Drums of the Pacific Luau in Maui, HI

Hyatt's Drums of the Pacific Luau at Sunset Terrace200 Nohea Kai DriveLahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Overview

Featured at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa on Kaanapali Beach, this exciting luau takes guests on a thrilling Polynesian adventure through an elaborate imu ceremony, traditional arts and crafts demonstrations, a symbolic torch-lighting ceremony, and an exotic Hawaiian buffet feast. Guests of “Drums of the Pacific” Polynesian Spectacular are greeted with shell leis upon arrival and wished farewell with a beautiful Polynesian fashion show.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Lahaina, Maui Travel Experts
  • Located at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort, just steps from Ka’anapali Beach.
  • Bring a camera to capture memories of the gorgeous sunsets on the beach.
  • Traditional arts and crafts demonstrations.
  • Impressive torch lighting ceremony
  • Authentic imu ceremony: the unveiling of the main dish, Kalua Pua'a.
  • All-you-can-eat Hawaiian buffet.
  • Open bar featuring beer, wine, mixed cocktails, mai tais, and more.

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Ashley C.

For a beachfront luau in Maui, you can't beat Drums of the Pacific. The mai tai's are endless, and so is the buffet, while the hospitality makes you feel like you’re not just watching the show but a part of the show!

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Description

from Drums of the Pacific Luau
The sound of the conch, the beating of the drums and the echoes of the Hawaiian chant signal the start of Maui’s most exciting Polynesian Lu’au – Drums of the Pacific. In the authentic Hawaiian tradition, native crafts and customs are demonstrated including the unearthing of the freshly roasted pig from the Imu. A cast of 18 dancers and musicians will perform the songs and dances of their Polynesian ancestors from throughout the South Pacific including a thrilling Fire Knife Dance finale.

Your Drums of the Pacific Adventure Includes:
  • Greeting with a shell lei and fresh mai tais or fruit punch for each guest

  • A delightful performance of Hawaiian music

  • Traditional arts and crafts demonstrations

  • Impressive torch lighting ceremony

  • Authentic imu ceremony - the unveiling of the main dish, Kalua Pua'a.

  • Friendly greetings by Royal Polynesians, followed by a Polynesian fashion show featuring the islands most exotic pareaus (sarong) in creative styles.

  • An all-you-can-eat generous buffet including Kalua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Mahi Mahi, Polynesian Rice, Vegetables Makamaka, Tropical Fruits Anuenue, Soba Noodles, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pacific Ahi Poke, Tossed Green Salad, and Poi (taro).

  • Lavish dessert bar featuring Macadamia Nut Lu'au Cream Pie, Haupia with Toasted Coconut, Pineapple Cake and Bread Pudding. It's a great Hawaiian Lu'au Feast served throughout the first half of the show.

  • Open bar featuring beer, wine, mixed cocktails, mai tais, and fruit punch.


The "All-You-Can-Eat" Luau Menu
  • Salads and Starters: Polynesian Rice, Baked Kula and Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes, Vegetables Makamaka, Tropical Fruit Anuenue, Soba Noodles, Roasted Wedges of Maui Onions, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pacific Ahi Poke, Tossed Green Salad, Kim Chee, and Poi.

  • Entrees: Kalua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Mahi Mahi, and Ulupalakua Beef

  • Desserts: Macadamia Nut Luau Cream Pie, Haupia with Toasted Coconut, Pineapple Cake and Bread Pudding


Drums of the Pacific Show Schedule
Schedule (April-September): 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schedule (October-March): 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tripster Customer Reviews

7 Reviews
Dale Quadros
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"a feast for your eyes"
November 2018
Our group of five did premium seating which was excellent. They are well organized and the performances were exceptional. The MC is light and cheerful. The Hyatt is a beautiful property and you may want to allow extra time to enjoy the setting. The buffet offered a good selection and the food was good.
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Tip: Valet your car, and wear comfortable foot wear, as you wait in line to enter the luau

