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
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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Krisztian N
Budapest, Hungary
"A little bit of history and culture"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
Very well organized to fit hundreds of people. Good, kids friendly food, awesome entertainment! Use the open bar for drinks, much better! All in all, we had a great time, worth the money spent.
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Hartwa
"Great show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2019 NEW
We had preferred tickets rather than VIP because we were advised we’d have a better view for pictures that was correct. The show was beautiful, funny and the dancers, host and band were great. The only thing that was a disappointment was upon entering my wife didn’t get a flower Lei. It sounds small but she was looking forward to it. I offered to buy one but not the same so if you want a flower lei go VIP. Everything else was perfect
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jbuckley1977
Southington, Connecticut
"Amazing Luau experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2019 NEW
Our family attended this luau in early August after exploring several other options. It was an amazing experience and we were glad we went. Starting with the entrance, we were greeted with leis and mai tai's. It only got better from there. Shortly after we sat down, the open bar started (more mai tai's!!!) The music performance is there to welcome visitors at the seating fills up before dinner. The buffet dinner itself was plentiful. One of our kids suffers from several food allergies. We spoke to our server before dinner, and he was SUPER helpful. The Hyatt has a list of all food allergens so it is very clear what is safe to eat. Beyond that, the server went out of his way to speak to my son, and make sure that he was able to have a good food experience, even bringing him his own plate of steamed rice from the kitchen. We were grateful for the Hyatt's responsiveness. The show was amazing. A wonderful host involved the audience and kept things moving. The performance was great, particularly the when the dancers introduced fire to their act! Our teenage kids loved it, and the performance is appropriate for all ages. We will definitely return!
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Robert P
Auburn, California
"Wonderful Luau!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2019 NEW
The food was great and the show was very entertaining. We have been to other luau's, but this by far was the best one we have been to. Highly recommend it!
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Ibfloatin
Bonner, Montana
"Didn’t live up to the hype. "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2019 NEW
We chose this lu’au because it looked like it was going to be fast moving, exciting and had the fire dancers. The dancing itself was great but was actually very slow moving. If I had never been to other lu’au’s I might not have known better. They had a total of 10 dancers. So we had to listen to the most boring voice in between set changes, for very long periods of time. He never could keep our interest in what he was even saying. When it came to the last dance, which was the fire dance ... what a let down. Basically they spun the batons, and only did 1 dance. Our server was slow at getting there. We had already got 2 rounds of drinks ourselves before he even came around. Then when the main show started they stopped serving altogether. Didn’t even come around for a last call. The food was mediocre and they really rushed you through. If you are one of the last tables to go through, they have already condensed down to 1 line. We barely got in on any dessert. Just came away disappointed. We all stayed excited for the kids cuz it was their first lu’au.
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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.