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Luaus on Maui

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Luaus on Maui

There will be 9 of us (ages 71, 51, 46, 44, 43, 19, 19, 17, and 16) in Hawaii later in July and we are planning to attend a luau on July 28. We originally reserved the Sheraton luau because we waited a while to schedule and others were booked. The Old Lahaina Luau called back today and got us a spot off the waitlist, so we're now signed up for two. I would appreciate any suggestions you have as to which we should attend and which we should cancel. If you have any other Oahu/Maui tips, I'd appreciate those too!

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1. Re: Luaus on Maui

Here's my follow up to your second question on your first thread:

OLL doesn't have fire dancing, and focuses more on history of the different Polynesian and Hawaiian islands than some teens like. Others do great and think it's perfect. It depends on the kids and their expectations, IMO. Some adults also find OLL too much history and not enough cheeze factor, LOL.

If you want to see what is widely considered the best commercial luau in Hawaii, do the OLL. Just know what it is and isn't! If the consensus of all your group is for a faster paced show with fire dancing, consider the Hyatt's Drums of the Pacific instead of the Sheraton.

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Again, I agree with swmarket. I honestly don't recall a single positive statement about the luau at the Sheraton Maui. The Resort itself is wonderful ... but their luau isn't. On the other hand, Hyatt's luau is very popular - and does get positive comments from some of our most trusted contributors.

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Do not do the Sheraton luau. It was the only disappointment of my honeymoon.

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4. Re: Luaus on Maui

Drop the Sheraton Luau.

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Your crew will be treated like family at the OLL -- always great to go with a larger group, as they really do an excellent job with service and ensuring your crew are smiling all evening. Should you elect to stick with the OLL, I believe all in your party are in for a real treat! :)

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The OLL and the Sheraton are the only two luaus I have done on Maui. If you can get the OLL, do it! You won't regret it. Sheraton is CHEESY, beyond words. I was trying to save money, with our three teens by attending the Sheraton. Never again!

I just realized I answered your same question on the Hawaii forum! Sorry!

Edited: 05 July 2014, 16:53
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7. Re: Luaus on Maui

I too vote for the Old Lahaina Luau. We took two 14 year old boys, they had a great time!! The Drums of the Pacific at the Hyatt would be my second choice.

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A great thin about OLL is that it really provides an entertaining history of the Islands. You really can't go wrong with this -- we've been when our girls were early teens and again when they were in mid-twenties. never gets old.

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9. Re: Luaus on Maui

We loved our time at The Feast @ Lele. :).

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10. Re: Luaus on Maui

No offense, but try to remember when you were a teenager: Would you have wanted to sit through two luaus(let alone one!) during a vacation? Maybe the least interested luau adult can keep an eye on them if that is an issue(In this situation, that would be me!). Might be a good opportunity for the adults to cut loose a little bit sans teens...