Feast at Lele

(4.5)
$130
Why We Love It -  This less traditional luau features table service, beachside dining, and a feast of polynesian foods. This is considered the most romantic luau on Maui.

Share the Aloha on a journey through Polynesia while enjoying entertainment under the starlit sky!


Experience a voyage through the music and dances of the Pacific Islands as the sun sets into the ocean. Individual table service provides a romantic and intimate setting at the edge of the Lahaina shoreline facing a panoramic view of the West Maui sunset. Executive Chef Adrian Aina presents an exotic and gourmet menu featuring five epicurean courses from the Polynesian Island nations of Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa during a sit-down, full service, royal tour of Polynesian cuisine.


Lele is the ancient name for Lahaina and the luau grounds were once where the royal family of Maui would feast and entertain. All aspects of this luau including costumes, music, and dances have been designed with authenticity in mind.  

Features
  • Mai Tai cocktail greeting with a fresh flower lei
  • Open bar and table service included throughout the evening
  • Five-course gourmet dinner using locally sourced ingredients

Menu

First Course - Hawaii
Here on the beautiful islands of Hawaii, we honor the 'aina (land), our ali'i (royalty), and all the natural beauty surrounding us with the oli (chant), mele (song), and hula (dance).

  • TRADITIONAL POLYNESIAN STAPLES - Banana & sweet potato chips served with tropical ginger & ogo seaweed salsa.
  • IMU ROASTED KALUA PUA'A - Pork seasoned w/ Hawaiian salt, cooked traditional (imu) style in an underground oven shredded & served w/ pohole fern shoots.
  • LOMI LOMI SALMON & KALO PUREE - Sous vide salted salmon w/ pickled onion, green onion, island tomato & black sea salt.
  • THIRD HAWAIIAN MENU ITEM - Chef's special creation changes monthly.

Second Course - New Zealand  
Welcome to Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud, also known as present-day New Zealand. Home to the Maori people who journeyed from some of the most remote land masses in the world. The Maori are believed to have migrated to Aotearoa from the Marquesas, Cook, and Society Islands.

You will notice their facial tattoos or moko. This was used to symbolize one’s genealogy and personal identity. Dancers perform a Haka, a war dance, that was used to intimidate their enemies and an exciting dance using poi balls, which are used to imitate the actions and rhythms in nature.

  • HARORE KUMARA - Medley of stewed mushrooms & onion, served with orange & purple sweet potato.
  • MITI HANGI - 5-hour island scented braised short ribs with a kiwi fruit soy jus.
  • THIRD AOTEAROA MENU ITEM - Chef's special creation changes monthly.


Third Course - Tahiti
Tahiti is a land of intrigue and romance that captures the imagination. From the verdant majesty of its lush mountains rising out of the mist to the startling clarity of its coral lagoons, Tahiti is considered by many as the tropical image of Polynesia. Sit back and enjoy the sensual swing of hips and pulsing rhythm of the ancient drums, which combine to create a titillating dance performance. Experience the romantic lure of Tahiti as oversized headdresses made of grasses and shells balance the exuberant movements of the hip and hand.

  • E-IAOTA (POISSON CRU) - Fresh island fish & vegetable marinated in lime juice & coconut milk.
  • MOA - Grilled mango ginger chicken w/ a Tahitian lime aioli & mango relish.
  • THIRD TAHITI MENU ITEM - Chef's special creation changes monthly.

Fourth Course - Samoa
Our evening's journey ends in Samoa, "the cradle of Polynesia" literally the sacred center of its fiery soul. The islands of Samoa are a lush jungle-shrouded paradise where homes are open to nature, and the people open their hearts to you. The energetic and vigorous Samoan dance is punctuated by the staccato slapping of legs and feet, and rhythmic clapping of hands. Men wear shredded leaf leggings which emphasize their movements, while women don very finely woven leaf skirts to accentuate their gracefulness. The famed fire knife dance is an important component of their culture and a fitting end to our show.

  • PALUSAMI - Braised coconut cream corned beef w/ baked ulu wrapped in taro leaves.
  • STEW FIGOTA - Fresh island fish in mussels, clams, and shrimp stew w/ coconut banana cream.
  • THIRD SAMOA COURSE ITEM - Chef's special creation, changes monthly.

