When planning a Maui vacation, many visitors include time at luaus on their list of things to do. So much more than dinner, these memorable expressions offer travelers a chance to experience the rich history and culture of the South Pacific, complete with food, music, and dance.
The dancers, drummers, craft artists, servers, and other staff of the Old Lahaina Luau Maui take pride in their presentation of an authentic Hawaiian-style luau. Located along the ocean in Lahaina, the setting is perfect for this engaging place to enjoy Maui's nightlife. Old Lahaina luau tickets include an entertaining show, a hearty meal, and a whole evening filled with Hawaiian traditions of music, cuisine, dance, island crafts, and watching the sun set on the ocean.
Upon arrival, guests of the Old Lahaina Luau are greeted with warm welcomes, fresh-flower leis, and tropical drinks. Everyone receives a souvenir program before being escorted to their seats. The guide will show them around the beautiful grounds. Before the show begins, there is an opportunity to listen to Hawaiian-style music and to watch demonstrations of traditional arts, crafts, and other elements of island life. Photographers stroll throughout the grounds, but there's no obligation to purchase a picture.
One of the most dramatic parts of the Old Lahaina Luau Maui happens when the Kalua pig is unearthed from the underground oven, traditionally called the imu. Guests are encouraged to gather along the shores of the ocean to watch this amazing sight. Of course the pig is the centerpiece of the menu, but it's just one of the tasty options.
Once guests are escorted to the eating house at the Old Lahaina Luau, they're in for a treat. The bounty includes Hawaiian delicacies such as poi, marinated Ahi tuna, island-style chicken, fried rice, taro-leaf salad, fresh fruit, Lomi Lomi salmon, and banana bread. Guests also can fill their plates with grilled steak, stir-fried vegetables, tossed salads, and sweet potatoes. Every table is served taro rolls and macadamia nut butter. The meal culminates with island desserts including brownies and tarts with macadamia nuts, coconut haupia, and lilikoi mousse chocolate cups. On top of that, premium open-bar service is available throughout the night.
Once the sun sets on the Old Lahaina Luau Maui, the main show begins, telling the history of Hawaii through hula, music, and drumming. As the show progresses, the audience learns the story of the Polynesian migration across the ocean to Hawaii. Different hula dances reflect the eras of the arrival of the missionaries and the reign of King Kalakaua into the modern era.
Long after the Old Lahaina Luau has ended, memories of Hawaiian-style dining, enchanting hula dances, and a warm welcome will remain.
Reservations are required to secure Old Lahaina luau tickets. The experience is available seven nights a week, though the schedule can vary throughout the year. Special rates are available for visitors under the age of thirteen. Guests have their choice of two different Old Lahaina Luau tickets—either a conventional table and chairs or Hawaiian-style, which involves being seated at a mat. Special considerations can be made for infants, who enter at no charge, and guests in wheelchairs. For travelers who want to make a night of it, several nearby Lahaina hotels will provide overnight accommodations.