The Grand Wailea Lu‘au, or more poetically named Grand Lu‘au at Honua‘ula, takes its inspiration from Hawaiian myth as well as history. The show dramatizes the documented voyages of La‘amaikahiki and Moikeha, who settled on this area of Maui called Honua‘ula.
Chants and hula also call on fire goddess Pele, Lilinoe of the mists and Maui mermaid Kananaka. Entertainers share the love story of Naulu and Kanaloa. And like most luau entertainment, this one ends with a fire dancer, among the best on Maui from some sources.
Crafts people demonstrate on the grounds before the program starts. There are Hawaiian games for children. The blowing of a conch shell beckons everyone to the pan-Asian buffet of sauteed island fish, kalua pig, rolls with macadamia nut butter, poi, Maui cattle grilled steak, and Moloka‘i sweet potato glazed with guava syrup.
The setting overlooking the ocean is gorgeous, but be sure to bring sunglasses. You’ll be looking into the setting sun.
Hawaii magazine calls this South Maui’s best luau.