating is $108 for adults (age 13 and up) and $35 for all children under the age of 12. Tax and fees are extra.
Price Includes: Buffet, shell lei, open bar and Polynesian show. Tax and fees are an additional charge.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-808-661-9119 or book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Official website

Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock at the Sheraton Maui
Nights: Open Mondays and Wednesdays. The show is also offered of Fridays during peak seasons.
Location/Setting: Beachfront on the lawn of the Sheraton Maui Resort by Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach
Prices: $108 for adults (age 13 and up),  $60 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under are free. Premium seating cost $10 more per person.
Price Includes: Buffet, cocktails, Polynesian show, fresh flower lei, tax and gratuity.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-877-846-5554 or book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Official website and this site too.

– South Maui (Wailea) –

Grand Luau at Honua’ula at Grand Wailea Resort
Nights:  Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Location/Setting: Beachfront lawn on grounds of Grand Wailea Resort 
Prices:  Standard seating prices for adults (ages 13 and up) is $105.21, children ages 6 to 12 is $56.25 children age 5 and under are free. Premium seating coast $116.67 for adults (age 13 and up) and $87.50 for children (ages 6 to 12). Prices include tax.
Price Includes: Lei greeting, cocktails, beverages, buffet, Polynesian show and tax.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Book online or call 1.808.875-7710
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Official website with youtube video description.

Te Au Moana at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort
Nights: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays,  Saturdays
Location/Setting: Beachfront luau grounds at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort
Prices: Standard seating for adults cost $110 and $63 for children ages 6 to 12. Preferred seating for adults is $120 and $73 for children ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under are free. Tax of 4.16% is extra.
Price Includes: Fresh floral lei or carved wooden fish hook necklace, buffet, cocktails, beverages and Polynesian show.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-877-872-2740
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Official website

Notes:
– All prices, websites, schedules and notes were accurate at the time of the most recent update in May 2015. However, the information is subject to change without notice. Before booking, be sure and verify all the details that are important to you. We have provided contact information for each luau provider for your convenience.
– This luau list is periodically updated as and when new revisions are discovered. The most recent update was May 2015.

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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