Best Luaus in Maui
The traditions that the best luaus in Maui recreate, began several centuries ago. Prior to 1819 large feasts were not yet know as luau’s and they had many differences from the luau’s of today. For example, men sat apart from the women and children, and the special dishes of pork, moi and bananas were only eaten by the chiefs. The rest of the feast participants enjoyed other types of fish, poi, and sweet potatoes. In 1819, King Kamehameha II began the practice of openly eating with women, breaking the long held tradition of separate meal celebrations. During this period the term luau was first used to describe these large feasts.
Today a luau is best known as a traditional Hawaiian party which mixes local food and lots of entertainment! Luau’s are used to celebrate the many stages of Hawaiian life including a child’s first birthday, sweet 16 birthdays, graduations and weddings.
The best luaus in Maui continue to be all about the food and dance. If your looking for a good show here are the two best rated. We would suggest you take advantage of your exclusive Ma’alaea Surf Resort discount by contacting Tom Barefoot’s Tours to book any of our recommendations. They also have a wide range of additional tours that you might enjoy!
Luau near Kihei
Te Au Moana
Te Au Moana is located at 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, the Wailea Beach Resort, Marriott. Te Au Moana translates as “the ocean tide”. Maui’s Polynesian ancestors traveled the ocean tides and revered them for their life-sustaining properties. Their stories of fishing, gathering and voyaging are brought to life in the Te Au Moana: The Ocean Tide Luau. The show includes a fresh flower lei, traditional underground cooking and pre-show activities. An ocean view and sunset is included at no additional charge.
Luau near Lahaina
Old Lahaina Luau
Old Lahaina Luau is located in Lahaina, at Oceanfront at 1251 Front Street. This company takes great pride in presenting an authentic Hawaiian Luau. An evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music, cultural dances and demonstrations. Guests will appreciate a genuine reflection of Hawaii’s rich history while enjoying an ocean view and sunset. The show includes a fresh flower lei greeting, the unearthing of the kalua pig and other pre show activities.