Drums of the Pacific Luau in Maui, HI

Hyatt's Drums of the Pacific Luau at Sunset Terrace200 Nohea Kai DriveLahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Overview

Featured at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa on Kaanapali Beach, this exciting luau takes guests on a thrilling Polynesian adventure through an elaborate imu ceremony, traditional arts and crafts demonstrations, a symbolic torch-lighting ceremony, and an exotic Hawaiian buffet feast. Guests of “Drums of the Pacific” Polynesian Spectacular are greeted with shell leis upon arrival and wished farewell with a beautiful Polynesian fashion show.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Lahaina, Maui Travel Experts
  • Located at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort, just steps from Ka’anapali Beach.
  • Bring a camera to capture memories of the gorgeous sunsets on the beach.
  • Traditional arts and crafts demonstrations.
  • Impressive torch lighting ceremony
  • Authentic imu ceremony: the unveiling of the main dish, Kalua Pua'a.
  • All-you-can-eat Hawaiian buffet.
  • Open bar featuring beer, wine, mixed cocktails, mai tais, and more.

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Ashley C.

For a beachfront luau in Maui, you can't beat Drums of the Pacific. The mai tai's are endless, and so is the buffet, while the hospitality makes you feel like you’re not just watching the show but a part of the show!

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Description

from Drums of the Pacific Luau
The sound of the conch, the beating of the drums and the echoes of the Hawaiian chant signal the start of Maui’s most exciting Polynesian Lu’au – Drums of the Pacific. In the authentic Hawaiian tradition, native crafts and customs are demonstrated including the unearthing of the freshly roasted pig from the Imu. A cast of 18 dancers and musicians will perform the songs and dances of their Polynesian ancestors from throughout the South Pacific including a thrilling Fire Knife Dance finale.

Your Drums of the Pacific Adventure Includes:
  • Greeting with a shell lei and fresh mai tais or fruit punch for each guest

  • A delightful performance of Hawaiian music

  • Traditional arts and crafts demonstrations

  • Impressive torch lighting ceremony

  • Authentic imu ceremony - the unveiling of the main dish, Kalua Pua'a.

  • Friendly greetings by Royal Polynesians, followed by a Polynesian fashion show featuring the islands most exotic pareaus (sarong) in creative styles.

  • An all-you-can-eat generous buffet including Kalua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Mahi Mahi, Polynesian Rice, Vegetables Makamaka, Tropical Fruits Anuenue, Soba Noodles, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pacific Ahi Poke, Tossed Green Salad, and Poi (taro).

  • Lavish dessert bar featuring Macadamia Nut Lu'au Cream Pie, Haupia with Toasted Coconut, Pineapple Cake and Bread Pudding. It's a great Hawaiian Lu'au Feast served throughout the first half of the show.

  • Open bar featuring beer, wine, mixed cocktails, mai tais, and fruit punch.


The "All-You-Can-Eat" Luau Menu
  • Salads and Starters: Polynesian Rice, Baked Kula and Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes, Vegetables Makamaka, Tropical Fruit Anuenue, Soba Noodles, Roasted Wedges of Maui Onions, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pacific Ahi Poke, Tossed Green Salad, Kim Chee, and Poi.

  • Entrees: Kalua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Mahi Mahi, and Ulupalakua Beef

  • Desserts: Macadamia Nut Luau Cream Pie, Haupia with Toasted Coconut, Pineapple Cake and Bread Pudding


Drums of the Pacific Show Schedule
Schedule (April-September): 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schedule (October-March): 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Daniel Richard
Houston, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic Luau"
June, 2018 NEW
This is the first luau we have been to, but it was a great experience. Everything was well organized, the food was great (and very plentiful), and the show was great. Everyone there was having a very good time and servers were very friendly. In talking with others across the table from us, they said that they had attended other Luaus but like this one best because the show covered some of the history of the Polynesian islands and showed dances and stories from each.
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Tip: The Luau is behind the Hotel (Google Maps was misleading). You can park in the main parking lot and walk through the lobby or park in the beach access parking and walk over.

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Daisy Switzer
Grass Valley , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Lines of The Pacific"
June, 2018 NEW
Although we were an hour early, the line if several hundred guests had only two greeters, thus we missed most of the opening part of the show. The drink ice had melted so a second line for drinks was undertaken. After that, a line for food, then for desert. We noticed several elderly guests with mobility problems for which no help was offered (other guests did step in). The drinks were watery, the food ok, the show might have been nice but I did not see much. For the money, treat yourself to a restraint and watch clips on tv.
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Tip: NOT FOR HANDICAPPED GUESTS

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delaney meyers
peoria, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Must See!"
May, 2018 NEW
I didn't really know what to expect going into the luau considering that I've never been to one but it was a fantastic experience! All of the performers were beautiful and felt each and every movement! My only complaints were the dessert(wasn't that great), general admission didn't get a lei and the announcer was a little too much (came off as fake)
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Reserve Hawaii Customer
San Diego , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ripples of Entertainment!"
April, 2018
This is a great event for the entire family! From the moment you enter the staff takes great care of you and over 200 people are fed in a process that's like a well oiled machine. I was amazed at the level of professionalism of the staff and the pure enjoyment that my family (4years -55 years old) experienced. The dancers captivated the attention of my 4 year old son which is a challenging task in itself. We are back in San Diego and he still talks about the DRUMS OF THE PACIFIC performance. Yesterday, on his own, got dressed in his button down Hawaiian shirt (he detests any type of button shirts) and Hawaiian shorts, moved his drum set to the backyard (because the performance in Maui was outside of course) and demanded that grandma and grandpa sit for his version on DRUMS of the PACIFIC. I share all this to say, if you have little ones, it will be a memory that will stay with them far past the thrill of the airplane ride, pools, beaches, submarine rides, and road to Hana trips. This is definitely something you have to add to the to do list. The food was great and plentiful! The hotel was absolutely gorgeous! My family loved the table for 8 on the back patio seating area in the general section that is near the bench railing! Perfect for the little ones to see above the rest of the crowd.
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Tip: If you have little ones, sit at the table on the back stage nearest to for railing. Perfect spot!

