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We went to the Old Lahaina Luau during our 2008 trip to Maui. It was one of our favorite experiences from any of the Hawaiian Islands. We got there quite a bit early which helped us get a good parking spot. We just went to the mall across the street for a bit to pass the time before the Luau started.

The atmosphere at the luau was very good. As soon as you walk in they give you a lei and a drink – and the drinks were very very tasty. A fresh tropical fruit drink is about as good as it gets.┬áSince we were staying at the Maui Banyan in Kihei – about 40 minutes away – we had a few designated drivers for our group. The bartender had no problems with mixing up some amazing fruit drinks without alcohol. I certainly didn’t hear any complaints from those who were enjoying the alcoholic versions either.

I booked our tickets well in advance, so we were seated in the front row of the seated tables. The only ones in front of us were a row of mat seating on the ground, which because they were seated on the floor, they were not in our way at all. It didn’t look like there was a bad seat in the place:

Apr 17 2008 494The Imu – where they cook the kalua pork:

Apr 17 2008 522The ceremony was very busy with people crowded around, so I didn’t get any good photos once they started digging. I was very happy I checked it out though, as not everyone in our group did. They seemed disappointed as I described watching the ceremony to them.

The buffet was very good. I tried everything on the menu, although some things were a bit different, like the Octopus salad. One of my favorites was the Ahi Poke, and of course everyone enjoyed the Kalua Pork. I filled my plate a couple times and ended up completely stuffed.

The entertainment was amazing as well. They did a very good job of telling a number of Hawaiian stories. The dancers and costumes were all very good. Although we didn’t get very many good photos since it was dark and they were moving pretty fast. A few turned out good though:

Old Lahaina Luau

The entire luau experience was an event to remember; one that I would certainly recommend to anyone visiting Maui. Many other people on Tripadvisor also recommend them as they are one of the highest rated in Lahaina. The entire night was one of the most memorable experiences during our time in Hawaii. It was well worth the cost and we will likely go back once again on our next trip to Maui.

Their website is: http://www.oldlahainaluau.com/

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