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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:
4:45 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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Ben W
"Great show and even better food"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2017 NEW
First off, I have to say I was a little concerned when I read some of the reviews on trip advisor. There were some people who complained about the show only lasting a few minutes, or their not being enough food to go around. others had said that the venue itself was not a good location, and that they had to sit around waiting to be photographed. I found all of these to be inaccurate. My wife and I arrived at approximately 5 PM and were instantly taken to our table. We did not have premium seating and were actually towards the back. We could still see every single aspect of the show. There was an open bar serving piña colada's and mai tai's that were premade. These drinks were a little on the weak side. Part of that had to do with the fact that they were premade and sitting out in 85° weather. So, some of the ice melts and makes a drink seem weaker. However, there were a number of other options for drinks. My wife and I were able to order whatever we wanted in terms of a vodka, rum, gin or whiskey type of drink. They also had beer on tap. Regarding the meal, people are ushered to the buffet line starting at the front and moving towards the back. Lengtg of time is similar to what you might wait at a wedding reception. We were near the back and the wait was not that long. There was a large number of options to choose from at the buffet. There were multiple fish Options as well as traditional Hawaiian pork options. Everything was available, and as soon as something ran out, there was a staff member present to replace or refill the item. Of course, there were also a number of fresh fruit and vegetarian items to choose from as well. All of the food was delicious. Now, regarding the show. Some people had complained that the show primarily consisted of audience participation. This is absolutely untrue. The show does start with the audience learning some basic hula moves. And there is a point later on in the show where those who are celebrating weddings or anniversaries are invited to come up to the front and enjoy one dance together. The entire rest of the show, which included a cliff dive at sunset, was all very entertaining. The Emcee explained the traditional dances and many of the traditional Hawaiian beliefs. Everything about this luau was great. It was everything I expected it would be and then some. I absolutely would recommend this luau to anyone who is a first time luau goer such as myself and my wife.
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Joe C
San Rafael, California
"good experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2017 NEW
family of two adults and three kids enjoyed this luau. everything was organized and it seemed like everyone was enjoying themselves. we arrived at 4:30 and by then there was already a queue of 30-40 people waiting to enter. at 4:45 they started letting people in. we got leis which was a nice treat. we did not upgrade to VIP but ended up in the third row...just fine. you are out in the sun for a while. so bring a hat /sunglasses/ sunscreen. if you are looking to maximize alcohol consumption with good drinks, this is not the place for you. the pina coladas were not frozen, just on the rocks, and not a lot of liquor. they also had mai tais, bud on tap, and wine. got to see the imu ceremony up close and the pig get unearthed. i heard not all shows offer that. food was good, pork was the best part. the show was fine - nothing earth shattering, but as luaus go it met the mark. there was a five minute segment with a fire dancer, which was the highlight. i will also add that parking ended up being free as the garage exit was not manned. not sure if that is the norm or not. i heard (?) it was only $2 with the validation which seemed cheap, not sure if that's true. also nice - gratuity is included with your admission. all in all, after reading iffy reviews on some of the other luaus, we were happy with our experience.
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Patrick G
"Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2017 NEW
It was a great time, and I enjoyed the fire dance! They did a great job with the show; only complaint was the weakness of the drinks.
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mdgloria
Phoenix, Arizona
"Pretty good show."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2017 NEW
Unfortunately, the sun was beating down on us as soon as we got there. There isn't much you can do to prevent that but it made it a very uncomfortable wait for the show to begin. The host of the luau was great and the dancers were awesome to watch and had great attitudes, however the actual performances didn't seem like they lasted very long for to how long the show was. They had crowd participation like other luaus. I enjoyed the food, it was buffet style and not a ton of options but still pretty good. You can't beat the oceanfront view but they do advertise an open bar, however, it's limited to how "open" it is. Overall it was a good production and my fiancé enjoyed his first luau.
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Stephanie1211
Trumbull, Connecticut
"Disappointing First Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2017 NEW
We were staying at the Sheraton and were convinced by pushy concierge to do this luau over the Old Lahaina Luau. He promised that this would be a better experience- well no. First off, the luau lawn is in the beating down sun with no shade so we were sweating until sunset (which was beautiful to watch and probably the highlight of our evening). We were sitting towards the back but we found that it was hard to hear the MC. We also got bored by him first asking all the people with birthdays, then those celebrating anniversaries, then veterans etc. to stand up for a round of applause. The food was average and not that many choices. Overall the actual performance part probably lasted 25 minutes. We did enjoy the fire show at the end but even that was very brief. The significance of it was not explained - or else we missed it- so we did not understand the relation to Hawaiian culture. There has to be better luaus on the island.

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.