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An Evening at The Old Lahaina Luau

There is no doubt that The Old Lahaina Luau has an outstanding reputation on the Hawaiian Islands. Many call it the best and most authentically Hawaiian luau.

Aloha! A warm welcome awaited us at The Old Lahaina Luau

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about – so, I booked myself and my husband in for an evening of hula and feasting at the Old Lahaina.

We’d sadly picked ourselves a rainy day (which is extremely rare in Lahaina!) We wondered whether we’d actually make it to the luau at all. However, we were pleasantly surprised that the rain held off and the staff at The Old Lahaina Luau weren’t a bit phased that it had been throwing it down only an hour earlier.

Here’s a run through of our evening. We hope our experience and photos will gives you a glimpse into what a special experience an evening at The Old Lahaina is.

A Beautiful Setting

View from behind the stage at the Old Lahaina Luau

On our arrival, the most striking thing about this luau compared to others on Maui was the purpose built grounds and stage. The Old Lahaina Luau is not based in a hotel, and so everything you see has been designed to serve your luau experience.

The quality of the setting was immediately stand-out to us as a result.

The grounds (situated by the beach on Front Street) have amphitheater style seating around a central circular stage. It was a beautiful place to spend an evening amidst palm trees and flickering torches, with the ocean glistening beyond.

Chairs or Mats?

Our table at Old Lahaina Luau doing is job well: looking after my Mai Tai

When you book your tickets there is a choice of seating at The Old Lahaina. You either sit at chairs and tables or at low tables with cushions on mats.

All the tables seat 8 guests, so you will share with others if your party is less than that number. Be prepared to make friends!

Traditional mat seating at the Old Lahaina Luau

The traditional (mat) seating puts you right in front of the stage but all the tables have a good view. I confess we opted for comfort (i.e. non-traditional!)

A Fun Cultural Experience

The Old Lahaina Luau, is really more than simply dinner and a show.

Choices, choices …

When we arrived at the Old Lahaina, we were greeted with a lei made from fresh flowers and handed a tropical drink. Then we were guided to our seats and invited to take a wander around the grounds.

You can have your photo taken by the ocean or enjoy learning more about Hawai’i at the cultural kiosks they have dotted along the ocean edge. Many of these activities are particularly great for kids – who can learn hula dancing or partake in Hawaiian games.

Carving – have a beautiful souvenir made in front of you


Learning about Hawaiian culture

After a wander, we were then gathered together to see the great kalua pig unearthed from the Imu (a big dirt pit serving as an underground oven.) This was the first sighting of our dinner!

The Imu – the pig is slow-cooked under ground, wrapped in leaves and on top of hot stones. It was delicious!

Feasting at the Old Lahaina Luau

I find at luaus you can generally count on the feast being pretty incredible. The Old Lahaina Luau was no exception.

Once back at your table, you have your own designated waiter or waitress who will serve you complimentary drinks throughout the evening. There is a large selection, including cocktails, beers, wine, and soft drinks. You can also stretch your legs and get it from the bar yourself (useful, if you lose sight of your waitress.)

Starters of freshly baked taro rolls and macadamia nut butter were served at our table. Then we were invited up to the buffet to fill our plates with as many mouth-watering delights as we could manage. What a spread!

They have all the traditional Hawaiian food you could want here but my favorite was definitely the Ahi Poke (high-quality raw tuna at it’s finest.)

“Help yourself” … don’t mind if I do! The Ahi Poke was seriously good.

A platter of different desserts was brought to the table after dinner, and all the guests were given a bag of freshly baked banana bread to take home with them at the end of the evening. Delicious!

The Hula

Once we were settled with dinner, the show began.

Hula – the traditional dance of Hawaii, is beautiful and a true delight to watch

We were narrated through the different dances. The dances tell of the history of Hawaii, as well as demonstrating a great variety of hula styles. All of the dancing is accompanied by a top quality live band playing traditional Hawaiian music, making for a very enjoyable evening.

The show was spectacular. The standards were extremely high, and well worth the ticket price alone.

I also personally experienced great relief when I discovered the audience participation was limited to honoring those who were celebrating special occasions like marriages and birthdays. It fortunately did not consist of pulling people out of the audience and onto the stage at random to try the hula. Definitely another plus for the Old Lahaina in my books!

Thank you Old Lahaina Luau! We had a great night.

Have you attended the Old Lahaina Luau? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


If you’d like to attend the Old Lahaina Luau you can book tickets and check availability here.

Note: this luau, due to popularity, can often completely sell out a few weeks in advance of your chosen date – so our advice is to book early!

Old Lahaina Luau

From: $120.00

Special Requests / Food Allergies

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Description

The Old Lahaina Luau is Hawaii’s most authentic Hawaiian Luau. It presents Hawaii’s rich history and culture through an evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music, hula and demonstrations. Situated by the ocean, the grounds are stunning and the amphitheatre style seating means that everyone gets a great view of the production (as well as the sunset!) This luau has a long standing reputation and so sells out fast. We recommend you book well in advance. Don’t miss out on what will surely be one of the highlights of your vacation.

