7 Best Luaus in Maui in 2023

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One swift google search and you’ll find a wide variety of luaus on Maui to choose from. All of the luaus have something unique to offer, but if we had to name what we believe is the best luau on Maui it would have to be Feast at Lele for its delicious farm to table Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine, authentic and exciting demonstrations of hula, and private, romantic table service.

But before we get into our full list of recommendations, you may be wondering about some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about luaus.

What do I need to know before going to a luau?

Hawaiian luaus today symbolize celebrations such as births and weddings but that wasn’t always the case. Understanding the history of Hawaiian luaus will allow you to engage with the local culture and people, while respecting cultural values.

Do all the luaus have fire dancers?

Most do except for the Old Lahaina Luau, which focuses solely on Hawaiian culture and not the surrounding Polynesian islands where fire dancing originated. This makes the Old Lahaina Luau the most authentic luau on Maui.

How much does it cost to go to a luau on Maui?

Typically adult tickets range from $150-$275 per person. Tickets for kids 5-12 years old typically range from $100-$200, and infants from 0-4 years old are typically free.

Is it worth it to go to a luau on Maui?

A resounding, YES! Luaus are one of the best things to do in Maui. In one captivating evening you can experience the tastes of authentic Hawaiian cuisine, watch exciting performances of hula and Polynesian dance, and listen to the ecstatic beat of hula drums intermingling with wistful ukulele music that you’re unlikely to find at a resort.

2023 Best Luaus on Maui

  1. Feast at Lele - Best overall
  2. Old Lahaina Luau - Most authentic
  3. Grand Wailea Luau - Best luxury luau
  4. Te Au Moana Luau - Best on the South side for kids and families
  5. Maui Nui Luau - Best in Lahaina for families
  6. Feast at Mokapu - Most authentic (and expensive) luxury luau
  7. Maui's Finest Luau - Most intimate
  8. Wailele Polynesian Luau - Best entertainment production
  9. Drums of the Pacific Luau - Longest running luau
  10. Myths of Maui Luau - Best views
  11. Huakai Luau - Most affordable

Feast at Lele - Best overall

Our favorite luau is the Feast at Lele, for its delicious farm to table Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine, authentic and exciting demonstrations of hula, and private, romantic table service making it one of the best luaus for couples. If you’re staying on the west side, this is a luau that can’t be missed. Located in Lahaina against the stunning backdrop of the West Maui sunsets, the Feast at Lele offers a five-course meal fit for royalty. Unlike most luaus on Maui with long lines swarming the buffet tables and open family-style seating, Feast at Lele offers private table dining and sit-down service for just you and your party. Award winning executive chef, James McDonald, owns a farm on Maui where all the ingredients used on the menu are fresh and locally grown. The luau’s entertainment consists of hula dancers and knife and fire spinners that highlight the different islands of Polynesia. The entertainment is as diverse as the menu, representing 4 island groups that will truly enrapture you in the cuisine and cultures of Polynesia.

LOCATION: This luau is all about location! The Feast at Lele is at 505 Front Street, right on the beach!
COST: Adult: $130.00 + tax, Children (12 & under): $95.00 + tax
DURATION: 3.5 hours, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm October – January, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm February – April & September, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm May-August.
DAYS OPEN: 7 days a week.

Old Lahaina Luau - Most authentic

The Old Lahaina Luau is known as the most authentic luau in Maui for their stunning hula performances and delicious Hawaiian cuisine. You’ll find yourself whisked away to old Hawaii as you are surrounded by Hawaiian grass huts on the luau grounds and receive impeccable table service seated either on traditional Hawaiian mats or Western tables and chairs. Your scrumptious 5-course meal and open bar is delivered by the floor staff, all dressed in Hawaiian pareos. The overall ambience of the Old Lahaina Luau adds to the authenticity of the evening, and is a nice change of pace from other luaus on Maui, where you’ll often be surrounded by hotel buildings and servers in hotel uniforms. You’ll find yourself enraptured as the stage entertainment takes you through the history of Hawaii told through dance. Old Lahaina Luau features only Hawaiian hula dancing in their show. Other luaus on Maui include fire knife dancing in their performances, which is an exciting addition, but is a dance that originated in Samoa, not the Hawaiian islands. Old Lahaina Luau is known for having some of the most talented performers on Maui and is one of the best luaus for families, kids and couples alike!

