When visiting Hawai‘i, attending an authentic lū‘au is an absolute must-do, and will enrich your time in the islands.
These traditional feasts celebrate the island’s history through the Hawaiian spirit of hookipa (hospitality), welcoming guests to an unforgettable dining, entertainment, and cultural experience.
This unmistakably Hawaiian tradition lets locals welcome guests into their “home,” sharing with them their culture’s love of music, dance, fellowship, and Hawai‘i’s history through this unforgettable feast.
Booking your lū‘au experience early in your stay is suggested, as it lets guests understand Hawai‘i’s culture, food, history, topography of the land, and so much more. By doing this in the beginning, guests can reflect on what they learned, and pull from that enriching cultural knowledge as they continue their adventure throughout the week.
Here are our recommendations for some of Maui’s best and most popular lū‘aus to experience:
WAILELE POLYNESIAN LŪ‘AU
Held outdoors along the stunning oceanfront backdrop of Kā’anapali Beach, this theatrical dinner show integrates the elements of earth, fire and water to dramatically reflect rich Polynesian culture. And it’s convenient, with shuttle service available from The Westin Kā’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.
OLD LAHAINA LUAU
Enjoy being greeted with a fresh tropical flower lei and a mai tai as you take your place at this popular lū‘au. With attention to authentic Hawaiian culture and detail, this traditional celebration also features local arts and crafts and a spectacular sunset view as you enjoy a buffet of tasty local dishes.
FEAST AT LELE
Held on Lāhainā Beach, this upscale lū‘au takes guests on a journey through Polynesia, with a five-course sit-down dinner featuring epicurean courses from the island nations of Aotearoa, Tahiti, Samoa, and of course, Hawai‘i. Food is brought to you (no standing in line) and table sizes are nicely customized to fit the size of your party.
We recommend guests staying at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas and The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas North contact their Concierge to book early, as these popular events fill up fast.