Luaus and Last Minute Activities in Maui

Tourists often travel to Maui so that they may experience authentic Hawaiian culture. Some guests prefer to experience a Hawaiian luau, while others may opt for a mixture of entertainment that combines theatre and hula dancing to explore the story of Hawaiian legends. Some tourists like exploring nature so they lean towards exploring waterfalls or volcano craters instead.
Old Lahaina Luau

The Old Lahaina Luau remains a crowd favorite because it honors Hawaiian heritage and remains true to tradition. After guests are greeted with lei, they may view local artisans or watch the Kalua pig taken from the oven during the imu ceremony. After, they will be treated to a dinner of Hawaiian cuisine, including: roast pork,glazed chicken with guava and pineapples, island sweet potatoes, and fresh fruits such as pineapples and papaya. Hula dancers re-enact the stories of Hawaii.

The Old Lahaina Luau
1251 Front St.
Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
(800) 248-5828
oldlahainaluau.com

Feast at Lele

This luau is often noted as being the most romantic of the Maui luaus because each couple sits at its own private table during the show. Instead of a buffet like many of the other luaus, the Feast at Lele serves its courses tableside. Included in the cost is a full premium bar. For appetizers, guests will munch on sweet chips and a ginger salsa before beginning the Hawaiian first course. Each course features cuisine and entertainment traditional to an island nation, starting with Hawaii. The Hawaiian food includes the traditional roast pig and island fish with mango sauce. Guests can sample mussels and fishcakes from New Zealand, coconut milk chicken from Tahiti and shrimp and avocados from Samoa, all while enjoying entertainment from each region.

Feast at Lele
505 Front S.
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
(866)-244-5333
feastatlele.com

Ulalena at Maui Theatre

Ulalena combines traditional theater with modern dancing, authentic hula and Hawaiian costumes to re-enact the story of some of Hawaii's greatest legends. Throughout the story, Ulalena explores the relationships between the legendary Pele, the goddess of the volcano, Hina, the goddess of the moon, Maui, the trickster god, and Mo'o, the lizard god. Each of these characters assisted others. Standard and VIP seating is available as is the dinner theater option at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.

Maui Theatre
878 Front St.
Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
(877) 688-4800

http://www.mauitheatre.com/html/story.html

Road to Hana

Visitors may enjoy driving the Road to Hana to experience its breathtaking beauty, including overflowing waterfalls, beaches and tropical rain forests. Visitors should start early and pack a picnic lunch, because it takes an entire day to explore the winding road. Stop by the Seven Sacred Pools, about 40 minutes past Hana. The pools were formed by the Pipiwai stream and create several pools and waterfalls when it connects with the ocean, and visitors often enjoy swimming in it when the weather is ideal.

Haleakala National Park

For $10 a car, visitors receive a 3-day pass to explore Haleakala National Park, which houses the Haleakala volcano crater, as well as several freshwater pools, rain forests, and wildlife. Begin the day early by gazing at the sunrise over the crater or stay late to view the stars above the mountains. Visitors may hike by themselves or join a guided tour as they explore different layers of the crater and its surroundings, and should dress accordingly to the weather.

Haleakala National Park
PO Box 369
Makawao HI 96768
(808) 248-7375
nps.gov/hale/

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Laura Nowak is a freelance writer who combines her love of travel and research to write travel articles. She has been published in various print and online publications, including the "Western Herald," where she wrote arts and entertainment articles. Nowak earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in practical writing from Western Michigan University.