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Luau Laureen

You might remember me saying we were only going to do two touristy things here on Maui – one of them was the zipline and the other was a luau.

Oh I have been to so many luau’s I’ve lost track.  My husband said he didn’t think we needed to go.  Oh I know we didn’t NEED to go, but it’s just so…HAWAII.  I just love a luau.  You can call me Luau Laureen.


Sunset from The Grand Wailea

We’ve been to luau’s on Ohahu, Kauai and multiple times here on Maui including the famous Old Lahaina Luau in Lahaina.  We have been to that one a couple of times.

So we decided to try a different one this time, one closer to our condo so we didn’t need to worry about driving home after all those Mai Tai’s.


The entertainment

The Grand Wailia just down the road from us holds a lovely luau that includes valet parking, drinks, buffet luau dinner and the usual entertainment for $112 per person. I was a little disappointed that for $112 I didn’t get a flower lei .  I mean shouldn’t that be mandatory? Meh .


Me and the Hubs

The night of the luau was the night that Maui had a huge fire that shut down roads and made it impossible to travel from Lahaina to Kihei.  Apparently a lot of the staff, Including many of the performers, as well as registered luau guests, could not get to Kihei so with that in mind I give the performance two thumbs up.  It was not as good as the Old Lahaina (and where was my lei?) but maybe the missing performers would have filled in to make it better.

And apparently, according to someone we talked to the next day, Old Lahaina Luau had to cancel their show altogether .  Neither guests or performers could get to the show with the roads closed .


The fire on the West Maui mountain (photo from Maui County)

So when all was said and done we had a wonderful time on the gorgeous Grand Wailia grounds watching the sunset, the waves crashing, the gorgeous Hawaiian men and women dancing traditional dances and enjoying a favorite Hawaiian activity.  We also had an awesome view of the fire burning on the West Maui mountain.

A very Hawaiian evening. Maui no ka oi.

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