It sure beats having to drive 40 minutes to Kaanapali for a luau! We were staying in Kihei and it was VERY nice to be only 7 minutes from the Marriott Wailea.
I hadn't even considered Te Au Moana Luau until an on site Expedia agent had told me about the luau at the Marriott and how it was the "sister luau" to the one at the Hyatt in Kaanapali (ie. same production company). I had heard great things about the Hyatt's luau so decided to go with the one at the Marriott. I am sure glad we did!
Unfortunately, it rained the afternoon of the luau so everything had to be moved indoors to a ballroom. But even with that, the entertainment was really good and the food was way better than expected (I had heard not to expect much with luau food). Drinks were decent and not watered down like I had read about other luaus. They even had non alcoholic "lava" drinks for our teenagers, which was a treat for them.
The fire dancer was the biggest hit! All the other dancers were very good too. Live band supplied the music.
We paid extra for the preferred seating...which gets you to the buffet first and gives you reserved seating within 2 rows of the stage. A bit pricey but we figured we'd "go for it",
Be warned...teenagers are the same price as adults at the Marriott. At the Hyatt they have a teen rate.
But if you think about it...paying the extra is worth it to have a really good luau close by if you are staying on the South Shore of Maui. Close enough that you could take a taxi home without it costing you and arm and a leg. Parking is free if you take your own car.
Now it would have been fantastic if the luau was outdoors with the ocean as the back drop...but hey what can you do about Mother Nature?...the weather is what it is.
Even my husband (who doesn't like the touristy stuff) had a great time and enjoyed the evening.
The Marriott had a roof top where we got some wonderful pictures at sunset.
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