Maui Luau Review - Old Lahaina Luau

Photo by Alex McLeod

The Old Lahaina Luau focuses on authentic Hawaiian food and hula show - no Samoan fireknife dancers or other acts that don't originate from Hawaii.
The Old Lahaina Luau gets high ratings - according to the Frommer's Maui travel guide... authenticity, intimacy, hospitality, cultural integrity and sheer romantic beauty have made this Maui's top luau.

The Old Lahaina Luau limits itself to authentic Hawaiian food, crafts, and hula dances. So there are no Samoan fire-knife dancers or other exciting acts that don't originate from Hawaii.

For some vacationers, especially those with children, this is the reason to pass on this luau. For other vacationers, this is the best reason to select this luau.

My Maui luau review of the Old Lahaina Luau menu and show, schedule and time, ticket prices and reservations, location and parking, pictures and video:

Old Lahaina Luau Show

Photo by Josh Berglund

Hula dancer at the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui
The show is mostly women doing the hula, then men doing the hula, and then men and women doing some more hula.

Rather than a single hula dancer like many luaus, a group of hula dancers will perform on the Theatre in the Round type stage, which has good elevation and visibility from all sides.

Be careful about getting the front row seats around the circular stage. They are also authentic Hawaiian - you use a low table and sit on a pillow (this is called Hawaiian mat seating).

This can either be great fun because you are right at the stage looking up at the hula dancers, or a challenge if you are not as limber as you used to be.

All our reviewed Maui luaus present hula auana - the graceful modern hula performed to the accompaniment of songs and Western syle musical instruments such as the ukulele, double bass, and guitar and steel guitar.

The Old Lahaina Luau does a good job of also featuring hula kahiko - an ancient style of hula performed to the accompaniment of chants, drums and other percussion instruments.

Old Lahaina Luau Menu

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A plate of luau food such as kalua pig and poi at the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui.
The food is served buffet style. To avoid long lines at the buffet like at some luaus, your host lets you know when your table can go through the buffet line. This does decrease wait time in the line, but some visitors feel like they are back in school again.

• Kalua Roast Pork Laulau (steamed pork wrapped in luau leaf)

• Chicken Long Rice Shredded chicken, Maui onions, ginger & rice bean noodles in broth

• Island Style Chicken Chicken marinated with guava sauce garnished with fresh pineapples & toasted sesame seeds

• Stir Fry Vegetables Zucchini, Maui onions, carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, and baby corn

• Local-Style Fried Rice Fried rice with green onions, peas, & sesame oil

• Sweet Potato Warm sliced Big Island sweet potatoes

• Island Crab Salad Crab, shrimp and water chestnuts

• Taro Salad Taro and spinach folded in coconut sauce

• Pohole Salad Fern shoots, Maui onions & tomatoes served in a vinaigrette sauce

• Lomi-Lomi Salmon Tomatoes, Maui onions, & salted salmon

• Ahi Poke Fresh raw ahi (yellow fin tuna) with green onions & Maui onions

• Poi Made from boiling & mashing the root of the taro plant

• Fresh Island Fruit & Banana Bread

• Assorted Island Desserts Chocolate Mac Nut Brownie, Maui Macadamia Nut Tart, Lilikoi Mousse Chocolate Cups, & Coconut Haupia

Old Lahaina Luau Price & Tickets

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Old Lahaina Luau Location and Parking

The luau is held oceanside in north Lahaina. There is some parking on the grounds, with most parking across Front Street in the parking lot of the Lahaina Cannery Mall (this is the mall where the Safeway grocery store is located)

Close by. The Aloha Mixed Plate oceanside restaurant, one of our favorite lunch stops, is next to the luau grounds (it is run by the same ownership group). Lahaina Cannery Mall is across the street.

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Uncovering the kalua pig roasted in the imu at the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui

Old Lahaina Luau Schedule

The Old Lahaina Luau schedule is seven nights a week. The luau grounds open for crafts, drinks, and the imu presentation (when the kalua pig is removed from the traditional underground stone and sand oven) between 5:15-5:45PM. The luau begins at sunset and ends around 8:15-8:45PM.

Old Lahaina Luau Pictures

The imu ceremony at the beginning of the luau where the roasted kalua pig is uncovered from the imu underground roasting pit.

Maui Luau: Old Lahaina Luau  ceremony uncovering roasted kalua pig from an imu underground oven

Photo by tweber1

This dancer acommpanies her hula dance with a dried gourd - ipo.

Maui Luau: Old Lahaina Luau hula dancer with dried gourd

Photo by Josh Berglund

Hula dancing includes hula auana - the graceful modern hula and hula kahiko - the ancient style of hula performed to the accompaniment of chants, drums and other percussion instruments.

Maui Luau: Old Lahaina Luau hula dancers

Photo by Alex McLeod

Maui Luau: Old Lahaina Luau dancers

Photo by Alex McLeod

Old Lahaina Luau Video

This old Lahaina Luau video features both the ancient style of hula - hula kahiko - and the graceful modern hula - hula auana.

Click on the PLAY button in the image below to view the video.

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