Being the hub of the resort region, Wailea has a lot of activities available for guests to participate in. One of the most popular ones of these activities are the Luaus in Wailea. The location of Wailea lends to the success of these luaus. Having a feast and being able to see beautiful views of the expansive Pacific Ocean. Luaus used to be very different a long time ago. Back then men and women were not allowed to eat together and people weren’t allowed to eat food that was served in luaus. The modern luaus that we know of today came into being thanks to a certain man. King Kamehameha II broke the taboos surrounding luaus in 1819 when he had a luau and he invited men and women to eat together. This became the start of the modern luaus. When Hawaii became a major tourist destination tour operators and hotels organized commercialized luaus for their guests.

Luaus usually consist of entertainment like Hawaiian dances and songs. There are others that provide entertainment from the different cultures of Polynesia. These include performances from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and New Zealand. The dishes served during a Luau vary but there are some that are more common than the others. There’s Poi which is pounded taro roots which are meant to be eaten with everything. Kalua Pig is pork prepared in imu’s or underground oven and shredded. Poke is raw fish sliced into small pieces and garnished with Shoyu(Soy Sauce), green onions, kukui nut, and limu(seaweed). They also have activities before the start of the ceremony. These activities usually give guests a taste of early Hawaiian life.

Here is a list of the different options for Luaus in Wailea.


Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.

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