LOCATION: 1251 Front Street on the sunny west side of Maui
COST: Adults and Teens: $175.00, Children ages 3-12: $89.00, Young Children 0-24 Mos.- Free
DURATION: Roughly 3 hours. Guests generally arrive at 5:15pm or 6:15pm depending on the season, and the show ends between 8:15pm and 9:15pm.
DAYS OPEN: 7 days a week.

Te Au Moana Luau - Best on the South side for kids and families

If you’re traveling with little ones on the south side of Maui, Te Au Moana by Tihati Productions is one of the best luaus for kids and families. You’ll instantly feel at home as you’re greeted with fresh flower or kukui nut leis against the stunning oceanside backdrop of Wailea Beach. Guests can partake in traditional Hawaiian activities like Hawaiian lawn bowling, temporary Hawaiian tattoos, wood carving and Hawaiian checkers. You won’t go hungry as this luau offers a mouthwatering three-course menu featuring authentic, local culinary favorites, served family-style by your caring waitstaff. If you’re traveling with a big group (think: 10 pax), you may be able to score your own table, otherwise, your table will be assigned in the order your booking was received. Tihati Productions is Hawaii’s premiere entertainment company and has designed a show that will take your breath away. You’ll be swaying gently in time with the palm trees as the pre-show music and entertainment starts the evening. As the night progresses, the energy picks up with a luau show featuring dances from all across Polynesia, and concluding with a spectacular fire knife dance performance.

LOCATION: Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, 3700 Wailea Alanui, Wailea
COST: Adult (Age 13+): $240.00-$275.00, Children (Age 6-12): $165.00-$190.00, Toddlers (Age 5 & Under): FREE
DURATION: 2-3 hours. Arrive between 4:30-5:00pm, Finish no later than 8:00pm
DAYS OPEN: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and seasonal Tuesday evenings.
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Maui Nui Luau - Best in Lahaina for families

If you’re staying on the West side, Maui Nui Luau is another fantastic Tihati Production that is perfect for kids and families. Against a stunning sunset on Kaanapali Beach, you’ll start your evening watching cliff divers plunge into the ocean off of the famous Black Rock. From there, you can engage in several of the interactive luau activities and all-you-can-eat buffet. You’ll be treated to sweet and entertaining commentary, along with traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian music, dance and a breathtaking fire knife performance. Sipping on tropical cocktails and watching the magnificent sunset from the beach makes this luau one of the best date nights for couples on Maui.

LOCATION: Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, 2605 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina
COST: Adult (Age 13+): $180.00, Children (Age 6-12): $105.00, Toddlers (Age 5 & Under): FREE
DURATION: 3 hours. Arrive between 4:45-5:15pm, Finish by 8:00-8:15pm
DAYS OPEN: Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.
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Feast at Mokapu - Most authentic luxury luau

The Feast at Mokapu is Maui’s most authentic luxury luau. As you sip your handcrafted cocktail against a vibrant sunset, you can slide off your slippers and let your toes ground into the soft, grassy lawn adjacent to the sandy shores of Mokapu Beach. The award-winning staff and culinary team at the Andaz create a feast for your senses with private table seating and a delectable 3-course farm to table menu, sampling several traditional Hawaiian dishes on an expertly prepared, gourmet plate. This luau puts your luxury at the foreground by limiting the amount of guests in attendance, and taking you on an intimate journey through the history of the Polynesians arriving on Maui and dividing the land. Through dance and song, you’ll learn about Hawaiian values of love, connection and responsibility to the land. Your understanding of ancient Hawaii will go deeper yet with cultural demonstrations of how Hawaiians fished, made traditional tattoos and bark cloth, and cooked traditional kalua pig. The finale will showcase a thrilling display of Polynesian dance and fire knife dancing. With its intimate production and romantic beach backdrop, it’s no wonder the Feast at Mokapu is one of the best luaus for couples on Maui.

