When you think about traveling to Hawaii what’s the one thing on your itinerary that is a must-see? A luau, of course! Not all luau’s are the same, however. If you want to discover the best, most authentic luau in Maui, then your choice is an easy one.

The Old Lahaina Luau in Lahaina, Maui, is the best luau on the entire island, and the only authentically Hawaiian Luau. Here you will find not only tourists, but locals as well. And that should tell you something right away. When the locals are around, you know you’ve found gold.

The reason the Old Lahaina Luau is so good is due to its attention to detail – authentic, true, accurate Hawaiian detail.

The only way you can assure yourself a true Hawaiian experience is to journey back in time and celebrate the true customs of Hawaii as they were practiced back then. This is the luau where traditional song, customs, cuisine, and the music and dance of Hawaii are brought to life like nowhere else. There is no place else that continually is awarded the ‘Best Luau in Maui’ time after time.

Frommers Maui has said the Old Lahaina Luau’s “authenticity, intimacy, hospitality, cultural integrity and sheer romantic beauty have made this Maui’s top luau.”

When you arrive you will be transported to a Hawaii of days gone by. Everywhere you look you will see thatched roof buildings, palms swaying in the breeze, the gentle light of tiki torches, and the unforgettable Maui sunset which will set the tone for all that is to come. There just is no substitute for the Old Lahaina Luau anywhere.

Everyone receives their fresh tropical flower lei upon arrival, as well as an excellent Maui mai-tai. Here, at the Old Lahaina Luau, you will be settling in at the ocean’s edge, with beautiful views of Lanai and Molokai. All you have to do is be prepared for a most spectacular sunset and embrace the island’s warmth and hospitality.

Because you have made reservations, you know you’ll have a front-row seat for the spectacular luau as it unfolds. Until then, you can enjoy all the Old Lahaina is famous for, by taking a stroll around the grounds. There are local arts and crafts which are available for sale, and many locals to talk with about the traditions of the evening that you will soon be a part of.

Gather round the imu, the traditional Hawaiian underground oven, where the Kalua pig will emerge. Once this happens, dinner is served. And what a dinner it is! Indulge in food like you’ve never experienced before, and may never experience again. You will have your choice of Kalua pig, guava glazed chicken, stir fry vegetables, baked mahi mahi, chicken long rice, sweet potatoes, and much more.

Fresh from the salad bar, sample such delicacies as lomi lomi salmon, pahole salad, taro salad, poke, poi, island crab salad, fresh green salad, fresh fruits of the island, and all the rolls and bread you can eat. There are any number of sweet desserts to be enjoyed as well as coffee, tea, soft drinks, tropical drinks, and there’s always the open bar.

The Old Lahaina Luau bathes you in Hawaiian culture and the history of the islands by telling you a story beginning with the migration across the Pacific to the Hawaiian Islands. The program begins with Otea, which is the early migration of the Polynesians as they voyage to their new home, the islands of Hawaii.

Included in the luau is the story of the hula. It started out as Hula Kahiko, which was the ancient form of the hula, and offered a way to communicate with the gods.

The modern Hula dance is called Hula ‘auana. Dancers tell their stories with the gracefulness of hands and bodies everyone has come to recognize. Follow the narrative to discover how the hula was influenced by missionaries and how it came to change due to tourism. As you encounter all the Old Lahaina Luau offers you, you’ll come away with knowing you’ve been a part of an authentic one-of-a-kind Maui luau that is like no other. This is certainly an experience you and your family will never forget.

Just be sure to book your Old Lahaina Luau well in advance, at least a month, in order to ensure that you’ll be a part of the luau. After all, the Old Lahaina Luau is one of the best reasons there is to come to Maui, Hawaii.

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(luau cropped image courtesy Brian Teutsch / CC2.0)