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Review: Drums of the Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort

The Drums of the Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency Maui takes you on a journey through the islands of Polynesia, complete with a traditional imu ceremony and a great dinner buffet featuring the exotic flavors of native Hawaiian cuisine, including an all-you-can-eat buffet, a lavish desert bar, and open bar.

Drums of the Pacific is one of Maui’s most exciting luau's and is also the island’s longest running show, having enteratined more than two million visitors since the opening of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in 1980.

Sharing the legends and stories of Maui and Polynesia, the Drums of the Pacific Luau shows the contrast of island cultures, from the lyrical Hawaiian hula to the spectacular Samoan fire-knife dance, to the pulsating drum dances of Tahiti.  If you haven't been to a luau and are staying in the Kaanapali Beach area of Maui, I highly recommend checking out this luau and enjoying a lovely evening of culture, Hawaiian food, song and dance.

  • Sunset Terrace at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Dates and Times:
  • Daily shows
    • Check-in starts at 5:00pm
    • Seating begins at 5:30pm
    • Showtime at 7:00pm
There are three seating options available for the Luau: General Seating, Preferred Seating and VIP seating.

Photo Courtesy of the Drums of the Pacific Luau Website

General Seating includes a Shell lei and Mai Tai greeting.
  • Adults $125
  • Children Ages 6-12 $75
  • Infants Ages 5 & under Free
    • Note: One free child with 2 paying adults
Preferred Seating starts at the second row of tables in the center and a fresh handmade ti leaf lei
  • Adults $145
  • Children Ages 6-12 $85
  • Infants Ages 5 & under Free
VIP Seating includes seating at the front row of tables, fresh orchid lei for women, keepsake kukui nut lei for men, and first choice at the buffet.
  • Adults $165
  • Children Ages 6-12 $95
  • Infants Ages 5 & under Free
For the best seating, I would highly recommend upgrading to VIP seating.  The view from the front of the venue is amazing and the keepsakes you get are an added bonus.  Also, having access to dinner and drinks first is a great time saver, especially when traveling with young kids.

  • Mai Tai & Lei Greeting

  • Lighting of the Torches
  • Polynesian Crafts by Local Artisans
  • Traditional Imu Ceremony
  • Fashion Show with traditional “lava lava” wear fashion show.
  • Hula Lesson on Stage
  • Songs, Chants & Dramatic Dances from Hawai‘i, Tonga, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Samoa, Tuamotus & New Zealand
  • Dinner Buffet, Dessert & Open Bar 

A Visual Journey Through the Drums of the Pacific Luau
Before the luau show begins, you'll enjoy activities described above and then a wonderful Hawaiian buffet and drinks.

The Dinner Buffet is expansive and includes:
  • Soba Noodle Salad, Fresh Island Fruits, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pacific Ahi Poke, Pounded Poi (Kauai Taro), Upcountry Maui Baby Greens, Pickled Maui Onion, Cucumber & Carrot Salad, Taro Rolls with Whipped Lilikoi Butter, Imu Kalua Pork, Teriyaki Chicken, Macadamia Nut Crusted Island Fish, Polynesian Fried Rice, Makamaka Vegetables with Molokai Sweet Potatoes, Creamed Taro & Leaf with Coconut Milk
  • Dessert includes: 
    • Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie, Haupia with Toasted Coconut Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, and Bread Pudding
  • The open bar features beer, wine, mixed cocktails, mai tais, and fruit punch

As you wrap up dinner, the main luau show begins - here are some selected highlights from the show I captured:

Overall, I highly recommend the Drums of the Pacific Luau if you'll be visiting Maui and staying in the Kaanapali Beach area.  The Polynesian Spectacular Show offers great food and entertainment with authentic dances and music of old Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, Tonga, and Rarotonga, and an unforgettable fire-knife dance finale.  It is a perfect way to experience a Maui evening of culture, entertainment and delicious food and drinks.

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 Hyatt Regency Maui Leisure Sales Team for the hotel site tour/inspection and a special discounted travel advisor offer for the Drums of the Pacific Luau - we appreciate the hospitality and look forward to visiting again and sending clients/guests to this amazing resort!  To see more of the exciting updates at the Hyatt Regency Maui, read more here.