11. GO TO A LU‘AU

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With food in abun­dance and fes­tiv­i­ties in full swing, a is lu‘au a fun way to ex­pe­ri­ence Maui's cul­ture of ca­ma­raderie.

Loosely trans­lated, a is a lu‘au big HAWAI­IAN FEAST. At the heart of this gath­er­ing is the cer­e­mo­nial

(roast) pig. In an age-old kalua is­land tech­nique, a whole pig is buried in an (un­der­ground imu oven), and then un­earthed af­ter a day, which leaves the meat cooked to in­com­pa­ra­ble ten­der­ness. In ad­di­tion to this de­li­cious main dish, lu‘au-go­ers also get the chance to sam­ple an ar­ray of fa­vorite lo­cal side dishes, in­clud­ing sweet pota­toes, poi (Hawai­ian taro starch), lomilomi salmon, fresh fish, mac­a­roni salad and a se­lec­tion of desserts.

A lu‘au also fea­tures TRA­DI­TIONAL POLY­NE­SIAN EN­TER­TAIN­MENT, in­clud­ing Hawai­ian mu­sic, , fire dances hula and more—what your spe­cific treat is de­pends on your venue of choice. Great shows on Maui in­clude: OLD LA­HAINA LUAU (old­la­hainaluau.com), which is held right off Front Street on ocean­front grounds; THE FEAST AT LELE (feast­atlele.com), a gourmet lu‘au paired to wines and cre­ative Hawai­ian and Poly­ne­sian cui­sine; ROYAL LA­HAINA LUAU – MYTHS OF MAUI (roy­al­la­hainaluau.com) at the Royal La­haina Re­sort; WAILELE POLY­NE­SIAN LUAU (west­in­maui.com/din­ing/wailele) at Westin Maui Re­sort; and DRUMS OF THE PA­CIFIC LUAU (drum­soft­hep­aci­fic­maui.com) at Hy­att Re­gency Maui, which boasts a sea­side sun­set show.

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