A luau is a Hawaiian hula dancing show with Hawaiian dinner and drinks. The usual menu of a luau generally includes kalua pork (tender shredded pork baked for hours in an oven in the ground), mahi-mahi (baked or grilled fish), lomi salmon (chopped cured-smoked salmon with tomatoes and onions), salads, fruit, taro rolls or breads, usually teriyaki beef and/or chicken, poi, plus dessert (often including haupia, a Hawaiian coconut pudding).
You will watch the traditional skills of the Hawaiians coming into play in the performances of the hula. With a belly full of food, you can settle down under the stars while you listen to live music, sipping your favorite cocktail or Hawaiian drinks such as mai tais. Some Hawaiian luaus showcase dances from across Polynesia as well, like the frenetic Tahitian dance and the thrilling Samoan fire-knife dance. All across the island, you will pay one flat price and you will get an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, a stage show with hula dancers, singers and Hawaiian music.
If you want to experience an authentic luau first-hand and are wondering when to book a vacation, there is no one best time to visit the island, though January through March tends to be more expensive with regards to lodging and airfare, in part because Hawaii is gorgeous when the rest of the US is frozen.
The advantage of being here January through March is that it's almost certainly going to be warmer than your home in the lower 48 states, and it's the best season for many aquatic activities, such as whale watching. With balmy temperatures and relatively low humidity, your air conditioner will be almost redundant.
But visiting the island during the Spring or Fall months is also a great time to be on Maui, as the weather would likely be perfect and it's the "off" season - to the extent that there is one in Hawaii - so you're more likely to find good deals on airfare and accommodations.
While there are a thousand different options to find accommodation, the Royal Lahaina Resort on Kaanapali Beach is a famous spot for family travel on Maui. Here you can not only rent rooms, but also "go local" and stay at one of Lahaina's cottages situated amid tropical gardens and sprawling oceanfront lawns. Our resort features cottages with one and two bedroom options and cooking facilities to make your family vacation on Kaanapali Beach truly memorable. With island-style appointments throughout the accommodations, and ceiling fans stirring the soft sea breeze, a seaside cottage is a great place to try and cook all the great luau foods that you enjoyed the evening before. The inviting couches and the ambience have a distinctly homey feel of a relative's beachfront hideaway.
To reserve your own unique experience and take part in our daily island feast, visit the Royal Lahaina website and book your Maui family vacation package today!
Royal Lahaina Resort
2780 Kekaa Drive Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761