Polynesian music, hula, and other performances, with a grand finale featuring the Samoan fire dance
Emceed entertainment with an introduction to Hawaiian culture and history
Oceanfront location at Kaanapali Beach and a convenient walk from many nearby lodgings
The Maui Nui Luau at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the place to be for a taste of Hawaiian culture and cuisine, and an evening of aloha and excitement. Against the backdrop of a sunset over the adjacent Kaanapali Beach, festivities begin from the prominent lava outcrop Black Rock, where a conch is blown, torches are lit, and a daring ocean dive takes place. Live music sets a festive atmosphere, where guests can mingle with staff while creating flower bracelets, receiving temporary Polynesian tattoos, and learning hula, as well as watch cultural demonstrations on the stage.
An abundant buffet dinner features both traditional and contemporary local dishes, such as ahi poke (raw tuna), wild fern salad, slow roasted Kalua pork, island fish, and guava BBQ chicken. There is also an open bar, and local sweets for dessert.
The entertainment portion takes guests on a journey through Hawaii past & present with captivating songs and dances from Pacific Island cultures, culminating in the high-energy Samoan fire knife dance.
Tip: Book early for the best seats (pre-assigned based on when booked) and earlier access to the buffet.
NOTE: Fridays in the calendar are currently tentative so you may want to book a Monday or Wednesday luau for more certainty if those work for you. More details below.
WHY WE RECOMMEND THIS OPTION OVER OTHER LUAUS
On large grassy area with unobstructed views of the adjacent scenic beach, ocean, and Black Rock cliff, unlike the other main Kaanapali Beach luaus which are on concrete immediately adjacent to a hotel building and with mostly obstructed views of the beach
Extensive drinks at the included open bar available all night long (others end early)
Everyone receives fresh flower lei necklace (pending availability, otherwise a kukui nut lei or carved turtle or fishhook necklace)
Exciting fire-knife dance (unlike the large Lahaina luau)
Pre-assigned seating and personalized check-in time for quicker arrival process and avoiding need to line up early to get the best seats (unlike others)
If staying along Ka’anapali Beach, this convenient location means it's likely only a stroll along the beach pathway (no need to drive)
Free self parking, or only $5 for valet
Pre-show entertainment, including Hawaiian crafts, demonstrations, and live music
Audience participation/engagement, including hula lesson
Professional photo opportunity
Imu ceremony (unearthing and parading of a whole pig cooked all day in an underground stove before it is served for dinner)
The Sheraton Resort area was not physically impacted by the early August Lahaina fire, and the luau reopened in late December.
With a phased reopening, the luau has started with Mondays and Wednesdays for now, although it plans to likely add Fridays back in early 2024. All the Mondays & Wednesdays shown in the calendar through the end of June have been officially scheduled. For Fridays through June, we are offering early tentative booking, as well as for all days in July and August, for those who want to get their booking over with and so we can grab you the best seats in the package booked as soon as dates are officially released. If there are any unexpected issues/changes we will inform you as soon as possible with ample notice. There is an option to Pay Later when booking.
However, if you are interested in one of these tentative dates (Fridays through June, and all dates July onwards) and prefer to wait to book until they are more final, you can check back for when this message has been updated/removed, or you can submit our form to be contacted at that time. You can also check out our South Maui luau.
Maui is fully open to visitors outside the town of Lahaina. Maui's economy, which is heavily dependent on tourism, is counting on the return of visitors to fully recover from the Lahaina wildfire disaster and to preserve jobs, especially for the vast majority of Maui residents who are not eligible for disaster assistance and whose livelihoods revolve around tourism. Please consider visiting Maui soon as a way to support the broader island community. The physical destruction was generally limited to the town of Lahaina, or around 1% of Maui's land area, and did not include Kaanapali, Napili, Kapalua, and the many other areas of Maui. Thank you.
Standard Seating Age 13+: $190.08 Age 6-12: $105.60 Age 5 & under: Free
Preferred Seating (VIP) First 2 rows and first to buffet Age 13+: $218.88 Age 6-12: $134.40 Age 5 & under: Free
Since tables are pre-assigned, if your party is booking separately in order to pay separately, please answer the question at checkout about the other parties you want to sit with so you are assigned the same table. Tables fit 10 if mixed parties, or can fit 12 if all one party. If your party is more than 12, it would be helpful to note at checkout how you want to be split up at adjacent tables.
The luau is conveniently located right off the main Kaanapali Beach at the Sheraton Maui Resort. The exact location is the large lawn just steps from the beach and beachfront path (popular for a stroll), with direct views of the ocean (and Lanai in the distance), as shown in this map image (red arrow).*
Driving Distance 5-15 min from Lahaina Town, Napili, and Kapalua 40-60 min from Kihei/Wailea
Parking Parking at the Sheraton parking structure is $2 for luau guests (with validation). Valet parking is also available for $5 (with validation).
Walking If you are staying at lodging along Kaanapali Beach, you can likely just take a short walk on the paved and lit beach walkway.
Other Transportation Many hotels in the area have a free Ka’anapali Resort Shuttle that goes to the Whalers Village shopping center, which is a 5 minute walk along the beachfront path to the Sheraton; ask your hotel for details. In addition, the Maui Bus ($2) connects Whalers Village to multiple areas, including Lahaina Town / Lahaina Harbor.
Uber & Lyft are also active on Maui.
* On rare occasions, the luau is held on another lawn closer to the hotel (but still between the hotel and the beach/ocean). On the one hand, this means there isn't a view of the ocean/beach and cliff dive; on the other hand, it's a more intimate luau with ~50% less people. Currently the only date scheduled with this change is May 6, 2024.