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Maui Nui Luau in Maui, HI

Sheraton Maui Resort2605 Kaanapali ParkwayKaanapali, Maui, HI 96761
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Overview

Located on the beachfront along award-winning Kaanapali Beach, the Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock offers an authentic Hawaiian ceremony and buffet for guests of all ages. The luau features some of the best in Hawaiian and Polynesian entertainment, including an amazing fire knife dance, a Pu’u Keka’a cliff dive and more. Guests can also enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast and cocktails during the show.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kaanapali, Maui Travel Experts
  • Luau start and end times subject to crowd size and weather.
  • Bring your appetite for an all-you-can-eat feast.
  • Arrive 15-30 minutes before the show starts.
  • Cocktail seating option does not include dinner.

Description

from Maui Nui Luau
Join the Tihati cast on a spectacular voyage through the South Pacific during the Maui Nui Luau. An exciting and colorful presentation of the Polynesians from Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Rarotonga, New Zealand and Samoa, set to pulsating and syncopated drum beats. From the celebrative festival dances of Tahiti, the fierce warrior dances of Fiji, the exotic hypnotizing dances of the Tuamotus, the legendary dance of the Tahitian princess Tiare to the intriguing fireknife dance of Samoa. For those in love, dance with a loved one during the Hawaiian Wedding song.

The Maui Nui Luau (formerly the Kaanapali Sunset Luau) takes place right at the edge of Kaanapali's famous Black Rock point. Watch daring youth leap and dive from the point as the sun sets amidst gorgeous views of Lanai and Molokai at this Maui luau grounds.

Schedule of Luau Events:
5:00 pm – Check-In
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Lei greeting, cocktails, Hawaiian music, Hawaiian games and activities, Traditional Imu Ceremony
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – All-You-Can-Eat Hawaiian Luau Buffet
8:00 pm – “Tihati Polynesia Revue"

Luau Menu:
- Salad Selections
- Up Country Mixed Green Salad
- Papaya Seed Vinaigrette, Creamy Garlic-Herb Dressing, Oriental Vinaigrette
- Cucumber and Maui Onions Salad
- Maui Gold Pineapple Salad with Toasted Coconut Flakes
- Green Pea and Roasted Mix Nut Salad
- Asian Style Somen Salad with Scallions and Kamaboko
- New Potato Salad with Up Country Herb Vinaigrette
- Freshly Baked Sweet Taro Rolls and Whipped Butter

Main Entrees
- Slow Roasted Kalua Pork, Steamed Kula Cabbage, Sautéed Maui Onion
*Fresh From the ‘Imu (Presentation by Culinary Staff)
- Island Style Pulehu Chicken, Soy-Ginger Glaze, Maui Gold Pineapple Salsa
- Grilled Pacific Catch, Ginger- Lemongrass Butter Sauce

Local Accompaniments
- Lomi Lomi Salmon
- Poi
- Hawaiian Style Fried Rice
- Steamed Molokai Sweet Potatoes, Toasted Shaved Coconut with Coconut Butter Glaze

Desserts
- Guava Chiffon Cake with Toasted Coconut
- Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cream Pie
*Mango Bread Pudding with Tahitian Vanilla Bean Custard Sauce
- Traditional Haupia
- Assorted Cookies

Note: Dependent on crowd size and weather, luau may start/end earlier.

The Standard Seating includes the dinner (meal) and cocktails.
The Cocktail Seating includes beverages only, no dinner (meal).