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Mary Shelton
1 Review
"Awesome"
October 2018
Took our family on vacation. Wanted to experience an island custom. It was awesome. The food, service and show was the best. Highly recommend going. Everything is included in the price. Glad we decided to go. Must see....
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Tip: Recommend reservation and at least 2nd row seating

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Daniel Richard
Houston, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic Luau"
June 2018
This is the first luau we have been to, but it was a great experience. Everything was well organized, the food was great (and very plentiful), and the show was great. Everyone there was having a very good time and servers were very friendly. In talking with others across the table from us, they said that they had attended other Luaus but like this one best because the show covered some of the history of the Polynesian islands and showed dances and stories from each.
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Tip: The Luau is behind the Hotel (Google Maps was misleading). You can park in the main parking lot and walk through the lobby or park in the beach access parking and walk over.

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Daisy Switzer
Grass Valley , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Lines of The Pacific"
June 2018
Although we were an hour early, the line if several hundred guests had only two greeters, thus we missed most of the opening part of the show. The drink ice had melted so a second line for drinks was undertaken. After that, a line for food, then for desert. We noticed several elderly guests with mobility problems for which no help was offered (other guests did step in). The drinks were watery, the food ok, the show might have been nice but I did not see much. For the money, treat yourself to a restraint and watch clips on tv.
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Tip: NOT FOR HANDICAPPED GUESTS

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delaney meyers
peoria, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Must See!"
May 2018
I didn't really know what to expect going into the luau considering that I've never been to one but it was a fantastic experience! All of the performers were beautiful and felt each and every movement! My only complaints were the dessert(wasn't that great), general admission didn't get a lei and the announcer was a little too much (came off as fake)
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Tripster Customer
San Diego , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ripples of Entertainment!"
April 2018
This is a great event for the entire family! From the moment you enter the staff takes great care of you and over 200 people are fed in a process that's like a well oiled machine. I was amazed at the level of professionalism of the staff and the pure enjoyment that my family (4years -55 years old) experienced. The dancers captivated the attention of my 4 year old son which is a challenging task in itself. We are back in San Diego and he still talks about the DRUMS OF THE PACIFIC performance. Yesterday, on his own, got dressed in his button down Hawaiian shirt (he detests any type of button shirts) and Hawaiian shorts, moved his drum set to the backyard (because the performance in Maui was outside of course) and demanded that grandma and grandpa sit for his version on DRUMS of the PACIFIC. I share all this to say, if you have little ones, it will be a memory that will stay with them far past the thrill of the airplane ride, pools, beaches, submarine rides, and road to Hana trips. This is definitely something you have to add to the to do list. The food was great and plentiful! The hotel was absolutely gorgeous! My family loved the table for 8 on the back patio seating area in the general section that is near the bench railing! Perfect for the little ones to see above the rest of the crowd.
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Tip: If you have little ones, sit at the table on the back stage nearest to for railing. Perfect spot!

