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Luau update for 2024

It’s time for a luau update! Believe it or not, things have changed, between the Covid shut-down/reopening and then the Lahaina fires this past August. When is the last time you were at a luau? It’s been a minute or two for us also. So here’s an update.

One of the things you’ll notice right off the bat is the price. They have gotten quite expensive. Also, Costco no longer carries the Grand Luau discounted tickets ~ that was a great deal back in the day.

Ok, so let’s talk luaus.

They are always held late afternoon/early evening. If your luau location is along the ocean, you will be in for some gorgeous sunset views. You can buy your tickets either directly or from a re-seller. Personally I would buy directly so you have recourse in case of cancellation.

South Maui

In South Maui the three resorts are still running their luaus as in the past. You can catch a glimpse of all of them when walking the Wailea beach walk. In fact, there are usually people standing on the beach walk enjoying the music and the show.

Additionally there are two newer non-resort luaus. These are both held at golf course restaurants. Note, these are not oceanfront.

Looking for a cheaper option? Check out the Hula Show at South Maui Gardens for $100 regular seating. This is NOT a traditional luau. Food and drinks are NOT included. Come early and buy a non-traditional dinner and drink at one of the food trucks on property, then take a seat and enjoy the show.

For some free hula dancing, check out the Shops at Wailea’s events calendar. They are currently offering a Polynesian show Tuesdays and Thursdays in their lower courtyard. If you want seating, come early, their free concerts are pretty popular.

West Maui

  • Drums of the Pacific luau at the Hyatt ~ $220 regular seating
  • Myths of Maui luau in Kaanapali ~ $185 regular seating
  • Maui Nui Luau at the Sheraton ~ $198 regular seating
  • Old Lahaina Luau ~ this one has always been very popular. The property sustained some damage during the August 8 2023 fire. I believe they are starting up again in March and are currently showing openings as of March 12, 2024 ~ $230 regular (table) seating

closed

  • Feast at Lele luau ~ this property was destroyed in the fires.
  • Huaka’i Journey through Polynesia ~ this luau appears to be closed, no reviews written since 2022.

Which one should you choose?

With so many options, which luau should you choose? I would narrow it down to a luau close to where you are staying. With the exception of the South Maui Gardens hula show (and the free Shops at Wailea Polynesian show), drinks are included. Pick something close so you can catch an inexpensive Uber or taxi home.

Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine. Carefully read the description and also the reviews, so you know what’s included. Some include fire dancing, others not. At these prices, make sure you have the right expectations so you aren’t disappointed.

watch the kalua pig being unearthed for the luau. Yes, it’s a whole pig.