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

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PecosJoe
San Jose, CA
"Not bad if you are in the area"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 11, 2017 NEW
Attended on 4/10/17. Discounted tickets were $74 for Adults $50 for children through Boss Frog. If you are coming with a large group, be sure to negotiate. Held on the grounds of the Sheraton Hotel. The staff, buffet, location, and entertainment were all pleasant enough. As others noted, the mixed drinks are unremarkable, and the view of the stage is much better from the front than the back. Overall, not spectacular, but not bad at all. A tip, different from other comments: If you attend an actual performance by a group of dedicated dancers from a local hālau, you get a better understanding of how hard Hawaiʻians work to preserve their language, culture and traditions. A touristy luau like the Sheraton becomes the Disney version of the real thing. Of course, the Sheraton entertainment is fun, accurate and well done. However, if you are interested enough and make an extra effort to check the local community events, you can attend very elaborate dancing, traditional chanting, great music -- and chat with people in the local community -- for almost no money at all.
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KLK203
Wilton, Connecticut
"Little Cheesy, but a fun night!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 05, 2017 NEW
I wanted to go to a luau on my first visit to Maui....we ended up at the Sheraton Kaanapali Sunset Luau at Black Rock. I attended with my boyfriend. We purchased the full ticket with dinner, drinks and entertainment. We were seated with a lovely group of people and loved to interact with other travelers during the evening! Everyone was greeted with a lei, which was really fun....and a welcome cocktail. The evening was a beautiful sunset, and overall a nice set-up. Before the main event was fun - lawn games, flowers for ladies, vendor shopping and mingling with other guests. Unveiling of the pig and the buffet was delicious. The actual show was a little cheesy/touristy - just when we were getting a little bored, they brought out the fire thrower right at the perfect time. I started to lose a little interest in the story/hula dancing. It was hard to follow the story the host was telling. Overall - we were happy we attended. But definitely a one and done experience for us. Glad we went for the meal - likely would have been disappointed if we just came for drinks and the show. The meal made it feel like a complete evening. This would be a good event for children. We did have a 3 year old at our table who started to lose interest too (until the fire thrower!). I saw other children dancing around the tables.... So glad the weather held out and we were able to enjoy the luau outside!!
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David M
Littleton, Colorado
"Not just a luau...an evening of entertainment, education and great food."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 01, 2017 NEW
Luau's can be cliché with watered down drinks or they can be authentic luaus done well. The Sunset Luau at Black Rock combines authentic food,cultural dance, music and fire knives with a beautiful black rock beach setting. First and foremost, the performers are authentic but they are also welcoming and approachable for kids' and families' questions. It's clear they care about their culture and welcome the opportunity to share it with those interested and entertain those who are looking for the entertainment aspect of the night. The ideal luau for families provides a great buffet (had seconds because it was so good), great activities and atmosphere. From the torch lighter on the black rock to the traditional call to dinner as they unearth the roasted pig, it's unmistakably island style and the Sheraton Luau does it best. We saw other luau's throughout the week and were so happy we chose the Black Rock Luau.
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Scott K
Plainfield, Illinois
"Very nice Luau!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 01, 2017 NEW
The show starts a bit early (5:30PM), and the sun is still hot at that point, it might be worth the extra money to get preferred seating as we did, to avoid some of that sun. Plenty of local foods and drinks and plenty of flair in the show. Dancers were amazing! The fire dancer towards the end was the best! This guy was stunning. If you have the opportunity to go to the Luau at the Sheraton, don't hesitate. Very nice.
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Ruddy B
Manhattan, Kansas
"Good luau, but felt very "touristy""
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2017
We expected authenticity for a luau, and this felt a bit "touristy." Don't get me wrong, the dances and audience participation (by the MC) were fantastic; however, the drinks at the bar were poorly made. We had mai tais that didn't taste good at all. We did appreciate the food and desserts, as well as our dinner portrait that the photographer took of us with the sunset in the background. I didn't see them run out of leis, which was nice.

Frequently Asked Questions about Maui Nui Luau

When should I arrive for the luau?
Check-in begins promptly at 5:00 pm with the events beginning at 5:30 pm. We ask that guests arrive during this 30-minute window of time.

What food is served as part of the buffet?
The following food items are available during the buffet portion of the luau.

Salad Selections:

  • Up Country Mixed Green Salad
  • Papaya Seed Vinaigrette, Creamy Garlic-Herb Dressing, Oriental Vinaigrette
  • Cucumber and Maui Onions Salad
  • Maui Gold Pineapple Salad with Toasted Coconut Flakes
  • Green Pea and Roasted Mix Nut Salad
  • Asian Style Somen Salad with Scallions and Kamaboko
  • New Potato Salad with Up Country Herb Vinaigrette
  • Freshly Baked Sweet Taro Rolls and Whipped Butter

Main Entrees:
  • Slow Roasted Kalua Pork, Steamed Kula Cabbage, Sautéed Maui Onion
  • Fresh From the ‘Imu (Presentation by Culinary Staff)
  • Island Style Pulehu Chicken, Soy-Ginger Glaze, Maui Gold Pineapple Salsa
  • Grilled Pacific Catch, Ginger- Lemongrass Butter Sauce

Local Accompaniments:
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon
  • Poi
  • Hawaiian Style Fried Rice
  • Steamed Molokai Sweet Potatoes, Toasted Shaved Coconut with Coconut Butter Glaze

Desserts:
  • Guava Chiffon Cake with Toasted Coconut
  • Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cream Pie
  • Mango Bread Pudding with Tahitian Vanilla Bean Custard Sauce
  • Traditional Haupia
  • Assorted Cookies

When are luaus held?
The Maui Nui Luau is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and seasonal Fridays.