A luau is a traditional Hawaiian feast, though I think these days most of them are quite commercialized. Nonetheless, it's fun to sit at the beach (usually on a resort property), watch the pig being unearthed from its traditional imu pit (it tastes sooooo good!), learning about Hawaiian culture in the traditional hula show....
You can either call the resorts directly to book, or book through one of many 'activity centers' on Maui. They will typically cost about $80-$100 per person (kids tickets are cheaper). If you see them advertised for significantly cheaper, it will usually have strings attached (time shares, anyone?).
On Maui there are 9 luaus to choose from. If you want to stay in Kihei/Wailea, you have three options...
- Polynesian Village Luau (this one is family operated, NOT on a beach)
- The Grand Luau at Honua'ula (Grand Wailea Resort)
- Te Au Moana (Wailea Beach Marriott Resort)
There are also a number of luaus in Lahaina/Kaanapali (which is a 45-60 minute drive, depending on where you stay in Kihei/Wailea).
We've been to the Grand Luau numerous times - the food is great, the setting is beautiful. Our Austrian friend went to the Polynesian Village Luau last night - she really enjoyed it, it was less commercialized and seemed more authentic, she thought. The guests currently staying at our Sugar Beach condo went to Feast of Lele two nights ago and said it was fabulous also.
The Maui News just came out with their annual ratings of the luaus (I am not sure how they come up with these results).
They voted the best luau on Maui to be the Old Lahaina Luau. The Grand Luau (Grand Wailea) received Honorable Mentions, as did the Feast of Lele.
Labels: Hawaiian food, Maui to-do, Sugar Beach 104