A Maui Tradition-The Old Lahaina Luau

Old Lahaina Luau

Without a doubt, The Old Lahaina Luau is the best Luau on Maui–at least according to all the reviews. The one regret that we had on our first trip to Maui was that we didn’t attend this luau. When planning our honeymoon we thought, “We went to a luau on Kauai, we don’t need to go to another one this time,” however, once we arrived on the island we wished that we had made a reservation for this popular event. Unfortunately, the Old Lahaina Luau sells out weeks and sometimes months in advance so we missed our chance on the first attempt.

When we decided to go back to Maui for Christmas, we both agreed that it was time to attend another Luau. We didn’t want it to sell out again, so we made our reservations two months out. (Just a tip: supposedly, the earlier you book, the better your seat).

The night of the luau we checked in as two ukulele players sang and entertained the guests. We were greeted a friendly “Aloha!”, a fragrant bright pink and white lei, and a strong Mai Tai (they also had non-alcoholic versions available for the kids). We were shown to our seats and then encouraged to check out the open bar and explore the grounds.

Beautiful presentation

Beautiful presentation

The Old Lahaina Luau grounds are immaculate. The backdrop of swaying palm trees, sailboats, expansive ocean views, and the offshore islands created a peaceful scenery. We enjoyed the sunset while sipping on Mai Tai’s and watching other guests learn how to hula dance, basket weave, and play the ukulele.

Old Lahaina

Old Lahaina 2

I always worry about getting paired up with random strangers at a dinner table (you never know who you’re going to sit by) but we hit the jackpot that night. We sat across the table from two sisters originally from England. Throughout the night we learned about how they grew up in England, and how one now lives in Canada and the other lives in New Zealand, which makes Hawaii a good meeting point. 🙂 The other four seats were taken up by a family from Texas. (Uh, hello! I’m a Cowboys fan! Clearly, we were instant best friends! Even though the husband was a Denver Broncos fan) 😉 The conversation flowed easily that night, which made our evening that much more enjoyable.

Luau

The thing I really enjoyed about the Old Lahaina Luau was that it focused on the traditions of the Hawaiian people. The hula dances take you through centuries of history explaining how the hula was created, how it changed over the years, and the hula in today’s society. The performers were exceptional and the costumes (or lack thereof 😉 ) were extravagant. Even though this luau does not include the flashy fire dancing like some of the other performances, I enjoyed the more traditional approach.

For just over $100 we had dinner and entertainment for the entire evening. The service was better than excellent, the drinks were strong, the food was traditional Hawaiian fare and delicious, and the performances were magnificent.

Right along the ocean

Flower Lei

5 Comments

  1. March 3, 2014 / 6:24 PM

    Maui sure does have a ton of adventures to offer. We are particular to the Luau at the “Feast of Lele”. This is a sit down dinner where they bring the food to your table and you are directly on the beach. At this one you have the opportunity to enjoy all the foods of the Pacific Islands. I would highly recommend this one the next time you are on the island for something a little different.

    • March 9, 2014 / 12:57 PM

      I seriously considered the “Feast of Lele” but ultimately chose OLL. I will definitely look this up next time, thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

  2. Cody
    March 4, 2014 / 1:18 AM

    So much fun. So glad we went. We’re counting down the days to our next Hawaii trip. So hoping to get some photos of lava on the Big Island. Great blog post almost felt like I was there 😉

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