The location on Lahaina harbor features one of the most picture-perfect landscapes in the whole state. We haven’t gone on our own in years — we tend to visit the Lu’au when mainland guests come — but we always make a point of getting there as early as possible so we can have a private gaze at the setting sun sparkling off the harbors little waves. Romantic and relaxing. And mouth-watering, due to the heady aroma of roasted pig floating over from the imu, the traditional oven pit.
The drinks are delicious (and keep coming — careful, they’re stronger than they taste), and the food is authentic lu’au fare (and they’ll show you how to eat poi). The hospitality — from the fresh flower lei greeting to the table service to the unbelievably entertaining and educational show — is pure Hawaiian.
Old Lahaina set out to create a more culturally sensitive entertainment experience than is available at most hotel lu’aus, and they have added more and more touches over the years to make sure they remain the best in the islands. If you are planning on going to a lu’au while on Maui, this is the most authentic one you can choose. (We also love their sister lu’au, Feast at Lele, which is a twist on the traditional lu’au.)
That’s why, when Old Lahaina Lu’au, which we’ve reviewed in Top Maui Restaurants since its inception in 2005, wanted to sponsor this edition, we said yes. We only take sponsorships from businesses that offer the same quality experience to their clients that we offer to our readers — and Old Lahaina Lu’au shares our commitment to excellence, hospitality and authenticity.
Lu’aus book up fast — sometimes months ahead of time. So if you’re making plans, call now and mention Top Maui Restaurants when you do.
Old Lahaina Lu’au: 808-667-0553