From the opening sound of the conch and the beating of the drums to the fireknife dances and the elaborate buffet, Drums of the Pacific Lu'au will enchant and entertain your entire family.
Situated oceanfront at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Kaanapali, it's the longest running Polynesian luau on Maui. But it just recently underwent upgrades and celebrated its grand reopening.
"We are proud to unveil these exciting updates to our beloved luau and present to guests the renovations that we have been working diligently to finalize," says Allan Farwell, who took over as general manager of the resort when Michael Jokovich went on to be area vice president of Hyatt hotels in Northern California.
Hyatt employees dress in native attire to dig the underground oven or “imu,” which cooks kalua pork to tender doneness as part of the all-you-can-eat buffet. Those who attend also get an open bar and are treated to the lavish dessert display.
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Jokovich oversaw the initial $12 million of property updates, which also included the Japengo restaurant and the guest rooms; and Farwell has enhanced the overall experience with the upgraded luau.
"With these refreshments, guests will continue to be inspired and welcomed by the magic of the Polynesian culture, and Drums of the Pacific will continue to thrive as the most exciting luau on Maui," says Farwell.
Upon arrival, you are greeted with shell lei and mai tais or fruit punch. Walk around and listen to Hawaiian music, view arts and crafts demos, and watch the torch lighting ceremony. Then take a seat and enjoy the Polynesian fashion show, featuring pareaus (sarongs) in creative styles.
The all-you-can-eat buffet was created by Executive Chef Greg Grohowski and his expert culinary crew.
Sink your teeth into kalua pork from the imu (underground oven), along with huli huli chicken, grilled fish, fried rice, vegetables Makamaka, a rainbow (anuenue) of tropical fruits, soba noodles, lomilomi salmon, fresh Pacific ahi poke, tossed salad and poi (taro). The latter may be an acquired taste, but do give it a try. You'll never have bragging rights unless you do.
The lavish dessert bar features mac-nut luau cream pie, haupia (coconut pudding) with toasted coconut, pineapple cake and bread pudding. It's a tasty Hawaiian luau feast served throughout the first half of the show. You may also indulge in an open bar with beer, wine, mixed cocktails, mai tais, and fruit punch.
Cost for general seating is $95 for adults; and $65 for ages 6 to 12. For reservations, call the Hyatt at 667-4727.