Old Lahaina Luau
- Type: Entertainment and Nightlife
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The Old Lahaina Luau is hands down one of the most popular things to do for first-time Maui visitors; those who have taken in the show highly recommend devoting an evening to this luau in particular for a fun intro to Hawaiian culture. Those who put on Lahaina's luau pride themselves on sticking to tradition, rather than catering to tourists' preconceived notions of the ceremony. Though entry rates may seem steep, previous visitors say that it's worth the cost to see the award-winning dancing and music. While you admire the performers' hula and firedancing skills, you'll dine on Hawaiian specialties such as kalua pua'a (pork roasted in an underground oven), fresh mahi-mahi and poi (mashed taro plant).
Although some people were overwhelmed by the entrance fees and underwhelmed by the food, most Old Lahaina Luau attendees were pleased with their experience. "I was stuck with which luau to choose for ages and I'm so glad we chose Old Lahaina Luau," one Tripadvisor user wrote. "I recommend you go for the floor seating — it was a really good [performance]."
You'll find the action taking place about a mile north of Banyan Tree Park along Lahaina's waterfront. Performances are held every night of the week and last roughly three hours: From April to September, the luau starts at 5:45 p.m. while those from October to March begin at 5:15 p.m. Adult admission is around $110. Visit the website to plan your night out, and remember to make your reservation well in advance.