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).

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Chris M
"Excellent Luau "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
We had premium seating for this luau which was great for the performance. The highlight was definitely the fire dancer. The whole audience was amazed. The show is also interactive as some members from the audience are pulled on stage. I was actually surprised how good the fish was here as well as the chicken. Mahalo.
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sjkilpatrick
Austin, Texas
"Maui Revealed Book got it wrong"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 16, 2018 NEW
This wasn't what I imagined for my first Lu'au at all. The food on the buffet was very good but skip the pre-made drinks that have been sitting around a while and just ask for a glass of wine. Also the deserts were very weak. The sunset from this location is beautiful but that would have been free without the luau tickets. The most disappointing thing about it is it advertises that it is 3 hours long, but most of that is lining up to get in (to get a good seat I recommend an hour before the show even starts) and it's in the hottest part of the day. I felt like most of the 3 hours was sitting around waiting and NOT being entertained. The show was fun but seemed short and the atmosphere seemed less than authentic sitting on white plastic chairs. Wanted to do a luau while here for my first visit to Hawaii but won't do this again.
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Richard T
Sacramento, California
"Great time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 01, 2018 NEW
Had a great time, made some new friends. Excellent entertainment and dinner. Very well organized re to seating and getting to the awesome buffet. Also some fun stuff for the kids. The valet staff at the hotel entrance was staffed by friendly, efficient valets. All in all a very nice evening.
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MissMoorea
Naples, Florida
"Go Elsewhere!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
We purchased the Cocktail & Show Only tickets to this luau. We did receive a lei and weak Mai Tai in the cost of our ticket and we were escorted to seats in the last row of tables. We weren’t expecting a premium seat location but it was extremely difficult to watch the luau so far back, despite the elevated stage. Do not expect to take photos or videos from this horrible location. The grounds are lovely but based upon our experience at authentic luaus, this luau is simply cheap entertainment. Thank goodness we didn’t purchase tix that included the full meal as what we spent was enough of a waste of money.
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Amanda C
"Disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2018
I've read the reviews and am surprised at the difference! I'm not sure how people can have such different opinions about the exact same show and luau! I've never reviewed anything online, but this was so disappointing I wanted to be sure to save others the money and same disappointment. Since this was our first trip to Hawaii and first luau we debated about purchasing the preferred seating but opted not to. Upon purchase I specifically asked how early we'd need to arrive to have the best available seats. We were told we didn't need to be there until 4:45 - I asked twice if we should go early and line up for better seating, both times I was assured it wasn't necessary. We arrived at exactly 4:46 and were second to last to be seated! Unbelievable! The pina coladas had been sitting out for at least an hour and were just watered down and the soda is served warm. By the time the ice has done it's job, it's watered down, too. When it was time for dinner they excuse you by table. We were technically the second to last table but the last two rows hadn't been sold or whatever so we weren't worried. When we finally got to the buffet there was no food left and they wouldn't replace it. No dressing for the salad, no fish left, we scraped the pan for the last bits of chicken. The only thing in abundance was the poi and the flavorless pork. It was so disappointing that for that kind of money they don't even ensure everyone is fed. Our entire group went hungry and for what we spent I don't think that is right! The show was nice, but we were too hungry and thirsty to appreciate it. The dancers are amazing, no cliff diver (what's up with that!?). FYI the dancers DO NOT come out after the show for pictures. At the beginning of the luau the dancers run the show, leis, tattoos, flowers in hair so I figured they'd stand for pictures afterwards. Only 2 male dancers came out and we had to search them out for a picture. The best part of the whole evening was the sunset which we could have seen without spending money. We had been looking forward to this the whole trip and wish we'd just spent the money on a nice dinner elsewhere. For those who had loved it, I'm happy for you but can't imagine we were at the same luau.
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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.