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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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
Lu'au Ground Location:
The Sunset Terrace on Ka'anapali Beach at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

Days of Operation:
Daily, approximately 3 hours long from 5:30-8:30 pm, year-round. Closed October 31st

Program of Events:
Times are approximate and may vary depending on occupancy
5:00 pm LU’AU TICKET WINDOW OPENS (Lu’au registration)
Pictures taken by Maui Photo World available for purchase after the show
5:15 pm VIP SEATING BEGINS / 5:20: PREFERRED / 5:30 pm GENERAL and GROUP
Lei greeting upon arrival with welcome Mai Tai or Tropical Fruit Punch
5:30 – 8:00 PM OPEN BAR & HAWAIIAN ARTS DISPLAY
6:00 – 6:25 PM TORCH LIGHTING CEREMONY, HAWAIIAN WELCOME, and IMU CEREMONY
6:30 – 7:45 PM DINNER BUFFET
6:45 – 7:20 PM DINNER ENTERTAINMENT W/LIVE MUSIC/ TRADITIONAL ‘LAVA LAVA’ WEAR
PRESENTATION / HULA LESSON W/AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
7:30 – 8:30 PM POLYNESIAN REVUE with 3-Man FIRE KNIFE DANCE FINALE
Photo opportunities with dancers and entertainers following the show.

Lu'au Ground Location:
The Sunset Terrace on Ka'anapali Beach at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

Open Tiki Bar:
Features Mai Tai’s, beer, wine, standard cocktails, tropical fruit punch, juices, and sodas.
(A valid, government-issued, laminated, picture ID is required of all guests for alcoholic beverage service.)

Polynesian Menu:
All-you-can-eat buffet features, Imu Kalua Pork; Huli Huli Chicken; Island Fish, Polynesian
Fried Rice; Makamaka Vegetables; Molokai Purple Sweet Potato; Creamed Taro & Leaf with Coconut Milk; Soba
Noodle Salad; Fresh Sliced Tropical Fruits; Lomi Lomi Salmon; Pacific Ahi Poke, Kauai Taro- Pounded Poi;
Upcountry Baby Green Lettuces; Namasu of Maui Onions, Cucumbers and Carrots; Taro rolls with Whipped Lilikoi
Butter. Keiki Kaukau: Chicken Nuggets; Penne Pasta Marinara
Sweets: Dessert table features, Creamed Chocolate Mousse Brownie; Coconut Haupia with Toasted Coconut;
Pineapple Upside Down Cake; Housemade Bread Pudding; Guava Cake
Show: An authentic 1-hour Polynesian journey featuring the songs and dances of cultures of Hawaiian, Samoan,
Tahitian, Rarotonga, Tuamotus, Tongan, and Maori including a thrilling 3-Man Fire Knife finale - a Tihati

Production:
NOTE: Hours of operation and menu are subject to change without notice due to weather, seasonality of food, etc

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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bstatcayman
Palestine, Texas
"Great 1st experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2019 NEW
So this was listed as the # 1 Lu’au by travelers. It is a nice experience, but somewhat tourist driven. I would have like to seen more of a traditional Lu’au, party style with a lot of audience participation/dancing. This was more a ‘show’, but still a good experience. The Buffett was good and we were able to try local cuisine. Overall we enjoyed the experience, but next trip we will be looking for a more traditional experience with less people!
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laffanrn
Berkley, Massachusetts
"Wonderful Lua'au"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2019 NEW
We had a great time at this Lu'au. Everyone was very friendly and wanted to ensure that everyone was well taken care of. The food was good --- fresh and well prepared.
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Shou1
Montreal, Canada
"Good show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
We took general seating and arrived early. We skipped the photography line because we definetly did not want to purchase it after. We had good seats not far from vip and preferred and to be honest, besides the fact their leis were nicer and they went first to buffet, am glad we paid just general! Service for drinks was great and offered generously. The food: ordinary. But expected so much since hotel buffets are usually so. The pork disappointed. It was dry and the fish could have been more seasonned. Desserts made me think of those Chinese buffet ones, no better. The show was good but the repeatative dancing was long. The dire show great.
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Ben R
Maui, Hawaii
"A wonderful experience for the whole family!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
We live on Maui and took our visiting family to the VIP Drums of the Pacific Luau as a way to celebrate their trip. What a great experience! We felt good about paying for the VIP seats, since front-row seating and all drinks were included. We also got to go through the buffet line before the masses. The drinks were strong and tropical, and the food was really great... far better than what you might expect from a buffet line. These guys really know how to serve great quality and flavors! After you eat, the show is really a good one... the live music, dancing, and history were really fun! There doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the house, and even if you don't go VIP, everyone got through the food lines quickly including going back for seconds and more. These guys really know how to serve great quality and flavors! We highly recommend this luau!
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"Not a good Luau. Really not good."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2019 NEW
Honestly, the show sucked. It’s like being at a bad Disney show. I was in the Marriott Ko’Olina Luau in Ohau and it was amazing in every way. This show seemed like amateurs. The host was boring. Actually, he was horrible. The scenery was worse. No sunset. The only good is the food was ok.
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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.