We know Maui. We should, we live here!
Luaus are a big deal on the island, probably the most popular of tourist activities. They don’t come cheap, but they attract a wide range of clients, including families and couples. For one thing, if you are interested, it is best to reserve ahead, since they sell out. It is easy to book ahead on sites such as Activity Maui.
The Old Lahaina Luau is a good example of a moderately-priced luau. It is in Lahaina at one end of Front Street, with a beautiful sunset view. It is readily wheelchair accessible. We found it to be a very professional operation, from start to finish. Check-in is fast and efficient and the fresh lei is a very welcoming touch. The seating is good. They have a section for traditional seating, meaning that one sits on a pillow and both eats and watches the show with legs crossed or extended. I for one wouldn’t have survived that ordeal.
Fortunately most of the seating is at regular tables, which are quite comfortable. The food is good and it is plentiful (perhaps too much food), and served by friendly staff, so no need to wait in a buffet line. The booze menu is somewhat small, but the bottomless drinks were tasty (I particularly loved the MaiTai). The appetizers were delicious. As for the show itself, it follows a standard theme of introducing the patrons to Polynesian culture and history. The obligatory hula dancing was well-done. The show lasted around 1.5 hours and was a good entertainment. People left happy as did my wife and I.
As seniors, my wife and I were concerned about those aspects of the experience that are not always highlighted. The noise level was acceptable, the restrooms were convenient, the food choice included a veggie option, and the staff were attentive and caring. Parking was easy, including several handicap spaces right at the entrance. Masks were obligatory and the tables were appropriately separated. So bottom line, a very pleasant and memorable experience on Maui.
My wife and I have been on the island for almost a year. We?ve had lots of experiences, some of which we?d like to share with you. It has been a rough ride, but activities and dining have started to return. We?ve got no agenda, merely the hope that our impressions can help other seniors to enjoy their time on Maui.Frank H.