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Attend a Luau
Old Lahaina Luau - Photo by John Fischer

Old Lahaina Luau

Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com

Maui is a dream for the active traveler. It's been consistently chosen as the best island in the world. There are so many things to do that you'll never be able to do them all in just one visit. Here, however, are some of our picks for the best things to do in Maui.

No visit to Hawaii would be complete without experiencing an authentic Hawaiian Luau. On Maui there is a great selection to choose from.

Several hotels stage beachside luaus featuring Hawaiian foods such as kalua pig, cooked in an earthen oven, poi and haupia (coconut pudding), along with a buffet of more familiar foods. There is lots of Hawaiian music, hula, and even fire dancing.

For a more refined, fine-dining experience, the Feast at Lele in Lahaina is definitely worth consideration.

Here are three of our favorites.

Old Lahaina Luau

The Old Lahaina Luau is offered nightly at their own private luau grounds behind the Cannery Mall in Lahaina, West Maui. The Old Lahaina Luau takes great pride in presenting an authentic Hawaiian luau - an evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music, cultural dances and island crafts. Guests will appreciate a genuine reflection of Hawaii's rich history, while enjoying an ocean view and sunset.

As a three time attendee, I can attest that this is, by far, the best luau that you will find anywhere in the islands. It offers the most delicious and authentic food and the most well-produced and choreographed entertainment. If you only attend one luau while you're in Hawaii, be sure to attend the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui.

Read our feature on the Old Lahaina Luau.

Maui - Feast at Lele

What happens when you combine the Polynesian cuisine of Chef James McDonald (of Pacific'o and I'o Restaurant fame), the entertainment expertise of the folks who run the Old Lahaina Luau and one of the best beachfront settings in Hawaii? The answer is The Feast at Lele in Lahaina, Maui.

The Feast at Lele is more like a fine dinner show than a traditional luau. Each table has a tablecloth, china with silverware and cloth napkins. Guests receive very personal attention from at least two servers. The "Feast" itself is the real star here. The menu consists of a five-course meal featuring cuisine from Hawaii, Tonga, Tahiti, and Samoa, plus dessert. Each course is followed by dramatic Polynesian entertainment from each island.

Read our review of the Feast at Lele.

Wailele Polynesian Luau at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

Situated at the resort's newly renovated Aloha Pavilion, the chefs of The Westin Maui Resort & Spa have created a four course dinner that is presented family style, just like in the olden days.

Crafters with interactive arts and culture allow guests to participate and enjoy learning more about the Polynesian way of life.

The show itself boasts the most extreme troupe of fire knife dance performance in Maui. The show will also include dances and songs from: Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa.

Read our feature on the Wailele Polynesian Luau.

Related Features About Luaus on Maui

View our comprehensive guide to the luaus on Maui.

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