Monday, January 24, 2011

Best Authentic Luau on Maui - Polynesian Village Luau - Kihei

We have attended many luaus on Maui over the years, but last Sunday we were honoured to partake in the most authentic Polynesian experience we have ever had. As a bonus, the venue is practically on our doorstep here in Kihei.

The Polynesian Village Luau is located at the Aston Maui Lu on South Kihei Road. Billed as "A sustainable and culturally responsible production", this intimate backyard Luau is my choice for the Best Luau on Maui.

First and foremost there was no standing in line with hundreds of people because attendance is limited to 50 - 75 guests. On arrival we were led immediately to our table and then greeted by Samoan Chief "FiaFia" who also was the delightful and comical MC for the whole evening. We were invited to wander around before dinner and take part in the many cultural activities representing the different islands of Polynesia.
Deb and I chose fresh flower Hawaiian lei making while the guys did some spear throwing, and Maori poi ball dancing. For the kids there was a jumpy castle, keiki shave ice and a station where they could colour coconuts.

Maori poi dance from New Zealand

Deb and Dave had fun trying to blow the conch shell, after they were given a quick lesson on how to pucker up their lips and give it all they had. With a bit of beginners luck on hand they both managed to produce a reasonable farewell to the Maui sun as it slipped down behind the palm trees and disappeared.

 Before dinner Chief FiaFia called eveyone over to the fire pit for the IMU (hot earth oven)demonstration. A young volunteer helped with the preparation of the fish, and covering it with the hot coals and banana leaves for the cooking process.

In no time at all we were called for dinner and lined up at the buffet. The great part was that we didn't have to wait for this either. The main courses, prepared Hawaiian BBQ style, included barbequed chicken, garlic opakapaka, barbequed short ribs and of course Kalua pork. These were complemented by other favourite local dishes as well as some yummy desserts. They even had a kikei menu so the kids could have macaroni and cheese and hotdogs if they preferred. Available drinks included tropical smoothies, coconut drinks, iced tea and pog. Even though the village does not yet have a liquor licence they have no problem with you bringing your own refreshments.

After dinner it was time for the show and chief "Fia Fia" started things rolling with the Kava Ceremony, the traditional welcome for guests which was performed in many Polynesian cultures. Next was a special hula called Kahiko, honouring the ancient past of the area. The rest of the show took us on a colourful journey to all the Polynesian islands with live drumming, songs, music and dance.
The grand and exciting finale of the evening was an amazing fire dancer, surely the best we have seen anywhere.

Probably the most impressive thing about The Polynesian Village Luau is that they are dedicated to supporting conservation of the ancient areas surrounding the venue. These include the Ko'ie'ie fishpond, the neigboring island of Kaho'olawe and Kalepolepo (the South Maui Heritage Corridor)

We loved the intimate and family friendly atmosphere of the luau, and will definitely tell everyone we know, about the Best Luau on Maui. For more information visit the website of the Polynesian Village Luau.

If you stay in a Kihei Vacation Rental you will be close to this Luau and many other activities.


  1. This looks really GREAT ... wonderful pics!! If we get there another time we'll have to go.

  2. Is that Palota in those pictures! I've been meaning to go their luau! Looks like you had a fabulous time, i'm looking forward to your posts!

  3. Aloha Aimee
    Thanks for your comment. Yes that is Palota. You really should go. It was a Magical evening.

  4. Aloha Julie,
    Seems you are having a wonderful time on Maui and sharing it on your Maui Vacation Guide with Maui visitors is appreciated by everybody who follows your Maui blog and considers a Maui vacation.

    I had quite some 'catching' up to do with reading your recent Maui posts. I must admit the Christmas post with Santa's arrival and this Maui Luau post are my favorites.

    Your Luau dinner description: Hawaiian BBQ style, included barbequed chicken, garlic opakapaka, barbequed short ribs was quite mouthwatering to Keoki and myself!

    Mahalo and aloha from Pua & Keoki
    Best Hawaii Vacation blog

  5. Hi Pua
    Thankyou for your kind comments. The Luau was a great experience. Maybe you can try it when you get back to Kihei. Hope you are keeping warm.

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