Suppose you are looking for traditional Hawaiian entertainment, want to enjoy a delicious meal, and learn about Hawaii’s rich culture. In that case, you must check out Te Au Moana – a breathtaking Luau dinner and show in Maui.
Luau is a Hawaiian term for celebrating food, songs, dances, and Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. There are several Luaus to attend in Maui. Te Au Moana (The Ocean Tide) is one of the top ones.
We had so much fun at the Te Au Moana! I encourage you to include this luau as part of your Hawaii vacation.
Reservation & Location
Tickets for Te Au Moana Luau are not cheap. However, they are well worth the price for the experience you will get. You can visit their website here to find out more pricing details.
Te Au Moana takes place at the beautiful beachfront of the Wailea Beach Marriot. The entire experience lasts over three hours under the open sky. We dined and watched the show with a backdrop of the ocean and gorgeous sunset skies. It was so lovely! Plan your day accordingly and prepare to spend an unforgettable few hours at the Te Au Moana Luau!
Pre Show Activities
Arrive on time! We waited in a long line for about 15-20 minutes. Then we were greeted with the Hawaiian flower-Lei necklaces and were seated in the banquet set up, fronting the stage.
Besides attending a beautiful performance and enjoying delicious food, Te Au Moana is a great place to socialize. (There is an open bar!) my husband and I shared our table with a few other couples. We all had a great time getting to know each other while sipping the Hawaiian cocktails.
Before the show, you will be invited to witness the Imu ceremony. Imu is the underground oven that Hawaiians use to cook their traditional meals. They prepare the famous kalua pork at the Luau ceremony, which is later included in the dinner.
Also, you may participate in various pre-show games and activities, including getting a temporary tattoo and taking a picture with performers!
What to Expect from Te Au Moana – Luau Dinner and Show
Te Au Moana luau will dive into the Hawaiian and Polynesian culture and history through music, stories, and dance. My favorite performance (as most will agree) was the fire dance show. I cannot emphasize enough fabulous costumes and music! It was all so beautiful. They blew everyone away.
So if you are undecided about your entertainment, attend Te Au Moana for a memorable and fun Luau dinner and show in Maui!
If I knew that a few years after visiting Maui, I would be starting my blog, I would take a lot more pictures! I hope I was still able to describe this experience to you.
If you are looking for more things to do while in Maui, check out my visitor’s guide to Sunrise and Sunset at the Haleakala Crater. You can also read about five beaches in Maui to put on your bucket list here.