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Review of Old Lahaina Luau

Old Lahaina Luau
Ranked #3 of 17 Concerts & Shows in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Old Lahaina Luau takes great pride in presenting an authentic Hawaiian Luau. An evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music, cultural dances and demonstrations. Guests will appreciate a genuine reflection of Hawaii's rich history while enjoying an ocean view and sunset.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Reviewed October 12, 2004

We drove to Lahaina for this event that seems to get such rave reviews. We thought it would be first-class. But upon arriving, there were so many people, we felt like cattle. Our seat was too far from the stage, the drinks were so bad I just had juice and the food wasn't so good. For $82 a person we got a cut of steak that they use for beef jerky and the fish looked a little old. There were other dishes but it was not as extensive as we had hoped. Basically it was chinchy. I felt like a teenager on spring break at a bad all-inclusive hotel. The entertainment was interesting, but I couldn't see much. At the end of the night as we drove back to Wailea, we felt jipped and wished we had spent the money at a nice restaurant.

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Reviewed September 16, 2004

This was simply the best start to any vacation. The facilities are great, the food is great and the entertainment is even better. Don't waste your time on other Luau's, they are not worth it!!

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Reviewed June 24, 2004

The Old Lahaina Luau was wonderful. First, you are greeted with a Mai Tai (non-alcholic, or alcoholic) and walked to your seat. You are seated with the people you came with and any extra seats are filled with people from the same area you are from. We are from the south and we were seated with other people from the south. It really makes it a lot more fun because you have something in common with the strangers (by the end of the night we were old friends) you are sitting with. The employees are wonderful, you can tell they love their job and do everything to make sure you have a great time. The open bar was great- almost anything you want. Food was good, you are so caught up in the atmosphere you barely even care about what you are eating. After the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen (at least it was for us) you are treated to the great show. The hula dancers are beautiful and amazing! The music is incredible. They sell crafts and cd's- We ended up buying the IZ cd, so we could be brought back to the happy place anytime. Also- make sure you have cash to tip your waiter or waitress- they will get you drinks all night if you do not want to go to the bar. We definitely recommend this luau. We already decided when we go back to Maui we will go to the luau again. Oh- go at the beginning of your trip so that you will have the "aloha spirit" for the rest of your trip, plus if you get rained out you can reschedule.

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Reviewed June 7, 2004

We enjoyed this Luau experience tremendously. We felt like we got the full cultural experience of the luau and the island's history. Service was great and the atmosphere was right on target. The music was very authenic and inspiring. The dancers are very talented show an attitude of entertaining the crowd.The food was good, but that is not why we went, We went for the experience. A beautiful rainbow apppeared just before a gorious sunset. There are "vendors" that show the art of the island and have wares for sale. So be prepared to purchase things of your liking. We bought a video for $10.00 to be able to repeat the experience at our leisure. We got a chance to watch a parital show of the Marriott. It was awful don['t waste your time. It was on the lines of a comedy show.
Warning we made our reservations 6 months in advance. A little steep but worth it. Don't forget your camera.

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Reviewed May 28, 2004

My wife and I booked two months in advance for Saturday May 15!!!!
We got there just as the rain started to fall. Long story short we were reschuduled for Wednesday May 19 after a big hassle of so many people trying to reschedule or get a refund.

We got there in plenty of time on Wednesday and as we were standing in line to get in a little girl came up from behind us and stepped on my wife's foot. The girl never said sorry and the girls mother never said anything. I only bring this up because the whole vacation in Hawaii we only had problems from people from "The Mainland" , The Hawaiian people were super nice to us. Enough said.

The grounds at the Old Lahaina Luau were absolutly beautiful. We enjoyed walking around looking at everyting while we listened to Hawaiian music being played by the band.
We could not get a clear view of them unearthing to Luau pig ,too many people gathered around. So we went back to our table and drank another Lava Flow while just taking it all in. A server brought a salad to us along with bread.

Before you know it it was time to eat , the server came to each table one at a time in order to keep the buffett from being too crowded. We both got a big variety food but I got two filets of Mahi-Mahi and filled up on that. The food was good and we got full alright. After dinner the sever brought us coffee and a tray of desert to share.

Then the show started and all I can say is WOW ,I mean Wow it was just great !!!! This was the very first Luau that my wife and I had ever been to and we really enjoyed it. One thing to mention is that durring the show the show lights attract bugs. At our table right next to my wife a woman had a praying mantis land in her hair!!!! She screamed pretty loud and scared everybody, especially the kids.

All in all we had a great experience at the Old Lahaina Luau!!!! We would recomend it and we would go back to the Old Lahaina Luau!!!!

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