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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Veneciahoglund
"Disappointing Experience - NOT worth the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2019 NEW
We had been looking forward to this Luau and through it would be one of the highlights to our experiences on Maui. Unfortunately, the Luau was a total bust. The food was terrible - the vegetables were soggy, the rice was hard and flavorless, the macadamia crusted fish was disgusting, the chicken was fatty, and the drinks were watered down! My husband and I ended up just eating salad. This is not what we expected from an almost $150 per person event. The show was okay but it lacked excitement.. the best part was the fire dance and torch lighting.
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Jesica S
"Ignore the bad reviews"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
My husband and I read the reviews of this and were a little skeptical. But then we thought since our resort recommended it, it must be good. We booked the cheapest tickets as our trip was already expensive but want wanted the experience. The food was tasty and plenty for extras. The welcome drinks were a little watered down but it was a hot day and ice melts. The other drinks were fantastic and quite good pours. My husband was feeling good this night. The show was great and really entertaining. Overall we had a really great experience!
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lins324
Long Beach, California
"Mediocre luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2019 NEW
First we were annoyed because we waited in a line for awhile only to get to the front and be told we needed to go get in the general admission line. Then we waited in that line only to be told we needed to go see the cashier first. Maybe there could be some signage or someone directing people where to go??? The seating was cramped vs other luaus we have been to where there was room to walk around and get sunset pictures. If you want a sunset picture you will have to leave the luau grounds and walk across the beach path and find a stranger to take your picture. The food was good (for a buffet) and the show was good (including a fire dance at the end which we didn’t see at the Old Lahaina Luau) but the overall ambiance was lacking. Normally at a luau they make a big deal of pulling the pig out of the ground but either they didn’t do that here or I totally missed it (since it was too cramped to walk around the grounds).
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SarahStock14
Cincinnati, Ohio
"Fun activity"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2019 NEW
Drums of the Pacific was a pretty cool experience that we didn't even have to leave the resort to do. The food was delicious and there was an open bar. We paid extra for the upgraded seating, which was good so we got to get food first, but honestly I think being a little farther back would've been better so we could see the whole stage and not be so close up. Only downside was that it took a while to get going... the actual luau performance is only about an hour long, the rest of the time is filled with dining, kids hula lesson on stage, fashion show, etc. Fun activities, just not what I was expecting.
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Nicole Z
Lucerne, California
"AMAZING AND SO MUCH FUN"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2019 NEW
we went for my 40th bday and in my bday. we had so much fun. the performance was amazing and educational. the open bar was awesome they come to you with the drinks. the buffet had amazing food and deserts. i tried it all so i can taste what the culture makes. i even got to go on stage and try to hula. you get a waiter for each table and he worked his booty off to make us all happy. we met alot of new people traveling from every where. we got there at 4pm to wait in line was the first there. you get a picture taken of you before event in front of water. they have booths with some locals who have made beautful jewlery,hair accessories,bags and wooden artifacts. definetly pay for valet it was worth it only $5.00 its a walk if you dont pay. they are quick to retreive your car. bring money cus the booths have amazing things to buy and your picture is $20 if you want it. you can also take pics with the entertainers afterwards. you get to also enjoy the sunset from where you sit.the hyatt itself is gorgeous. check out their penguins they have,birds,and coy pond. the place is beautiful so is that pool. lets just say ill be back for sure. i loved it best bday ever.
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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.