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
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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jujubean4
Asheville, NC
"DISAPPOINTING - PLEASE READ"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 28, 2020 NEW
Sigh. Felt like cattle being herded through the food troughs. Having been to the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu and the Old Lahaina Luau, this one we found underwhelming. First of all, they make you arrive at 5:15, but the show doesn't actually start until 7;00. They allow WAY too much time for dinner and we had to just sit there and wait. Food was bland and unremarkable. Dessert even blander. The drinks were horrible, unless you like syrupy sweet neon colored cocktails and cheap wine. One the hula dancers Finally began, we were dismayed to see the neon plastic hula skirts and fake greenery and small stage. Sigh. Dancers were talented, but, This venue is way overdue for some improvements all around. I simply would not. recommend it . Sorry.....
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seetheworld600
va
"NYE Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 26, 2020 NEW
I wanted to do something different on NYE, so I decided to book the Drums of the Pacific luau to ring in the new year. The location of the luau off the lobby area of the Hyatt was somewhat of a surprise and better signage is needed for the self parking when visiting this venue at night. However, the ability of the hotel to run multiple buffet stations at one time immediately made sense. While the food was not the best luau food I've had, it was plentiful and getting through the serving line was fairly quick. Having VIP tickets meant that we received table service for drinks. However, people who went to the bar seemed to get faster service and more of a choice of beverages. The MC for the show was great and you were able to see your favorite dancer perform in multiple hulas. The fire dancers at the end were phenomenal and we had champagne with which to toast the new year. All in all, this was a good hula show, but I'm not sure it was worth the extra cost for the NYE show.
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martha38237
"Excellent Show!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 25, 2020 NEW
My husband and I reserved VIP tickets and were not disappointed. We got there an hour before the show started and we’re able to get a front row seat. The dancers were energetic and fun. The MC has a Wayne Newton vibe about him that was quite enjoyable. The food was delicious and the drinks were great. I’d highly recommend going.
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carlamck1961
Portland, Oregon
"Are you ready to rumble?"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 23, 2020 NEW
This was an amazing show. I went so I could see hula and I was not disappointed. Such a great variety from all over polynesia. It all ended with an amazing fire dance. Breathtaking! Location was nice. I wasn't a fan of the food but it was authentic including poi so I will give credit for that. Try to do the VIP seats. You get a lei, a drink but most importantly front row seats for the show!
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DaleFT2020
"Drums of the Pacific Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 23, 2020 NEW
Have had the pleasure of visiting the"Drums of the Pacific" a few times and it is always a memorable night. From the awesome authentic luau fare (especially the Kalua Pig, ahi poke and the taro/luau leaves) to the cold Maui Brewing Co. Hanalei IPA and great dessert table you will not go hungry. The entertainment is authentic, colorful, and the dancers always have big aloha smiles! The MC is great with funny commentary, especially when audience members are brought on stage for hula lessons. The wait staff are great as well and the bartenders will pour drinks to order if you need something special. While not everybody thinks Hawaiian fare is to their liking, and we know stuff ain't cheap in Hawaii, the full buffet with drinks included and lots of entertainment spread thru the 3 hours is definitely worth while in today's dollars. Forget the $$ and just go to have fun. You will!!
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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.