LOCATION: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea
COST: Adult: $280.00-$340.00, Children: $140.00-180.00
DURATION: 2.5-3 hours. Every Sunday & Tuesday 5:30pm - 8:30pm, 1 November- 31 January 5:00pm - 8:00pm
DAYS OPEN: Sunday, Tuesday, and select Thursday Evenings.
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Maui’s Finest Luau - Most intimate

Maui’s Finest Luau is a small, family-style backyard barbeque located on a private beachfront property in the charming north shore town of Pai’a. This luau is BYOB and offers an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian and Polynesian style buffet dinner. The Polynesian dinner performance showcases a cast of Hawaiian musicians, drummers, an MC, hula and fire knife dancers. If you’re in the mood for something even more exclusive and individualized, Maui’s Finest Luau offers private luaus upon request. This luau is great for families, couples, groups and private functions.

LOCATION: Hana Hou Surf Club Eatery, 65 Hana Hwy, Paia
COST: Adults (Age 13+): $165.00, Children (Age 4-12): $125.00, Toddlers (Age 3 & Under): FREE
DURATION: 2 hours. Check in at 5:45 pm, Luau time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
DAYS OPEN: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday evenings.

Wailele Polynesian Luau - Best entertainment production

If you’re looking for a sensational, award-winning production, Wailele Polynesian Luau may be just the one for you! Three-time Merrie Monarch winner Kamaka Kukowa and choreographer Reri Septirno designed this enthralling luau featuring the spectacular story of Pele, the fire goddess, Maui, the demigod, wailele (waterfalls) and ancient Hawaiian kahiko (an ancient hula) with traditional costumes. Top-rate dancers from all over Polynesia are featured in this showcase. The crown-jewel of the evening is a three to four-person fire knife spectacle headlined by fire dance champion, Martin Tevaga. This extreme fire knife performance is known to be the most impressive of all the luaus on Maui. Family-style seating and an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian buffet featuring local favorites will immerse you in the Hawaiian tradition of coming together. This energetic luau is one of the most authentic and exciting luaus on Maui, and is perfect for couples and families.

LOCATION: Westin Maui Resort and Spa, 2365 Ka’anapali Pkwy, Lahaina
COST: Adults (Age 13+): $175.00-$195.00, Children (Age 4-12): $80.00-$100.00, Toddlers (Age 3 & Under): FREE
DURATION: Around 3 hours. Check in April-September 5:30pm; October-March 5:00pm DAYS OPEN: Typically offered Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

Drums of the Pacific Luau - Longest running luau

Drums of the Pacific Luau is another rousing and interactive Tihati Production. This fantastic evening is the winner of multiple luau awards and is the longest-running luau on Maui for good reason! After your warm welcome and getting adorned with flower leis, you can participate in several traditional Hawaiian activities like hula lessons, coconut tree climbing, poi ball lessons and the unearthing of the kalua pig from its underground oven. A 3-course plated dinner and open bar are served directly to you at your private table. With state-of-the-art LED lighting systems illuminating the stage, you’ll embark on a theatrical journey through several islands of Polynesia, where the drums beat ecstatically and the costume colors pop almost as brightly as the performers. An arresting three-person fire knife dance concludes the evening with joyous energy. With all the intriguing activities, incredible performances and a delicious Hawaiian menu that even caters to kids, this is one of the most exciting and best luaus for kids and families on Maui.

LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina
COST: Adults (Age 13+): $210.00-$260.00, Children (Age 4-12): $105.00-$130.00, Toddlers (Age 3 & Under): FREE
DURATION: 2.5-3 hours. 5:00pm-8:00pm
OPEN: 7 days a week.
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Myths of Maui Luau- Best views

Against the gorgeous oceanfront setting of the west Maui sunsets, Myths of Maui Luau brings the spirit of aloha to life. Featuring live Hawaiian music and an awe-inspiring show of traditional hula and hypnotic fire dancing from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand, Myths of Maui Luau is a magical evening for the whole family. Wearing your free shell lei, you can sip on complimentary tropical cocktails and witness the Imu ceremony, where the traditional Pua’a Kalua (roast pig) is unearthed from its in-ground oven. During the enchanting hula show, you can sink your teeth into the all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional island cuisine. This is the only luau on Maui that even has a buffet specifically designed for the young foodies in your group, making this the best luau for kids and families on the island.

LOCATION: Royal Lahaina Resort, 2780 Kekaa Drive, Lahaina
COST: Adults (Age 13+): $155.00, Children (Age 6-12): $85.00, Young Children (Age 5 & Under): FREE
DURATION: 2.5 hours. Summer (Early March-Mid October): 5:30 PM; Winter (Mid October-Early March) 5:00 PM
OPEN: 7 days a week.

Grand Wailea Luau - Best luxury luau

The relaxed luxury of the Grand Wailea Luau will embrace you with authentic Hawaiian culture, traditional ceremonies and an unforgettable evening of interactive entertainment. The delectable family-style Hawaiian cuisine is served directly to your private table with the five-star treatment you can expect from the Grand Wailea. Pre-show activities include hula lessons, temporary Hawaiian tattoos, Hawaiian lawn games and photos with the cast. As you enjoy the golden sunset off of Wailea Beach, you’ll be swept away on a journey through Hawaii’s history and legends with the luau’s fantastic cast of entertainers. The barefoot luxury of this luau is perfect for families, making it one of the best luaus for kids on Maui.

LOCATION: The Grand Wailea, Luau Entrance, 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea
COST: Adults (Age 13+): $265.00-$325.00, Children (12 & Under): $200.00-$245.00
DURATION: 2.5 hours. 5:30pm-8:00pm
OPEN: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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Huakai Luau - Most affordable

Huaka’i Luau is the cheapest luau ticket on Maui. The luau takes place at the award-winning Seascape Restaurant overlooking Ma’alaea Harbor next to Maui Ocean Center. You’ll be treated to two complimentary drinks from the limited full bar and an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian-American buffet dinner with traditional Hawaiian dishes and continental cuisines for the less-adventurous eaters in your party. The show focuses on the history and cultural heritage of Hawaii through ancient hula and fire dancing. You will not be outside at this luau as the evening takes place in an indoor ocean-themed covered restaurant. Seating is first come, first serve. Dietary requests can be made 24 hours in advance of your reservation, but they cannot promise to accommodate them.

LOCATION: Seascape Restaurant, 192 Ma’alaea Road, Wailuku
COST: Adults (Age 14+): $137.97, Children (Ages 5-13): $79.97, Infants (Age 0-4): FREE
DURATION: 2.5 hours. 5:00pm-7:30pm
OPEN: 7 days a week.
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After many years of nomadically bouncing around the world as a yoga instructor (From Nebraska to DC to London to Chicago to New York to Thailand to Maldives to Martha’s Vineyard to Abu Dhabi), I landed in Hawaii 7 years ago. I spent my first two years on Lana’i, but I knew my heart belonged in Maui, so we moved in early 2018 before the birth of our son to lay our official roots. I love the year-round tropical weather and unparalleled aloha spirit from my friends and neighbors. In my free time you can find me practicing yoga near the ocean, spending time with my family on the beach and submerging in the icy cold waters of Iao Valley. Maui is a culturally rich island with beauty at every turn, which makes living and raising my child here an honor.

Becca Coren