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Elizabeth W.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
1 Review
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"Drums of the Pacific luau"
March 2018
The show was pretty good, nothing too special though. The food was decent; again nothing to rave about. I think it was be really fun for kids & ppl in their preteens as well.
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Tip: The tickets to this event was a tiny bit pricey. Use your money for something else like surjing lesions.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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karthastewart
East Meadow, New York
"Nice show; plenty of food."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 22, 2019 NEW
The lines were too long and we had to wait at least 1/2 hr. to be seated. Each table had to be called to go up for food which made us wait more time. The food was very delicious and you were able to go back for seconds. Wait staff were very friendly and accommodating.
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ginahutchison
Palmdale, California
"Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 22, 2019 NEW
Great luau. Food was good, fun atmosphere, dancers were all great. The drinks were not watered down like most luau’s we’ve been too and true open bar. They validated our valet parking which was a plus. They are the only luau in town which is offered every day.
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OnWings2
Manitoba, Canada
"Good but felt a bit like a cruise ship"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
We visited this Luau for my birthday with another couple. This was our third Luau in Hawaii and second on Maui. This certainly was not our favourite Luau but it had some good points. I’d say the rating should be between a 3 and a 4 star but since that doesn’t exist I will give it a 4. I would grade each luau on a few factors. First, location: This a beautiful property and everything is very clean and well organized. However, there is no view of the ocean from your seat and the enclosed area feels a little small. Both other luau’s we attended were right on the beach with beautiful sunset views so the commercialized/resort feel of this one was a little disappointing. Second, Food and drinks. The food here was actually quite good with a fair amount of variety. Even for someone with a lot of food sensitivities I was able to eat more than enough (although no dessert), which was actually surprising and unexpected to me. Out of all the luau’s we have attended I would say this was probably the best food we had. However drinks were not as good. We were served drinks at our table but the server was very forgetful and didn’t offer drinks readily either. They did have a pretty big variety of drinks but we had to ask about them. They were god but not excellent mixes. Third, the show. The dancers were great. They showed dances from a variety of Polynesian places which was nice and had beautiful costumes and used a variety of additional props or pieces which kept things interesting. They also had a great fire act, although would have been nice if that part was a bit longer. Other than maybe 2 songs I’m not sure why it was called “drums of the pacific” though. There really were not that many drums. The worst part about the entertainment was the MC though. He was like a really fake used car salesman/cruise ship director. It was incredibly grating. If not for him the show would probably have been the best we have seen. And fourth area of rating, overall experience: I’d say overall this left a few things to be desired. One, VIP is supposed to come with free parking but they still made us pay. We did get nice Lei’s and slightly better seating for being VIP’s but I’m not sure much else. And the way the tables are set up in long rows if you were the first of the nonVIP’s at a table you would really be no worse off than one of the last VIP’s at a table. When you got there you got kind of pushed through the motions. Take a picture here, get your lei here, etc. This is typical but I felt at other luau’s they did a better job of making that process feel more warm and welcoming and less tourist trappy. They did do a nice reveal of the pig coming out of its roasting spot which feels more authentic.However the Luau we attended on Oahu had more ceremony around that and also had a more interactive time where guests could make their own Lei’s, weave palm fronds, pull in fish nets, watch them climb for coconuts, and more. Overall, this was not a bad luau but it’s still not one I would probably go back to. I’d likely try some others first.
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DeanBMcIntosh
Surrey, Canada
"Bad food good show"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2019 NEW
I have never had such poor food anywhere here on islands. So disappointed We paid extra for preferred seething and was 6 lengths of tables out of 8 away from the show. Food was bland and cold. Was entertaining friends been to many of these shows over the 20 years coming to the islands so disappointed and feel ripped off for the first time. This can’t be at a Hyatt property :( Sad
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Gary-Patti D
Saint Louis, Missouri
"GREAT LUAU, MEAL and SHOW"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2019 NEW
We did have VIP seating that was worth it to be centered and in the 2nd table back from the stage, which had a great perspective of the show. The musicians were good and provided a great continuity between the different parts of the evening. The performers were very good and, of course, we especially liked the fire part of the show at the end. There was a good variety of quality food and it was plentiful. No excuse to go home hungry. The drinks were plentiful and not a problem to get additional ones. All in all, it was a very nice evening, location and event that we'd highly recommend.
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Drums of the Pacific Luau is located at Hyatt's Drums of the Pacific Luau at Sunset Terrace200 Nohea Kai DriveLahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Frequently Asked Questions about Drums of the Pacific Luau

What is the difference between General and Preferred Seating?
The General seating table assignment is best available upon purchase in the general section and includes a Shell Lei greeting. Seating begins at 5:30 pm (April - Sept).

Preferred Seating is best available in the center tables, 2nd row from the stage with fresh handmade Ti leaf lei. Seating begins at 5:15 pm (April -  Sept).

Where is Drums of Pacific located?
They are located in Lahaina at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Join us in Sunset Terrace, just steps from Ka’anapali Beach.

Is the show located inside or outside?
The Luau is located outside to enjoy the fresh ocean air, located right next to the beach.

Do you operate the show in inclement weather?
As a general rule, we do not operate during harsh weather. We suggest calling the day of the show if you’re unsure about the weather.