Review: Te Au Moana Luau at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort on Maui

A spectacular experience featuring a Hawaiian feast, traditional dance and more awaits you at the Te Au Moana luau at the Wailea Beach Resort.  If you're planning on going to a luau while visiting Maui, the Te Au Moana luau is a great choice - the luau is an unforgettable and unique experience where you can enjoy a sumptuous buffet, sample handcrafted tropical cocktails, all before enjoying a great interactive show!


See more great photos here: Te Au Moan Luau at the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort



Overview
Te Au Moana, translated as 'The Ocean Tide', is a constant among the vast generations of Hawaiians and Polynesians is the ocean tide.  The tide linking all of Oceania, Te Au Moana, shares the ancestral storytelling of the people of Maui and the Pacific through lavish songs and dances.  The Polynesians held great knowledge of the earth and its life-giving elements. Their expert skills of fishing, gathering, gift giving, romance, and tapa making (bark cloth) are brilliantly demonstrated and shared here at this luau, set at the scenic grounds of the Wailea Beach Resort.




Location: 
  • Marriott Wailea Beach Resort 
    • Free self parking  
    • Valet parking available for $40


Dates and Times: 
  • Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings
  • Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Price:
  • Standard Seating
    • Price: $124 Adult, $79 Child, Toddlers Free
      • Receive fresh flower lei
      • Witness imu ceremony
      • Standard seating not in first or second row
      • Buffet
  • Preferred Seating
    • Price: $142 Adult, $89 Child, $18 Toddler
      • First or second-row seating
      • First queue for buffet
      • Receive fresh flower lei
      • Witness imu ceremony

Inclusions:
  • Receive a fresh flower lei or carved wooden fish hook necklace
  • Witness imu (Hawaiian underground oven cooking) ceremony
  • Pre-show activities
  • Polynesian crafters
  • Hawaiian Buffet
  • Drinks

A Visual Journey Through the Te Au Moana Luau 
Before the spectacular luau show begins, you'll enjoy activities and a wonderful Hawaiian buffet and drinks.


The typical luau dinner menu features the following items:
  • Freshly baked taro and Hawaiian sweet roll
  • Mango basil butter
  • Upcountry mixed greens with house made dressing
  • Mango basil butter, Ranch dressing, Papaya seed dressing
  • Hawaiian potato salad with green onions and green onion oil
  • Soba noodle salad, crispy fried soba noodles
  • Cucumber, red onion namasu, toasted seasame seeds
  • Pineapple cole slaw, julienne red onion, diced tomatoes and cilantro
  • Wailea Beach Macaroni pasta salad, chive
  • Lomi lomi salmon with candied citrus zest
  • Poi
  • Fruit salad (pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, passion fruit puree, toasted coconut)
  • Kula Farms stir-fry vegetables with fresh herbs
  • Seafood vegetable pasta primavera with olives and parmesan cheese
  • Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes with coconut syrup and toasted coconut
  • Roasted garlic edamame fried rice
  • Shoyu, honey & ginger roasted chicken
  • Honey teriyaki grilled steak, peppers and onions
  • Imu kalua pig
  • Pineapple upside down cake
  • Sweet potato haupia squares
  • Chocolate brownies
  • Key lime squares
  • Banana nut bread
  • Assorted cookies
As you wrap up dinner, the luau show begins - here are some selected highlights from the show I captured:













We had a wonderful time at the Te Au Moana Luau and highly recommend it if you're looking to attend a luau in Wailea.  The overall show is amazing, the buffet dinner and drinks feature a nice selection and the pricing is reasonable, when compared to other luau's on Maui.


Also, if you're planning a trip to Maui, be sure to check out my Maui Travel Guide: The Ultimate Maui Travel Guide: Where to Stay, What to do, Where to Eat and Shop!

Mahalo to the Marriott Wailea Beach Resort Leisure Sales Team for providing us complimentary tickets to the Te Au Moana Luau - we appreciate the hospitality and look forward to visiting again and sending clients/guests to this amazing resort!