If you are seeking a fun and tasty evening for the whole family, Wailele Polynesian Luau is featured Tuesdays and Thursdays oceanfront at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.
The two-and-a-half-hour performance includes a lively fire-knife dance with Maui's only five-member troupe, a sit-down dinner served family style on lazy Susans and a host of beverages.
Located at the Westin's Aloha Pavilion right on Kaanapali Beach, Wailele brings traditional and authentic dances, songs and colorful costumes to visitors and residents alike. Here, guests will embark on a vibrant journey to the various Polynesian islands where dance and song are considered not just a form of entertainment, but a means of telling stories.
Three of the many performers of the Wailele Polynesian Luau and Dinner Show at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali include Ariana Tenari (from left), Tavita Taueetia and Karen Lum Ho.
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"Lush tropical greenery, soothing sounds of waterfalls and breathtaking sunsets all form the perfect backdrop for an evening of entertainment complemented by a delicious Hawaiian meal in an elegant setting," says Sumithra Balraj, the Westin's director of public relations.
Executive Chef Bart Umidi and his team of chefs have created a four-course dinner that is presented family style, just like in the olden days. There is a free flow of drinks and cocktails such as mai tais, Blue Hawaiians, the signature Westin Sunsets, red and white wines, Tahitian and other beers, sodas and fruit juices."
Before you sit down to eat and watch the show, you may check out the crafters with interactive arts for you to participate in and enjoy - allowing you learn more about the Polynesian way of life.
"We just started this luau recently and it's getting good recognition," says Chef Umidi. "It's a quality statement with the production and the food."
So after you sip your welcome drink upon arrival, get lei'd with fresh flowers, have your photo taken with dancers, partake in the interactivie cultural activites, watch the tiki torches being lit and the conch shell being blown, it's time to sit down for the show and the food.
The first course of pupu includes ahi poke with limu, lomolomi salmon, pipi kaula, dried mango and taro chips. Watch Tahitian and Hawaiian dance and hear kahiko chants as you settle in.
The second course is a fresh salad of Haiku greens, Kamuela tomatoes, Kula onions and hearts of palm, served with Tahitian-lime dressing and taro rolls and butter. Enjoy the Tongan, Maori and Samoan dances during this portion.
The entrees are taro-leaf-wrapped seared island fish in ginger butter; kalua pork and cabbage; poi; fire-roasted teriyaki beef; and Molokai sweet potato with coconut. Fijian war dances and the Blue Hawaii solo dance are performed here.
Desserts include haupia, macadamia-nut tartlet, Kona chocolate cake, pineapple and caramel cake and more. "Hawaiian Wedding Song" and the Samoan fire-knife dance are the finales. Cost includes dinner, drinks and show. The prices range from $105 adults for the regular seating to $120 for premier seats. Children ages 5 to 12 are discounted. Those younger are free.
For reservations, call 661-2992.