Fifth Course - Dessert
  • PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE - With whipped haupia cream (coconut pudding)

DRINKS


  • COCKTAILS -Mai Tai, Pina Colada, Banana Madness, Lava Flow, Island Iced Tea, Blue Hawaiian, Planters Punch, O'o Farm Special (fresh selection changes daily)
  • LIQUORS - Pau Vodka (Maui vodka made w/ Maui Gold Pineapple), Maui Rum (Light & Dark), Bombay Sapphire Gin, Dewars White Label Scotch, Cazadores Tequila, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Bulleit Bourbon, Christian Brothers Brandy, Carolans Irish Cream
  • BEERS - Amstel Light, Coors Light, Bikini Blonde Lager (Maui), Big Swell IPA (Maui), Longboard Lager (Hawaii), Steinlager (New Zealand), Hinano (Tahiti Seasonal), Becks (non-alcohol)
  • WINES - Sparkling Wine, White Zinfandel, Moscato, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Port Wine

Gratuity is not included. A 16% service charge will be included for parties of 10 or more.
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Time Spring (Feb - Apr) and Fall (Sept) -  6:30 pm
Summer (May - Aug) -  7 pm
Winter (Oct - Jan) -  6 pm

Check-in is at least 30 minutes before showtime.
Duration 3.5 hours
Location Lahaina

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations with more than 48 hours notice are eligible for a full refund. No shows and cancellations with less than 48 hours are subject to full charges.


Last Minute Bookings

Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.


Restrictions

Notify agent if wheelchair access is necessary.
No strollers; unless a child seat is purchased (due to limited space); car seats okay at no additional charge


Frequently Asked Questions


Reviews

Review Summary
(4.5)
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- Nov 2018 -

Kris T

Loved how unique this luau is! It was a great culture experience, with each of the 5 courses having a different country cuisine and paired with a dance from that country. The staff was attentive and welcoming and the dancers were awesome. The food was good, and you can't beat unlimited booze. A bonus, was that the course were served family style for the table, instead of the typical buffet line. Really led to a more intimate experience. I would recommend this luau if your in Maui.

(4.0)
- Nov 2018 -

RonaldJohn28

I've refrained from reviewing Lele for so many years because I like the "intimate" setting there and don't want to lose it (and advertise too much). The one "con" I'll share at the end. But after 25 years of going to Maui (twice a year - cause of our timeshare) I might as well share why it's the best. #1 it's tight and more intimate along the gentle lapping of the light waves at that part of town #2 you have multiple "private" servers for each table sitting. #3 the dancers are definitely of a higher professional caliber than the others (and likely get paid better). #4 (and most important in many ways) is that before the show (or after) you're right smack downtown Lahaina and don't need to go back to your car - - you merely stroll on the Lahaina Front St. and snoop in and out of the local vendors & bars and "live" music and art galleries. Adds to the ambiance. If you go to the others, you're either hemmed in by Tour busses that "bus 'em in" afterward (read: Old Lahaina) or you're stuck at the Luau "hotel resort" sponsoring the activity -- and in my opinion the whole name of the game while you're there is to get "away from the hotel" environment -- not get further into it. #5 the quality and amount of food is much better than the "cattle calls" of all the other Luaus, which are all more like college "buffets" or smorgasbords. So if you want a "quality" experience -- this is the place to be. They charge probably $15 or $20 more a person - - but if you want to save the 15-bucks? sure go to the college chow-line or buffet style (even if they say it's "private" . . it'll have a buffet, or college co-ed dining room feeling. The one Con of Lele??? Don't ask me why, but as many servers as Lele has? It seems it takes a bit of time to get a drink -- every single year we remind them of this (longer than usual even than for a restaurant.) But we still keep going there for the experience.

(5.0)
- Oct 2018 -

Joanna M

Absolutely the very best experience. 5 courses of gourmet regional Hawaiian food paired with the regional show. Served family style it is excellent food; more than you could eat. Open bar more than you can drink. Our best experience on the islands. Don’t miss this one!

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Stephanie T.

My friends recommended this luau and even hosted their wedding guests there for dinner. It also got a good write up in my guidebook so I figured it was...

(4.0)

Judy V.

I've told my friends I am done with luau's in Hawaii. For the past 4 times that I've been to Oahu I have gone to Paradise Cove all 4 times! But they...

(5.0)

Dai P.

Do not listen to the bad reviews! I have honestly been to many luaus on Kauai, Oahu and Maui over many years. This is the absolute best luau you will go to...

(5.0)