There are few activities which dominate your senses quite like a Hawaiian luau. From the moment you enter hungry and eager, to the moment you exit well-fed and wowed, the tastes and sounds and tropical smells leave your senses bordering on overload.
In Kaʽanapali, the best luau along the strip is the Wailele Polynesian luau. Here, in the Aloha Pavilion of the Westin Maui Resort, the captivating beauty of Polynesia is brought to your oceanfront doorstep.
When entering the waterfall-laden pavilion, inhale deeply and smell the aromas of tropical plumeria and pikake. Taste the flavor of island Mai Tais which are made with a pineapple rum, and feast on a buffet that includes local favorites such as kalua pig and poke. Don't be ashamed if you don't like the poi since it's definitely an acquired taste, although if you want to eat the poi like a local, use two fingers as a spoon.
While the ukulele strums and slack key guitar are a relaxing accompaniment to dinner, the senses are put on high alert when you hear the beat of the drum. For the next two hours you'll be taken on a journey through the islands of Polynesia, where the graceful hands of smiling hula dancers weave stories from across the Pacific.
At the end of the night, however, the real heat of Wailele Luau is the dramatic fire and knife show, where a Polynesian dancer whirls circles of fire at a fast and furious pace, and the beat of the drums ascends to a rhythm that even your heart can't match.