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“Bad seats spoilt Luau” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Drums of the Pacific Lu'au

Drums of the Pacific Lu'au
200 Nohea Kai Dr, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
+1 808-661-1234
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Ranked #81 of 164 Activities in Lahaina
Type: Dinner Theaters, Performances
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Owner description: Experience exciting lu'au entertainment right at our Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. The sound of the conch, the beating of the drums, and the echoes of the Hawaiian chant signal the start of Hawaii's most exciting Lu'au. "Drums of the Pacific" Polynesian Spectacular takes you on a journey through the islands of Polynesia, complete with a traditional imu ceremony and the exotic flavors of native Hawaiian cuisine. We feature authentic dances and music of the old Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, Tonga, and Rarotonga in the hottest Lu'au Show in the Islands. See a preview of our lu'au here. Our Drums of the Pacific adventure includes:•Greeting with a shell lei and fresh mai tais or fruit punch for each guest •A delightful performance of Hawaiian music •Traditional arts and crafts demonstrations •Impressive torch lighting ceremony •Authentic imu ceremony - the unveiling of the main dish, Kalua Pua'a. •Friendly greetings by Royal Polynesians, followed by a Polynesian fashion show featuring the islands most exotic pareaus (sarong) in creative styles. •An all-you-can-eat generous buffet including Kalua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Grilled Fish, Polynesian Rice, Vegetables Makamaka, Tropical Fruits Anuenue, Soba Noodles, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pacific Ahi Poke, Tossed Green Salad, and Poi (taro). •Lavish dessert bar featuring Macadamia Nut Lu'au Cream Pie, Haupia with Toasted Coconut, Pineapple Cake and Bread Pudding. It's a great Hawaiian Lu'au Feast served throughout the first half of the show. •Open bar featuring beer, wine, mixed cocktails, mai tais, and fruit punch. Join us for an unforgettable experience on your vacation. We'll see you there. ALOHA!!!
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“Bad seats spoilt Luau”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

On our last day in Maui my husband and I felt we should go to a Luau to experience Polynesian culture and cuisine. As we were staying at the Hyatt Regency we chose their "Drums of the Pacific Luau" and visited the Expedia run office in the resort to book seats for that evening. The sales rep was obviously trained to up-sell the packages i.e. enthusing about the benefits of being in the front row/best seats (most expensive) or preferred seating/second row (slightly less expensive) with the added bonus of being the first tables to be called to the buffet. We would happily have accepted her recommendation, but unfortunately, all these seats were booked. However, not wishing to lose a sale, the rep then waxed lyrical about general admission seating, assuring us that "there wasn't a bad seat in the house" and that she herself actually preferred sitting at the back!!! So with her guarantee of good seats, we booked.
You can imagine therefore how our hearts sank when we arrived at the venue to find our table was one of three stuck in a corner, at the very back of the venue, with an aisle separating our tables from the main seating area. It was a very isolated position and obviously set up to cater for late bookings and to grab the cash!! To be fair, you could see the stage, but it was a long way away and you did not feel part of the atmosphere. (When full this venue holds 400 customers). There was a long wait before our table was called to the buffet, but we had been warned about this. And whilst the food was still plentiful, the hot food was no longer hot, and being last all the dishes looked picked over and less appetising. The overall selection of dishes was okay, and we were pleased to be able to sample Hawaiian cuisine. It is advertised as an "all you can eat buffet" but from what we could see, there was not time to do this, as the staff stopped serving drinks before the show started and the buffet was also cleared away. The 'open bar' constituted very weak/watery cocktails, beer and pretty ordinary white or red wine.
We might have enjoyed the show more, but felt we had been ripped off and the whole experience certainly did not live up to the brochure claim of "definitely a must-do Hawaiian adventure" where "the excitement never misses a beat". We thought it was all very touristy and not worth the money.
Because our experience was disappointing, do please check other Trip Advisor reports and just be cautious when booking. CHECK WHERE YOU WILL BE SEATED before parting with your dollars! We've heard there are better shows on the Island.

Visited March 2013
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Greeley, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

While parts of the show were neat, overall it seemed way too fake. The food was decent but the show is 109 dollars a person and is totally not worth it. While the dancers are great the setting is not and its just too "Vegas show"... Travelers want authenticity not a host who wants to be a newscaster, which was what it seemed like. Go to the old town luau...way better

Visited March 2013
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“Great food and very "touristy" show”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The best part of this experience is the massive buffet. You do get to eat a traditionally roasted pig and there is an excellent Maui Onion salad. We also got to try poi which is best when combined with the pork. It needs a food combination to taste good. All of the choices on the buffet were good choices. The show is interesting and full of Hawaiian culture. However, it does not come close to the Polynesian Cultural Center experience on Oahu. All of the performers are very talented, but the show itself is clearly directed at the tourists. If you go, stick with the included Mai Tais. They were the best drink choice for me.

Visited January 2013
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Kotzebue, Alaska
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“Fun, authentic, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This was my first luau and it was a great experience. The food was great, the drinks were flowing, and the staff were very friendly. The dancers were entertaining and musicians were very talented. I would recommend it if you're staying in West Maui.

Visited February 2013
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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“A great show!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Even though I didn't stay at the Hyatt, my friends got passes thanks to a local. The food was outstanding and delicious. The emcee, Tiara, was so warm, welcoming, knowledgeable, and talented. We got to meet her. She keep the show upbeat and moving. The cast of dancers were talented, pulchritudinous, and riveting. We got to take photos with them. The show takes you through the different styles of dance across the South Pacific. The house band, I think the name was Tahati, were completely stellar. The hula lesson onstage was a hoot. The waitstaff was friendly. Our server, Joe, was great! They also had artisans with tables to purchase souvenirs. It was a must see in my opinion.

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