Old Lahaina Luau
Visiting Hawaii means it’s time to Luau. Luau is a well-known tradition of the Hawaiian people. With a combination of food and dance Luau’s are great entertainment for visitors. One of the most popular modern Luau’s is in Maui. The Old Lahaina Luau is a must see for anyone vacationing on the island of Maui. Located in the district of Lahaina, this Luau is tucked away from the busy tourist shops and brings you back in time when Luau was performed for the Hawaiian royals. This event is the perfect setting for the entire family or simply a night out with your special someone. The history, food, drinks, and entertainment make the Old Lahaina Luau a must see for Maui visitors.
The Old Lahaina Luau is a popular event in Hawaii for many reasons. When you pull up to the location you instantly assimilate into Hawaiian culture. As you enter this Luau in Maui you are first greeted with a flower Lei and Mai Tai. This puts you right into the mood. You have about an hour before the show begins and this is the perfect time to get drinks, explore the grounds, and see all of the crafts that locals are putting on. There are locals showing off their wood carvings, instructors teaching you the basics of Hula, and the Kalua pig that is baking underground in a traditional imu oven. Before the show begins make sure you take advantage of the tropical drink menu. The menu includes:
- Mai Tai- Light rum, special mai tai mix, float dark rum
- Pina Colada- Light rum, pineapple and coconut juice blend
- Chi Chi- Vodka, pineapple, and coconut juice blend
- Lave Flow- Light rum, pineapple and coconut juice blend, strawberry (most popular drink by far)
- Blue Hawaii- Vodka, pineapple, sweet and sour, blue curacao
- Green Passion- Vodka, passion orange, sweet and sour, lime juice, blue curacao
- Honey Girl- Vodka, pineapple, strawberry, guava
- Little Tita- Dark rum, passion orange, guava, cranberry, orange
- Nalu Special- Vodka, strawberry, passion orange, lemonade, blue curacao
- Island Warrior- Light rum, sprite, coke, blue curacao
This menu will keep you entertained all night.
Dinner is served before the dancing begins. The food is what makes visitors come back to this event each time they vacation to Maui. The menu includes:
- Pua’a Kalua- Pork roasted in the beachside imu, Hawaiian underground oven
- Laulau- Bundles of pork wrapped in taro leaf
- Poi- Mashed taro
- Ahi Poke- Raw Ahi (yellow fin tuna) with green onions, Limu, and Maui onions
- He’e Poke- Bite size pieces of He’e (octopus) cooked until tender with Maui onion and Alae salt
- Taro Salad- Taro and Lu’au leaf combined with coconut milk
- Sweet Potato- Warm sliced local Maui sweet potatoes
The menu also includes other non-traditional foods such as chicken, crab, salmon, and beef. There are options at this Luau in Maui to keep everyone satisfied.
Performances begin after dinner. The show consisted of 6 performances ranging from ancient to modern dances. The 6 performances included:
Hula- Kahiko style hula which includes a chanter’s voice and percussion along with the dance.
Ote’a- Tribute to the tradition of the pabu (drum).
Kahiko- The ancient Hula. The story of Pele the Hawaiian fire goddess and her sister Hi’iaka.
Missionaries and the Merrie Monarch- Celebration of the Merrie Monarch, who is accredited with giving hula back to the Hawaiian people after it was banned by missionaires.
Auana- Modern hula.
Finale- Tahiti Fete celebration showcasing solo dancers.
The Old Lahaina Luau keeps you entertained throughout the night. It’s a place for family or the perfect get away for a date night. This event is one of the most popular Luau’s of Hawaii for a reason. The food, people, drinks, and entertainment are all above expectations. The next time you visit Maui take the time to attend the Old Lahaina Luau, it will not disappoint you.