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Elizabeth W.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Drums of the Pacific luau"
March, 2018
The show was pretty good, nothing too special though. The food was decent; again nothing to rave about. I think it was be really fun for kids & ppl in their preteens as well.
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Tip: The tickets to this event was a tiny bit pricey. Use your money for something else like surjing lesions.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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caceres002
"Drums of the Pacific"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
The show was great wonderful staff. The food and drinks were great. A must see show and splurge on the vip section well worth it.
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Jillian Z
"Good Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
It seems like this luau gets a bad rap sometimes but it really is a good luau. It’s not crazy authentic and they don’t have the activities before hand like other luau’s but the food is good (HELLO ITS A BUFFET, lower your expectations) the show is good and the service was great. It’s right by the ocean so you can hear the waves crashing during dinner. Waiters are walking around constantly with drinks. Disclaimer: we did do VIP, which I HIGHLY recommend! We were right in front and all 3 of my kids could see and were engaged the whole time. Had we been in the back it would have been a completely different experience I’m sure. So my best advice is, if you are someone who is going to be upset with sub par anything, you must do VIP and get there a little early to ensure you get a good spot.
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sscheung77
Orange County
"Well paced luau with good food"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
This was our first luau with young children ages 4 and 7, and our first luau in over 10 years. I must preface this review with a disclaimer that we got comp tickets by attending a time share presentation. Thus we had no expectations coming in. When we first arrived, the long line was daunting. After taking the mandatory photo, we were directed to an even longer line to exchange our voucher for the ticket. I was getting a sinking feeling our comp tickets meant we would be stuck with bad seats and long lines all night. However, once they opened the doors, the line moved quickly and although we were seated in the back, we had a pretty good view of the stage as our area was on an elevated deck. We waited about 10 min to be called for the buffet and the food was surprisingly good. (Again, we didn’t expect much as this was a free evening for us). I especially enjoyed the spicy ahi poke, the teriyaki chicken was moist and tasty, the kahlua pork was mildly flavored, and the macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi was also tasty. The kids enjoyed the pasta and saimin option as well as the fresh tropical fruit. They also had a kids buffet with penne pasta and chicken nuggets which were also good. The desert was average but we were already pretty stuffed. They had light entertainment during food service, some singing, “fashion show” with sarong wraps, some hula dancing with audience participation. But the “real” show began at 730, showcasing various dances from the pacific islands. The show lasted an hour with the finale being the fire dance. The whole evening lasted 3 hrs, was well paced, and overall quite an enjoyable night. They kept the attention of the kids for the entire show, which speaks to the great energy, colorful costumes, lovely music, and relatable storytelling of the show. Hats off to the MC and performers!
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Nolalife504
New Orleans, Louisiana
"Very good not great"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
The good: The food and show are good. Show is entertaining. The performers are very good. Service and drinks are good. We had preferred seating which is the second row of seats from the stage. Seemed to be worth the extra amout paid for them vs general seating. Also get seated first and get to buffet lie first. The bad: The show should start about 30 min. Sooner. There is some minor dancing and singing while you eat but many people left before the actual show started not realizing there was more to come. Sometimes the music is too loud to hear the narrator. For the money you pay, everyone should get a flower lai. Only vip seating got them and then they sold them after the show for $5 each. Cheap considering how much tickets costs.
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jainrajat11
New York City, New York
"Mediocre+tacky"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
Very average performances/food/drinks - For the same price you can see the Lu'au at a much better resort, such as Grand Wailea. The seating was terrible too - noone was sitting facing the stage and we were sitting with our sides facing the stage. The only saving grace was the 2 minute fire performance in the end (which was pretty impressive to be fair).
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Drums of the Pacific Luau is located at Hyatt's Drums of the Pacific Luau at Sunset Terrace200 Nohea Kai DriveLahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Frequently Asked Questions about Drums of the Pacific Luau

What is the difference between General and Preferred Seating?
The General seating table assignment is best available upon purchase in the general section and includes a Shell Lei greeting. Seating begins at 5:30 pm (April - Sept).

Preferred Seating is best available in the center tables, 2nd row from the stage with fresh handmade Ti leaf lei. Seating begins at 5:15 pm (April -  Sept).

Where is Drums of Pacific located?
They are located in Lahaina at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Join us in Sunset Terrace, just steps from Ka’anapali Beach.

Is the show located inside or outside?
The Luau is located outside to enjoy the fresh ocean air, located right next to the beach.

Do you operate the show in inclement weather?
As a general rule, we do not operate during harsh weather. We suggest calling the day of the show if you’re unsure about the weather.