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Posted on Aug 25, 2013 | 14 comments

A Night at the Old Lahaina Luau

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!

Old Lahaina Luau

The stage at Old Lahaina Luau.

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.

Old Lahaina Luau

Getting a drink at the Old Lahaina Luau.

Old Lahaina Luau

So many tropical trees and plants at the Old Lahaina Luau.

Old Lahaina Luau

Walking the grounds at Old Lahaina Luau.

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.

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Kimmy enjoying the authentic Hawaiian cuisine at Old Lahaina Luau.

Old Lahaina Luau

Drew and Kimmy at Old Lahaina Luau.

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Dessert is served at Old Lahaina Luau.

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.

Old Lahaina Luau

Many different kinds of Hawaiian hula were demonstrated at the Old Lahaina Luau.

Old Lahaina Luau

Different types of costumes are used during the entertainment for Old Lahaina Luau.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the performance at the Old Lahaina Luau.

Old Lahaina Luau

It’s amazing how quickly these women could shake their hips.

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.

Old Lahaina Luau

Aloha from Kimmy and Drew at the Old Lahaina Luau.

Have you ever been to a luau?

All photos are provided by the amazing photographer, Sara Sanger © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. We always stop at The Old Lahaina Luau whenever we are on Maui. Great food and show. Their family of restaurants are good also. Star Noodle, Aloha Mixed Plate and Leodas Bakery.

    • Aloha Mixed Plate is great Jerry! We enjoyed eating and drinking there on our first trip to Maui.

    • Get seats as close to the stage as you can. The lower bowl eats first.

  2. After TONS of research into the various luaus on Maui, I settled on this one myself so I’m so glad to hear another say how great it was! Now I’m even more excited for my trip next month :)
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    • I promise, you will love it! Have a great time on Maui, Arielle. We will be in the Hawaiian Islands next month, too. But, on Kauai!
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    • I’ve been to the Polynesian Cultural Center Luau back in 1995 or 96. The fire dancing was fun to watch. I definitely recommend the Old Lahaina Luau for a different experience all together.


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