The Feast at Lele offers a refined luau and a welcome departure from the buffet lines and large tables. At the Feast at Lele, guests sit at tables to fit their group size, so you aren’t sitting with strangers. If you are looking for a more romantic luau, I’d recommend the Feast at Lele because you and your sweetie sit together at a private table for two.
Another distinguishing feature of the Feast at Lele is their table service and multi-course Polynesian dinner. While most luaus offer buffet service first and then the Polynesian show, at the Feast at Lele, a course is served that features the cuisine of a particular Polynesian island nation along with music and dancing from those islands. The Polynesian island nations of Hawaii, Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Samoa are all featured. Servers bring three or four different dishes per island nation to your table in a family-style service. Here’s a selection of menu items:
- Pohole Fern, Asparagus and Heart of Palm Salad (Hawaii)
- Country Green Duck Salad with Poha Berry Dressing (Aotearoa – New Zealand)
- Fafa – Steamed Chicken and taro leaf in coconut milk (Tahiti)
- Shrimp and Avocado with Passion Fruit (Samoa)
The service was very good, especially considering that a large crowd was all being served the same food at the same time. We never really had to wait for anything. We ordered just about every cocktail on the menu to try and they were all delivered with very little wait. (Don’t worry, we didn’t get toasted. The drinks are very mild.)
Some other features of the Feast at Lele add to a great luau experience are:
- Guests are greeted with fresh orchid leis, which used to be the norm, but now most luaus only give a shell lei or no lei at all.
- The ocean front setting in Lahaina was beautiful and romantic. When the weather isn’t overcast, guests have a great sunset view.
- The raised stage is parallel to the ocean for good views. Tables for two are angled towards the stage. With many luaus, the tables are either perpendicular to the stage or round tables where some guests’ backs are to the stage. See this link for a photo I took from my table.
- The show lighting was excellent and made the costumes very vibrant.
- The grand finale of the show is a fire knife dancer, which is always a treat to see.
Andy and I took my parents to the Feast at Lele on our recent visit to Maui. This luau was my parents first, though Andy and I have been to others in Hawaii. We were all very pleased with our evening at the Feast at Lele. I would recommend this luau to friends and family.
If I could change anything about the Feast at Lele, I would make the Polynesian show segments longer. It seemed like they weren’t very long — maybe just five or so minutes at a time. Something else I’d change is that there wasn’t a dedicated restroom for the luau grounds. The Feast at Lele is located adjacent to a shopping and office complex. The restroom was away from the luau in the shopping complex. It wasn’t too far of a walk, but not within earshot of the show.
Here’s what to know before you go:
- Their Web site is www.feastatlele.com
- Location: 505 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761
- Call 866-244-5353 for more information
- The Feast at Lele is more expensive than the average luau. The cost is $110 per person and does not include gratuities.
- See the photos we snapped during our visit.
- See this link to see a list of all Maui luaus and how Feast at Lele compares.
Have you been to the Feast at Lele? How was your experience?