Luau at The Wailea Beach Marriott

Duration: 3 hours

South Maui

Time: Evening

  • Hawaiian and Polynesian culture and history depicted through song and dance
  • Spectacular fire knife dance
  • All-you-can-eat feast with variety of Hawaiian dishes and open bar with tropical cocktails
  • Imu ceremony with unearthing of cooked pig
  • Overlooking beautiful beach and sunset as backdrop


Experience the tastes and sights of Hawaiian culture and history with the Te Au Moana (“The Ocean Tide”) Luau at the oceanfront Marriott Resort in Wailea. You’ll enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast of Hawaiian cuisine, an open bar, an Imu ceremony unearthing the pig cooking in a traditional underground oven, interactive activities such as island tattoos and hula dancing, and authentic and entertaining performances with vibrant costumes depicting the stories of Hawaii and the Polynesian people, culminating in the exciting fire-knife dance. All of this takes place with a scenic backdrop of a tropical beach and a setting sun over the Pacific Ocean.

Full current menu here. In addition, the open bar includes tropical cocktails like Hawaiian Mai Tais and a wide selection of liquors, wine, and beer.

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  • Exciting fire-knife dance
  • Warm host provides insightful commentary to audience that compliments the beautiful storytelling through song and dance
  • Everyone receives fresh flower lei necklace (pending availability, otherwise a carved wooden turtle necklace)
  • Wide variety of traditional Hawaiian activities, as well as imu ceremony
  • Free self parking
  • Plentiful audience interaction

COVID-19 UPDATE (January)

The luau is operating. Temporary changes for everyone's safety and to comply with local regulations include: 1) reduced capacity with social distancing, 2) table service instead of buffet (except walk-up bar), 3) only one seating/price tier, 4) each party at a private assigned table, 5) no interactive activities, audience participation on stage, or flower lei, and 6) minimum of 2 people per booking (sorry, no parties of 1 can book). Please ensure your entire party is booked under one booking in order to sit together; parties at different tables may not mingle at the luau during COVID.

Premium seating and shared tables may be brought back later this year, and if this happens and you've already made a booking, you will be emailed with the new details / options.

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Guidebook Reviews

Maui Revealed Guidebook:

A luau can be a blast, and, if your time allows for one, they are highly recommended. The better ones are at the higher price end, and you should book them in advance.

In South Maui, we prefer the Marriott luau over the other option. The show is better with some audience participation, the mai tais weren’t watered down, the food was better, and the pig you saw come out of the ground is the pig you eat.

Fodor's Guidebook:

Luaus are a major attraction. You get what you pay for, and many of the best book weeks or months in advance, so reserve early. Plan your luau night early on in your trip to help you get into the Hawaiian spirit.

At the Marriott luau, there is a simply breathtaking backdrop of the ocean, and the tasty buffet serves a plethora of local staples and desserts. The performance concludes with a jaw-dropping solo fire-knife dance.

Moon Guidebook:

Attending a luau is like going to dinner theater. It’s a good opportunity to try a lot of local foods at once. If you really enjoy a good Broadway show, then you might enjoy a luau, and kids seem to love them.

The Marriott luau has a highly entertaining performance, and the backdrop of the setting sun creates a panorama you would expect from a luau in paradise.