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.
Booking Tip: Book early for the best seats (pre-assigned based on when booked) and earlier access to the buffet
WHY WE RECOMMEND THIS OPTION OVER OTHER LUAUS
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)
September 29 Update The Sheraton Resort area has not been physically impacted by the recent Lahaina fire, and the current projection for the luau reopening is November. For those looking to book a luau before then, our South Maui luau is operating normally, as well as our luaus on Oahu and the Big Island. When booking on our website, you do have the option to Pay Later so there is the benefit of getting the best seats by booking this luau soon without any financial risk. If you'd rather wait until it is more official, please submit our form.
The current travel advisory is only for West Maui (i.e. Kaanapali, Napili, Kapalua), and all restrictions for West Maui end October 7, per the Governor's announcement this month. In the meantime, the rest of the island remains open, and our Road to Hana Tour and South Maui luau have been operating. Our activities on Oahu and the Big Island are also not impacted.
Maui's economy, which is heavily dependent on tourism, is counting on the return of visitors to fully recover from this disaster and to preserve jobs and livelihoods, especially for the vast majority of Maui residents who are not eligible for disaster assistance and for whom the continued severe reduction of tourism would be devastating. 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. Thank you.
The luau normally only operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you've checked the booking calendar above and don't see any availability for the only dates you can do, please submit our waitlist form. You can also check out our other West Maui luau.
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.
2024 Schedule & Pricing
2024 luau dates have not yet been officially released. However, 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, 2024 dates are available to book now in our calendar above, and if there are any unexpected changes we will inform you as soon as possible with ample notice. There is an option to Pay Later when booking. However, if you prefer to wait until these dates are more final, you can check back within the next few months for when this message has been updated/removed, or you can submit our waitlist form to be contacted at that time.
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 included at no charge 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). As of August 2023, the current scheduled dates for this arrangement are November 20 & 22.