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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.

Description

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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:
5:00pm – Check-In
5:30pm – 6:30pm – Lei greeting, cocktails, Hawaiian music, Hawaiian games and activities, Traditional Imu Ceremony
7:00pm – 8:00pm – All-You-Can-Eat Hawaiian Luau Buffet
8:00pm – “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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Visas and V
Tampa, Florida
"Great for first timers"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
This was our first luau and was exactly waht was expected. Check in was very organized with a nice lei and photo session. There was also a sunset photo op later in the evening. We were shown our seats and then instructed to grab a drink at the open bar and explore the area. We were able to shop a few vendors with handmade crafts. They had games set up for the guests to play. We also watched the staff present the kalua pig from the ground. Right before sunset they light the flames on the black rock and cliff jump. Once the pig was raised from the ground we were asked to take our seats as they released tables for the buffet. The food was great! From the fish to the pork to the sides. We had more than enough to eat. We also had the best mango bread pudding. Once everyone had thier food the show began. There were different hula dancers telling the stories of multiple cultures. The show ended with the fire dancer who was amazing! Things to remember: If you want more buffet or desserts get it quickly as shortly after the show starts they start taking it down. Also,once dinner is served they take down one of the two open bars. The last open bar is closed once hte fire dancer comes out. Plan accordingly. Overall it was a great time for our first luau.
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stephaniewK5150MK
Ellensburg, Washington
"Don't pass this up"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2017 NEW
My family have been to this Luau many times, We really enjoy this one, and we go to many Luau's on all the Islands every year we come to Hawaii. Right away the scenery is beautiful, tables are nicely decorated with a snack on the table, the drinks are easily available and the entertainment is great as well. My teenagers are picky when we go to events and they give this a thumbs up! When you first arrive, you get a flower lei, and a family picture you can buy later if you like. I like how you just go and get a drink off the table and how it is unlimited. The Luau food is always different to our taste buds, but they have a great selection of dishes, and it is always fun to try, some you like, some you don't, but there is so much, you really don't need everything. Recommended by my sister, and we have chosen this Luau every since.
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Balls2
Ayr, Canada
"Average performance and meal"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2017 NEW
We were rained out of the original booking at another luau which is our usual choice, so we booked this luau for the first time. There was a mix up on the start time, so we missed part of the show that included a dive off the cliff, but we got there in time for everything else. The meal was good - I especially enjoyed the pork. The performance was on a smaller stage, but the performers were very good.
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Mike M
Indianapolis, Indiana
"Nice Show and Great food"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 30, 2017 NEW
The show was really very nice and the setting is perfect next to the beach at sunset. The food was very good, with a nice variety well prepared. In addition drinks, including beer, wine and cocktails were included in the price, which at $100+ per person was not cheap. We booked this prior to leaving on our trip, but did not realize for about $30 per person you can see the show and get free cocktails, seams like a better deal.
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Liz A
Ca
"This was not my first choice of Luau, but was a very good replacement."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 23, 2017
This was an excellent Luau. I wanted to take my family to Old Lahaina Luau, but they were sold out 2 weeks out. I read the reviews for all luaus and was a little concerned at some of the bad reviews, but here's the thing, I'm picky, and even feeling like this was a sloppy seconds luau, I really enjoyed it. There's a reason old Lahaina sells out. They are better. But if you find yourself in the same situation I did, this is a great replacement. When we walked up, I was comparing everything, and it isn't quite as picturesque of a setting, but it gets the job done. The food was fine. I'm not a big fan of luau food, so I can't really speak to that, but the presentation was nice and my husband loved it, so that's what matters. The show itself was wonderful. My 11 year old was sufficiently impressed as was my husband. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, is that I don't think it's the best luau on Maui, but it could certainly be considered a very good luau.

Frequently Asked Questions about Maui Nui Luau

When should I arrive for the luau?
Check-in begins promptly at 5:00pm with the events beginning at 5:30pm. 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.