Experiencing a Maui luau during your Hawaiian vacation is a must. Aside from the fantastic Hawaiian food including the main course of a whole hog cooked in an underground oven, the music and dances of multiple Polynesian islands such as Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa, and New Zealand are an entertaining way to learn about the different island cultures that migrated to Hawaii hundreds of years ago.
Maui luaus are more intimate than ones you might find on Oahu and there are some shows that give visitors a chance to participate in ancient games and activities. Though all Maui luaus will have wonderful food and skilled dancers, including exciting fire knife performances, it’s the locations and activities that differentiate them from each other. We’ve compiled some great luau options for you to choose from that many visitors return to enjoy year after year! A Hui Hou!
Feasts and celebrations in the Hawaiian culture date back to ancient times but the type of luaus today date back to 1819. When Kamehameha (the Kingdom of Hawaii’s first king) died his wife Kaahumanu and son Kamehameha II abolished the Kapu system of laws which forbid women eating with men. From this time on men and women feasted together.
A luau is a feast accompanied by entertainment. Traditional luau dishes include Kalua pig, poi, poke, lomi lomi salmon, teriyaki chicken, mahi mahi and Mai Tai’s or beer. Entertainment includes Hawaiian music and hula dancing. Some luaus include Hawaiian games and arts and crafts.
What types of shows are available in Maui?
We have a wide variety of shows available on the island. From local performances at the Iao Theatre, Friday town parties and at most of the major resorts. For concerts and film festivals the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) is where local, national and international entertainers perform throughout the year.
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Maui Luau Fun Facts
Ancient Hawaiians kept historical records through chants, storytelling and hula.