It’s hard to top the spectacle that begins Sheraton Maui Lu‘au. Bearing a flaming torch, a runner lights the tikis on the Sheraton grounds and then, barefoot, strides up Black Rock. He lights a final torch, then plunges into the ocean. The crowd sits awestruck, and then the luau begins.
Throughout the dinner and show, Black Rock, or Pu‘u Keka‘a, become darker and darker against the sunset skies.
A Tihati production, the entertainment pays tribute to the demi-god Maui, and to the islands making up Maui Nui. But don’t worry, you won’t miss the exciting dances of Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa. They’re part of the program. Polynesian crafts, games and story-telling precede the start of the performance.
In addition to traditional imu-baked pig, poi, fruit and green salad, the copious lu‘au buffet has mahi mahi with macadamia nuts and capers and the local favorite, potato-macaroni salad.