Maui Luaus

Te Au Moana Luau (Ocean Tide Luau)

(South Maui: Kihei, Wailea, Makena)

Trip temporarily suspended. Te Au Moana’s oceanside setting takes center stage, with spectacular sunset views. Wahine (women) and kane (men) are welcomed with a fresh flower lei, scoring high points in my, Snorkel Bob’s book for respecting the reefs and dispensing with shell lei found at other luau. Mai tais and open bar bring a relaxing close to another day in paradise. Tribal henna tattoos, craft making, and traditional wood carvings precede the Imu ceremony (unearthing of the pig). This is an Hawaiian buffet, with local favorites like shoyu chicken, kalua pork, steak, molokai sweet potatoes, tropical fruit, salads, haupia, coconut shortbread, carrot cake, pineapple upside down cake, brownies, and much more, including gluten-free options. My, SB’s, south Maui snorkel consultants rave about the Polynesian show, which culminates in a fireknife dance. Island hospitality, excellent local style food & oceanside setting makes this 1 popular.

Luau is Mon., Thurs., Fri. & Sat.
Advance reservations are always recommended, especially during busy season.

Seating times change seasonally, but the action usually goes from 5 to 8 or 8:30 PM (check-in 30 minutes prior to show).

Adults $144.79
Child (6-12) $88.54
5 & under FREE

Wailea Marriott Resort, about 2 minutes from my, Snorkel Bob’s, Wailea store, 10 minutes from the south Kihei Snorkeldome & 15 minutes from north Kihei.

Feast at Lele

(West Maui: Lahaina, Kaanapali, Napili, Kapalua)

Trip temporarily suspended. The evening begins with a fresh flower lei greeting & possibly the best mai tai in all Hawaii. The Lahaina beach setting allows optimal views of the manta rays & surfers frolicking in the bay at sunset. This is a sit-down, 5-course dinner at your private table featuring Hawaiian, New Zealand, Tahitian & Samoan cuisine, then dessert. Each course is accompanied by Polynesian entertainment from the featured island, including the famous fireknife dance. Vegetarian courses are available with 48 hour advance notice. The open bar includes tropical cocktails with umbrellas, mixed drinks, beers, and wines, but you won’t lift a finger with tableside service.

Advance reservations are recommended here too. The Feast generally books up a couple of weeks out during holidays, spring break & summer.

6:30 to 9:30 PM MAY 1ST-AUGUST 31ST
6:00 to 9:00 PM SEPTEMBER
5:30 to 8:30 PM OCTOBER 1ST-JANUARY 31ST

Adult $140.62
Child (3-12) $98.96
For groups of 10 or more, a 15% gratuity is included in the price.
Does not qualify for SB Special $5 OFF per FAL policy

505 Front Street, in Lahaina, about 5 minutes from me, Snorkel Bob.

Did I, Snorkel Bob, tell you the feast is prepared by Chef James McDonald? Here’s a sampler from each of the courses.
1st Course, Hawaii: Imu roasted Kalua pig; hearts of palm & pahole shoots salad; island fish with mango sauce, fruit salsa & poi.
2nd Course, New Zealand: Shrimp & scallops, sprouts & carrots with poha berry dressing; duck salad; and roasted mushrooms, potato & onion in soy & garlic sauté.
3rd Course, Tahiti: This is one of my, Snorkel Bob’s, favorite places to snorkel, besides Hawaii, mais oui! Chicken in taro steamed with coconut milk, lemongrass & ginger; Poisson Cru (raw fish marinated in lime, coconut milk & more); and baked scallops with sweet potato & spinach in a lobster sauce.
4th Course, Samoa: Grilled steak marinated in soy, ginger & guava glaze; breadfruit & squash with coconut cream; and shrimp, avocado & fresh fruit with lilikoi dressing.
5th Course, Dessert: Carmel macadamia nut tart with haupia (coconut) pudding, chocolate truffles & tropical fruits. Juice, soda, coffee & tea too.

Maui Nui Luau

(West Maui: Lahaina, Kaanapali, Napili, Kapalua)

Temporarily discontinued. Maui Nui was the name for one island consisting of Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe & Maui, later separated by water. Maui Nui Luau is a Polynesian luau with a flower lei greeting, open bar, traditional games, crafts, informal hula (pre-show), Imu ceremony, luau feast, and a Polynesian show. The luau kicks off with a torch lighting and cliff diving ceremony at sunset, then a traditional Imu ceremony (unearthing of the pig from the ground). The luau feast is buffet style, seating is “aloha” style (shared table with other guests). If it’s fire-knife dancing you’re after, you won’t be disappointed. The Polynesian show by Tihati is one of my, Snorkel Bob’s, most favorite luau performances.

The luau goes Monday & Wednesday.


Advance reservations are highly recommended in summertime.

5:30 to 8:30 PM


Adult $125
Child (6-12) $75
Under 5 FREE if seated on lap

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali, Maui



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