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“Family Trip to Maui”

Wailele Polynesian Luau
Ranked #7 of 17 Concerts & Shows in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: At Wailele Polynesian Luau dinner show, guests will embark on an exciting journey to the Polynesian Islands where dance was considered not just as a form of entertainment, but as a means of telling stories. Recognized for providing an award-winning experience, the luau is held oceanfront at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa and features dances and songs from old and modern Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand (Maori), Tonga and Samoa. Highlights include the story of Pele (Goddess of Fire), Hi'ilave Hula Awana dedicated to Wailele (meaning waterfalls) and Maui's most extreme fire knife dance finale called "Siva Afi". The unforgettable evening of fun, culture and entertainment is complemented by a traditional dinner served buffer style and selection of beverages.
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

The luau is small and intimate. There is interaction between the performers and audience. My husband would like to have had more upbeat drumming. The story of all the islands is nice. Even our picky 11-year old liked the food.

Thank Afconrad22
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"westin maui resort"
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"shell lei"
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"buffet style"
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"buffet line"
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"memorable night"
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"priority seating"
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"front row"
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"table service"
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"food was great"
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"local vendors"
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"first row"
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"mixed drinks"
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We paid for premium seating that allows you to get in first and sit closer to the stage. Also allows you to go to buffet first but probably not worth the extra $20/person. It was cooler at rear tables and they are all close to the stage so not that great of an upgrade.

The show was fun and lighthearted with fantastic dancing and costumes. The fire dancers were terrific and the guy climbing the tree was like a monkey.

Buffet was good but it's a buffet after all. Chicken and pork were standouts. Deserts were good. Westin food so very good but not outstanding

Staff was attentive and wanted you to have a good night. They kept the drinks coming and cleared the table promptly.

Our 10 year old son enjoyed it as much as our 80 year old grandmother. If you are seeking to experience a Hawaiian luau and are staying at Kaanapali, this is an excellent choice.

1  Thank Dave W
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

My wife and I prepurchased our tickets to his event in advance, as I had heard that it fills up fast! I had also read that this Luau was one of the best in both the show and the food. It did not disappoint--with either! This Luau is held at the Aloha Pavilion at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Kaanapali Beach (not actually held on the beach). The settling is beautiful, and the attendance is kept low. There are two types of admission: General, and Premium. Due to the attendance kept at a lower number, it was mentioned that this was one Luau that did not have any "bad seats"; therefore, premium seating was not really necessary. We did buy the Premium seating for this event, and bought early. Those that do buy Premium seating are admitted fifteen minutes earlier than general admission; and we were seated at reserved front row tables--also, these were the tables that went to the buffet food area first. It was correctly stated that there really are no bad seats. Even the back row of tables are not that far back. The food was traditional Hawaiian Luau food, buffet style--chicken, fish (so good), and so on; but we found it to be very, very good!! And the show--our opinion--"Absolutely Fantastic". Beautiful Polynesian costume, great performances, added humor, and the final Fire Dance was awesome. When we left, we knew that we had just attended an amazing show. When you arrive, there is an area set up where pictures are taken for you to purchase. No pressure, but very nice pictures. There are also some local vendors there for you to purchase souvenirs. There are also servers that attend to all of the tables, and will keep the beverages coming, which are also very good.

1  Thank mike6410
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We paid extra for premium seating which I think really just allowed us in earlier and with a reserved seat, not sure I would bother with that. Cocktails on arrival and our server kept the drinks coming. The buffet was very good, every aspect of it and Ian normally not a fan of buffets. The fish and chicken were both superb. The entertainment was great, the MC fun and entertaining. The highlight was the fire dancers - spectacular. A fun evening that I would do again.

Thank camerlyn
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Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

The show is absolutely amazing. Beware that this Luau is Polynesian, which means it's not a traditional Hawaiian Luau. Nevertheless, the show is amazing, from the fire dancers to all the other exhibitions. The only problem I had was the food, which is not so good and definitely not lavish as described. You basically have 45 minutes to stuff your plate from the buffet, after that it closes. In short, we almost left hungry, which is a bad sign for a buffet. It is open bar and the cocktails are good. I can only hope that most of the money for the ticket goes to the staff and artists, and not to the hotel for the buffet.

Thank matteoquattro
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