Maui Luau: A Photo Essay from the Royal Lahaina Resort.

By Posted in - Hawaii & Maui on December 10th, 2012

I’m happy to admit that I got leid on more than one occasion in Maui, and I still remember each time vividly.

I don’t want to bore you with all the details from my Hawaiian conquests; even though, my very first lei at Wailea Villas was pretty spectacular.) So, I’ll limit my tale to the 90 glorious minutes following my final lei at the Royal Lahaina Resort, where we attended a traditional luau at Kaanapali Beach.

Prior to this luau, I had only seen the traditional Polynesian celebration on TV shows, like The Brady Bunch and Full House, so I was excited to get a firsthand view of one of Maui’s longest running luaus.

The atmosphere at the Royal Lahaina Luau was even more electric than I’d imagined. People of all ages gathered at long German beer hall-style tables in front of the stage, which gave us a chance to mingle with our neighbors as we sipped colorful cocktails. Now some people may like a cigarette after a lei, but I’m hear to tell you that a good Mai Tai is the way to go. And the Mai Tais at the Royal Lahaina Luau were the most delicious I’ve ever had. Better yet, while sipping my complimentary cocktails (the luau features an open bar), I kept catching smells of the kaulu pig roasting in the imu, a traditional underground oven made of rock and sand, that would soon take its place among the smorgasbord of delights, which included lomi lomi salmon and haupia–a traditional Hawaiian desert with coconut milk-base.

From the moment the conch shell sounded at sunset, we were treated to an evening of stellar performances showcasing the myths and stories of Polynesia. The show, which featured just the right amount of audience participation, burned bright all the way up to the fire dance finale. Beth put together some of her favorite photos from the evening, so you can enjoy the luau from the comfort of your home or cubicle.





Have you ever been to a luau?

*While we were hosted by the Royal Lahaina Resort, our thoughts and opinions are entirely our own.

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  • Annette | Bucket List Journey -

    December 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I went to the Feast at Lele luau in Maui and it was amazing too. The fire dance was breathtaking!

    • Randy -

      December 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

      @Annette | Bucket List Journey, I think when it comes down to it, you can’t really go wrong when you combine Maui, a feast and fire dancing. Glad you had an amazing time too! 🙂

  • Jason’s Travels -

    December 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Great pics! I can’t wait to get back to Hawaii and see another luau. The only one I’ve experienced before was at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu.

    • Randy -

      December 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

      @Jason’s Travels, Me too! It’s such a fun and unique night out. I bet the performance in Oahu was really good. Next time, we are in the islands I’ll be sure to look for a performance at one of the cultural centers.

  • Christy -

    December 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Scott and I were a little bummed that we didn’t go to a Luau this trip. It’s been probably 10 years since I’ve been to one. I love all these captures, especially the one where it looks like the guy is holding fire.

    • Randy -

      December 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Thanks Christy! That’s one of my favorites too.

      This was my first luau and I’d definitely like to check out others. I just think it’s a really fun way to spend an evening.

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures -

    December 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Wow what gorgeous pictures!!!! I have been to a couple and loved my time there!

    • Randy -

      December 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      @Andi of My Beautiful Adventures, Thanks Andi! Beth did a really great job of capturing the spirit of the evening. Definitely looking forward to our next luau.

  • Jennifer -

    December 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    We’ve been to this very same luau on our visit to Maui in 2005! And one of my college roommates, who is from Maui, worked as a hula dancer at this luau. Glad to see it is still fantastic!

    • Randy -

      December 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      @Jennifer, Oh wow, what a coincidence. 🙂 Well, I’m happy to report that it is still going strong!

  • Christina -

    December 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    We actually stayed at the Royal Lahaina last time we were in Maui – we loved it! The entire inside was completely renovated and it’s really nice.

    • Bethany -

      December 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Hi Christina – thanks for commenting. That’s so great you stayed at the same place! We loved it too! We’ll have a review of it coming up soon. The location was simply stellar!

  • Amanda -

    December 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Awesome shots! I even see a Maori warrior in there, which always makes me happy. 🙂

    • Bethany -

      December 12, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks Amanda – it was a pretty cool experience and I was glad I got to take photos. 🙂

  • Dariece – Goats On The Road -

    December 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    We’ve never been to Hawaii but it’s definitely on the bucket list! These photos are great and definitely makes us want to get there asap. Oh, and the coconut pudding sounds fantastic!

    Thanks for the article.

    Goats On The Road

    • Randy -

      December 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      @Dariece – Goats On The Road, Hawaii is a wonderful of place and definitely worthy of being on a bucket list. This was my first time to the islands and I can’t wait to get back. As for the coconut pudding, it tastes as good as it sounds! 🙂

  • Nate @ House of Annie -

    December 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Great pics! The Royal Lahaina Luau is one of the best.

    BTW, it’s “kalua pig” that’s cooked in the imu. Good stuff.

    • Bethany -

      December 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks for the photo compliments and for the foodie info. 🙂

  • Craig from ADayTrip -

    December 11, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I keep seeing so many fantastic Hawaii blog posts, I think it’s a sign that I must visit ASAP. Awesome photos!

  • Christian -

    December 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    That opening line is amazing! As are the photos. 🙂

  • JRinAsia -

    December 20, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Hey! I’ve been away from Hawaii for almost three years now, thanks for bringing me home , even if it was just for a moment. Too be honest, Ive never been to one of these luaus, haha…but growing we’d have our own traditional luaus on the beach all the time, for graduations, anniversary parties and just to welcome guests! I go home for a visit in May, I hope my family throws me a luau then!

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