A Night at the Old Lahaina Luau
When looking for the best luau on Maui, look no further than the Old Lahaina Luau. Luaus in Hawaii go back to before Westerners arrived on the islands. They have always been lavish food extravaganzas that were held for royalty, foreign dignitaries and hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of guests at weddings, birthdays and christenings. Luaus often lasted for days, requiring an incredible amount of preparation. Guests sat on mats on the ground at low to the ground tables piled high with food such as roast pig and poi. Everyone ate, danced, drank and sang. It was a true feat of aloha!
An Authentic and Traditional Luau
Because of the history and culture of the luau, attending an authentic and traditional luau when on Maui was very important to us. We wanted to have a true cultural experience that would reflect old Hawaii. The Old Lahaina Luau is just that. They take great pride in presenting an authentic Hawaiian luau and providing an evening of award winning traditional Hawaiian music, hula, and demonstrations. Guests are treated to a genuine reflection of Hawaii’s rich history while enjoying the sunset over the ocean. Not to mention a bountiful buffet of regional cuisine with enough variety to satisfy everyone’s palates.
Open Bar at Old Lahaina Luau
Upon arrival to the Old Lahaina Luau we were greeted with beautiful leis of purple orchids. We grabbed Lava Flow drinks at the open bar to relax under the palm trees with a spectacular view of the boats in the harbor and neighboring islands in the background. We made our rounds through the grounds to view traditional Hawaiian crafts and unearthing of the pig from the imu (underground oven), while tiki torches lit our way.
Authentic Hawaiian Cuisine
The thatched roofs took us back in time, as we walked under them to unveil all-you-can-eat traditional Luau fare waiting to be eaten. The authentic Hawaiian cuisine included kalua pig, poi, purple sweet potatoes, lomi-lomi salmon, laulau, ahi poke, and so much more. The abundant food of the Old Lahaina Luau is a perfect example of the aloha spirit that brings guests and locals together in an unbelievable setting.
As the sun moved towards dipping below the horizon, hula dancers enticed us with the smooth movements of their hands and hips. Dessert of chocolate macadamia nut brownies, Maui macadamia nut tarts, and chocolate cups filled with lilikoi mousse were served to our table as the program moved into an educated narration of the Hawaiian Islands. The night went on featuring a musical journey through Old Hawaii to the present, represented with ancient hula dancing, chanting, and singing. The evening is a perfect way to get a taste of the rich tradition, culture, and history of the Hawaiian Islands.
Be Sure to Make Reservations
Reservations at Old Lahaina Luau are based on first come first serve. With this in mind, don’t wait to make your reservations. You can pick between traditional Hawaiian mat seating in the front or modern table and chairs in the back. We highly recommend the traditional mat seating for an authentic and up-close experience.
Have you ever been to a luau?
All photos are provided by the amazing photographer, Sara Sanger © 2013.