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

Maui 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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Maui 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
Verified Traveler
"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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atltraveler1314
"Average Luau "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 25, 2019 NEW
Pretty standard tourist Luau... the actual performance part was pretty good. We were seated in the very back and could still see pretty well. The food was not impressive. I enjoyed the kids table more than the regular buffet.
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Expedition496135
"So cheesy"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2019 NEW
The jokes were so bad and clearly used 1,000 times before. Seems like this show has not been updated for decades. Some very sexist remarks made by the "host" about the female and male dancers as well as a few of the guests. (speaking to a female audience member: "You don't look a day over 17...watch out fellas." ) I would NOT pay to do this event again. Nor would I recommend this for anyone.
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55kellyb
Laguna Hills, California
"We had a good time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2019 NEW
I was never going to do a Luau, but we "won" an entry, so still coughed up over $250 for two more of us to get in. We had a great time...thought the food was good, fun to try the variety including desserts. Drinks were easy to get. Staff was great, show was fun. I agree get there early as the lines are a little confusing. I'm really glad we went, but I think it's a one time thing because of how costly it was.
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jessicasS6425WE
"A great evening."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2019 NEW
I’d been to Drums of the Pacific as a child and the memories stuck with me, so on our recent trip to Maui, I decided to bring my son who is the same age as I was when I first went. As an adult the luau experience is a little cheesy, but we had an amazing time! The performers were fun and lively, the stories told were interesting and engaging. The food was SO GOOD. A little tip, show up earlier than 5:15 and check in under the blue awning. There they will tell you which line to get into based on the priority you booked. It can get a little crazy when it gets closer to 5:15-5:30 and harder to figure out what line to get into. The lines can get a little long and you wouldn’t want to stand in the wrong one just to figure all this out later. Other than that, its a fun experience for all and something you should definitely check out while you’re in Maui!
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slahmeyer
"Glad we saw it, but pricey for what you get"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2019 NEW
We had to include a lu'au in our first family trip to Maui and we are glad we did it. That being said, we wouldn't do it again. It is too pricey and commercial for what you get. The food wasn't spectacular, but it was fine. The drinks are standard (with a long line if you want more). We choose general seating and we waited in line for about 40 min to get decent seats. Again, all in all, worth seeing once.
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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.