The Wailea Beach Marriott lu‘au bears the poetic name, Te Au Moana, the ocean tide. It fits like a pareo. An ocean expanse, painted with the sunset, forms its backdrop. It’s set on the Wailea Beaches most prominent point. The program and menu are similar to other Maui lu‘aus, but the setting rates AAA. Bring your sunglasses for the brilliant sun.
In keeping with the theme, you’ll have the choice of a carved fish hook pendant or fresh flower lei on arrival. Polynesian crafters and storytellers will entertain you before the program starts.
Some of the hula and music brings to life the demi-god Maui. Other numbers focus on legends from other parts of Polynesia. Expect graceful hula and a dramatic ending, a firedance. Before the evening is over, you’ll get a chance to dance, probably under the stars. This is a Tihati production, from Hawai‘i’s longest-running entertainment company.
The buffet covers the classics, with kalua pig from the imu, poi, island fish with macadamia nut butter and lomi lomi salad. Meat and potato lovers might choose the teriyaki steak or shoyu chicken and sweet potatoes.