Aloha! I know that there are threads about which Luaus are best, and I have read them, but my question is a bit different....We will be returning to Maui for our umpteenth visit March 31 through April 8th. However, we are bringing our children for their first ever visit (twins who are 5, and a 2 year old) and my mom, who will be 69 in May, for what is also her first and 'dream of a lifetime' visit.
We have never done a luau on any of our visits, preferring instead to seek out great local restaurants, catch hula shows at Whaler's village or the Cannery Mall and other spots, etc. This time, though, given that this might be my mom's only trip to Hawaii, it sort of feels like we 'should' take her to one. But, when I priced out places like the Old Lahaina Luau, I was stunned to realize that it would be a $500 night for all of us to go, and the two year old is free! Now, our kids are all extremely well behaved and would eat what is offered and would love the show. But, there is NO WAY they will eat $78 dollars worth of food. So, I am struggling to justify the cost, even for what might be my mom's one and only shot...
So, are there more economical ways to see a Luau? (Coupons? Discounts?) I know that there are less expensive ones, but the ratings I have seen haven't given me a lot of confidence. And, again, should we consider this a 'must go' on our trip? I welcome any and all opinions.
We are staying near Ka'anapali for the whole trip, and we will have a vehicle. Mahalo!