In a recent post, we debunked four myths surrounding the Hawaiian tradition everybody thinks they know but few understand – the luau. Now, we turn our attention to two luaus that are doing it right. Both of these Maui-based events embrace the ancient cultural roots of the celebration while maintaining the chief ingredients we’ve all come to know and love about the luau: great food and entertainment in a breathtaking, beachside atmosphere found nowhere else in the world.
Both of these luaus have won many awards and garnered praise in prestigious travel publications.
Old Lahaina Luau
Begun by four friends in 1986, the Old Lahaina Luau has grown from a small labor of love into a powerhouse that consistently operates at near capacity. The reason for its popularity is simple: it keeps a firm foot in the roots of the luau. That means guests are treated to Kalua Pua?a (roast pork) cooked in an imu (an earthen oven) and entertained by gorgeous songs and evocative dances that provide an engaging history of the Hawaiian people. Bonus: each guest is presented with a fresh-flower lei – an item that’s rarer than you may think.
$99 for adults
$69 for children 3 to 12
1251 Front Street
Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Feast at Lele
The good folks behind the Feast at Lele give guests a unique, informative, and, yes, fun experience. Think of it as a beachside Broadway production, complete with a song-and-dance performance that traces Polynesian culture’s evolution across key islands, beginning in Hawaii and ending in Samoa. The meal complements this progression. So, the first course is the classic imu-roasted pig from Hawaii, and the final course is the Samoa-inspired Supasui-grilled steak. It’s a lot to take in, both in terms of entertainment and food. But that’s exactly the point of the luau.
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.