Regarded as one of Hawaii's best luaus, this West Maui spectacle has been featured in National Geographic Traveler and ... More
Old Lahaina Luau
Regarded as one of Hawaii's best luaus, this West Maui spectacle has been featured in National Geographic Traveler and many other publications. It recently moved to a new, larger location, which is modeled after an old-fashioned village and specially designed to showcase the ancient arts featured onstage. Entertainment includes musical presentations, hula dances, craft demonstrations and more. A lavish buffet featuring roasted pork is accompanied by tropical drinks. Check out the website for more information.
When anyone asks my husband or myself what the best part of our Hawaii trip was, we say it was the Old Lahaina Luau by far! We had an amazing time, amazing food, and amazing show! Our experience exceeded anything we had in mind. We did the luau our last night in Hawaii and it was the best way to end our trip to the beautiful state. We would recommend this and it was totally worth the time and money!
Our group of six left the Old Lahaina Luau feeling empty and ripped off. The food was luke warm at best, bland, and not all-you-can-eat. What you put on your small plate the first time you go through the buffet line is all you get. Then for dessert, all you get are a few small coin size treats that are brought to your table. As for drinks, the waiters appeared to be catering to those who were drinking alcohol, but our group who was simply having water, our glasses would run dry. We should have realized this would be the case upon how we were greeted at the gate. There were at least 30 glasses of alcoholic drinks already prepared to be given to guests coming through the gate. But when we entered the gate and declined the alcohol, the line came to a stand still while someone had to go and prepare some glasses of ice water. The hula dancers were entertaining, but don't expect to see any fire dancers or anything earth shattering. Save your money and go somewhere else!
A fantastic location, delicious Hawaiian food, very courteous and attentive staff and a truly unforgettable show with good explanations of the legends of Hawaii performed by beautiful dancers. Our first visit to Hawaii ( from U.K. ) coincided with our wedding anniversary and we were not alone at the Luau as there were many other couples like us and lots of Honeymooners too, one guy even proposed while we were having our "special" Anniversary/Honeymoon Waltz, this also helped make the atmosphere feel more romantic and exciting - she said Yes !. It is also great fun to see all us old guys wearing our brand new fancy Hawaiian "floral" shirts. A fabulous introduction to Maui and I always recommend it to anyone who listens, DO NOT be put off the food by the nay-sayers it is first-class unless you prefer to eat at McD or P Hut and the boys & girls will fetch a fresh MaiTai ( or tipple of your choice ) as soon as you like. Yes I have already made reservations to return to Maui this year and while I am in paradise I shall also return to the fabulous Old Lahaina Luau, it's worth every penny!.
After writing the review that you see below, I went home and found a check from OLD LAHAINA LUAU for the refund of the meal.
I still would say that I had a really bad food experience there, but at least they were nice enough to acknowledge the inconvenience and reimburse both my wife and I the full amount of the meal.
My wife was dying to go to a Luau and we were told this was the best one on the island. We had a great time. Prior to the show there are a bunch of stations near the water where they show you how the early Hawaiian's made fishing nets, lei's, etc. They unearth the pig for you which is cool, but make sure you get to the area early otherwise you are stuck in the back and can't see much. The best part is the energy that the bartenders and waiters have. Their main objective is to make sure you are having a good time and they do a great job.
Family vacation in the Fall of 2007. The luau was fantastic. Once the sun sets and the festivities begin, there is nothing like it. Paid a little extra to sit up nest to the stage, and it was well worth it. Even our 2 daughters(8&6) were wide-eyed the entire time.
We went to the Old Lahaina Luau in September 2007. It was great! We actually stayed at the Royal Lahaina Resort, but went to this luau instead, just to get away and try something outside our resort area. It was great! The food was delicious. I can appreciate how these people do this year round for annoying tourists, but they were very friendly and accomidating. The show was awesome, with so many different dances and costume changes. If anyone has any reservations about choosing this luau on your trip, don't!
This luau is the best there is on Maui. If you want to be apart of it you MUST book it 3 months ahead to get in. Don't wait till you get here to get seats; they'll be gone by then. Love the food, staff & atmosphere here. It's not so large that you lose the Polynesian Culture!
Old Lahaina Luau's welcome began as we left the sidewalk in front of the venue. We were escorted through to the entrance, our tickets were taken, and a mai-tai was placed in our hand, all with welcoming smiles from staff. We were then escorted to our tables, and the evening briefly explained to us. There were areas to observe island crafts and arts, places to get photos, dance lessons, and two separate buffet areas to keep everybody well fed later on. The serve staff kept the spirit 'up' and and the drinks coming. The seating nearest the stage for those who wanted to sit on the floor was great, especially for families with little ones, who sat entranced (like the rest of us!) during the entertainment. Live music, great dancers, and the master-chanter--they all gave great performances. It's easy to see they love their home, and their art. It will remain one of my most memorable experiences on Maui!