Once the sun sets, the fun begins at the Royal Lahaina Luau. This celebration of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture and history sets myths and ancient stories to music and dance, all in view of the ocean. Held nightly among the beautiful gardens of the Royal Lahaina Resort, the luau is sure to enchant. A luau is a quintessential part of a Hawaiian vacation for good reason—it's a fantastic way to enjoy a memorable evening and experience the heritage of the South Pacific.
Located on an exclusive stretch of Kaanapali Beach, just north of Black Rock, the resort is known for its welcoming hospitality, Hawaiian ambience, and top-notch service. An extensive renovation project wrapped up in 2007, upgrading the guestrooms and suites of the twelve-story Lahaina Kai Tower. Also located on the 27 acres, cottages provide excellent views of the ocean and the lush gardens, which are a reminder of the era of Hawaii plantations.
Resort guests and other visitors are invited to attend the luau at the Royal Lahaina; however, reservations are needed ahead of time. Once tickets have been secured and visitors have arrived at the resort, they can enjoy a fine example of Maui's nightlife and they're greeted with an aloha as well as a shell lei. Before the start, there are opportunities to take photos and watch arts and crafts demonstrations.
The luau at the Royal Lahaina officially begins with the sounding of a conch shell and beating drums, traditional signals that a Polynesian luau is starting. The lyrical stage show is filled with energy, bright costumes, and dynamic music. A master of ceremonies guides the show, which features dancers, musicians, and fire artists. Performances reflect the culture of Hawaii, Tahiti, and Samoa, weaving traditional dances and legends of the South Pacific into a spellbinding show. The end of the Royal Lahaina Luau is particularly amazing, as all of the performers come together to present the fire dance finale.
As with most traditional celebrations, food is an essential part of the celebrations. While at the Royal Lahaina Luau, guests will enjoy island fare, served on an all-you-can-eat buffet. Diners can eat until they've had their fill from a menu features Kalua pig, turkey, fresh fish, and chicken. The imu demonstration will reveal the inner workings of the underground oven.
The rich array of side dishes includes sweet potatoes, fried rice, salads, and corn. Luau guests also can sample Hawaiian delicacies of fresh pineapple, poi, taro, guava bread, and Lomi Lomi salmon. The meal wraps up with chocolate cake, Hawaiian pudding, and coconut cream cake. Open-bar service provides access to standard cocktails, as well as the Hawaiian specialties—mai tais. Other options include beer, wine, fruit punch, and soft drinks.
The luau at the Royal Lahaina is a family-friendly affair. The Keiki (kids buffet) is full of favorite and familiar foods, such as chicken nuggets, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, and potato chips. Visitors under the age of eleven often can attend the luau for free when visiting with a paying adult.