Your Evening Includes

  • An Aloha Greeting
    On arrival, each guest is greeted with fresh flower lei, a tropical drink and a personalized souvenir program. The luau host then escorts the guests to their reserved seat and acquaints them with the grounds. Professional photographers are available to take photos against the beautiful ocean backdrop. (There is no obligation to purchase.) During the first hour, guests are invited to learn about the Hawaiian history and culture in the laulima (working together) area, along the ocean’s edge. Then everyone will gather as the kalua pig is unearthed from the Imu, a traditional Hawaiian underground oven. There will be live Hawaiian music presented by Na Leo Ho’oulu.
  • The Feast (Pa’ina Ahiahi)
    To begin the feast, freshly baked taro rolls and macadamia nut butter will be served at tables. Hosts will escort guests to the Hale (Eating House) to help themselves to the traditional Hawaiian cuisine buffet. Please see the Luau dinner section for details of the menu. To finish the feast, Hawaiian fruit and dessert is served at the tables. An open bar is available throughout the evening.
  • Entertainment
    At sunset, the evening’s main entertainment begins. The award-winning production tells the story of the Hawaiians. The Old Lahaina Luau are proud to present the Hula as it was meant to be performed with the respect and honor of our ancestors. The show begins with the history of the Polynesian migration, then to the ancient Hawaiian Hula, and ends with the evolution to a more contemporary style of Hula dancing.
Dinner Menu

Kalua Pua`a (Pork roasted in our beachside Imu; the Hawaiian underground oven)
Laulau (Pork wrapped in laulau leaf steamed to perfection)
Maui Style Fish (Chef’s Special Preparation)
Pipikaula (Grilled beef steak)
Chicken Long Rice (Shredded Chicken, Maui onions, ginger and rice bean noodles in broth)
Island Style Chicken (Chicken marinated with guava sauce garnished with fresh pineapples and toasted sesame seeds)

Stir Fry Vegetables (Zucchini, Maui onions, carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, and baby corn)
Local-Style Fried Rice (Fried rice with green onions, peas, and sesame oil)
Sweet Potato (Warm sliced Big Island sweet potatoes)
Island Crab Salad (Crab, shrimp and water chestnuts)
Pohole Salad (Fern shoots, Maui onions and tomatoes served in a vinaigrette sauce)
Lomi-Lomi Salmon (Tomatoes, Maui onions, and salted salmon)

Ahi Poke (Fresh raw ahi (yellow fin tuna) with green onions and Maui onions)
He’e Poke (marinated cooked octopus/tako)
Poi (Made from boiling and mashing the root of the taro plant)
Fresh Island Fruit & Banana Bread
Assorted Island Desserts

Please note this menu is subject to change without notice.

Premium Open Bar Included

Liquor Brands: Bacardi Light, Old Lahaina Dark Rum, New Amsterdam Vodka, Cuervo Tequilla, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Dewar’s Scotch, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Triple Sec, & Blue Curacao
Beer & Wine: Maui Brewing Co. – Bikini Blonde, ‘Uala (Sweet Potato – Seasonal) Canyon Road – Chardonay, Cabernet Sauvignon
Sodas: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Club Soda, Tonic
Juices: Fruit Punch, Passion Orange, Guava, Pina Colada, Orange Premium, Pineapple, Ice Tea, Cranberry, Lemonade
Tropical & Special Cocktails: Pina Colada, Chi Chi, Lava Flow, Mai Tai, Blue Hawaii, Margarita, Hawaiian Sunset, and more.

Luau Location

1251 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

Booking Details

Seating

Choose from traditional Hawaiian mat seating, or conventional table and chairs. Please confirm your seating preference at the time of reservation as it is difficult to change on the day. Please let us know of any special considerations (infants, wheelchair etc.)

Timings

April 1st – September 30th: Meet at 5:45 pm. Luau ends at 8:45 pm.
October 1st – March 31st: Meet at 5:15 pm. Luau ends at 8:15 pm.

Availability

Due to its popularity and frequent availability changes, we recommend that you call us before placing your order online. Call us on 1-808-214-1013.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made by calling our concierge lines at 1-808-214-9283. We will not accept cancellations via email, voicemail, fax or chatline. You must call at least 48 hours before the event for credit or refund to be applied. Some activities require a longer notice or will not allow cancellations once booking is made (each tour description will show exceptions to the 48 hour rule if applicable). Activities are 100% refunded in the event of your tour being canceled by the Activity Provider for any reason, such as weather, mechanical, etc. Ohana Fun! Hawaii will make every effort to get approval from an activity provider but cannot guarantee a refund until such approval is granted. If you have any questions regarding a specific activity refund policy please call our concierge lines at 1-808-214-9283 prior to making your booking.

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2 thoughts on “An Evening at The Old Lahaina Luau

  1. Bree Ward says:

    I agree that the Laua settings you illustrated in your article is so authentic because it has been directly built in the ground. Thanks for walking me through the entire experience. If ever that my friend will plan a Hawaiian getaway, I will recommend attending a Luau in Lahaina. I think it’s fun to be a celebrating ancient tradition with authentic and delicious foods.

    1. Alvaro says:

      Aloha Bree! It’s our pleasure to share the beauty of our Hawaiian culture and look forward to hearing from you when ready to book your Maui vacation. Blessings and A hui hou!

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