Old Lahaina Luau
I've been to other Hawaiian islands plenty of times and have been to numerous luaus, but for our DW to Maui we booked the Old Lahaina Luau for the day before our wedding for guests to mingle and get to know each other. It is a bit pricey - they do 10% discounts if you are booking a party of 15 or more and have children rates. The dinner was by far the best luau dinner I've had ... they have tuna poke, taco poke, lomi lomi that actually has salmon in it! And even an open bar!! I had a party of 45, the staff was great and friendly, they accomodated our big party perfectly. They even printed special tickets with our names on it.
The only reason why I didn't give it a full 5 stars is because I was expecting the traditional luau ... so be aware that this pays tribute to the "old" lahaina, so the dances are slower, more traditional. I like the fun, fast dances and there weren't many. No fire dance, no tonga men with the crazy painted faces that stick out their tounge and no crowd participation for the hukilau hula or crazy people on stage to see who can shake their butts faster. It's still a great show, but wish they would throw in a bit more fun and fast hulas to keep the momentum going.
I've only been to one other luau before, and in comparison this was a very classy luau. There was no cheesy Don-Ho-like MC for the evening. The dancing was absolutely fantastic. The food was delish, with lots available for seconds, and the drinks just kept on coming. Highly recommended.
We really enjoyed going to this luau. My in-laws parents teach hula so they're pretty picky, but they loves the show. We also liked that the buffet allowed us the choice a little bit of authentic Hawaiian food and then some food that was more traditional American.
I read a lot of reviews telling us that the Old Lahaina Luau was worth the money. They were right. The show didn't come across as cheesy or touristy. It felt more Hawaiian than almost anything I can think of. This was a great way to spend an evening with family and friends.
Note: bring your camera.
We used the Old Lahaina Luau for an event for our guests, as a Thank you for making the trip to Maui for our special day.
The Luau was excellent the dancing was great and food was wonderful. This really got all our guest together and excited to be in Maui and had a great introduction to the Hawaiian culture.