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On the grounds of the Royal Lahaina Resort, Hawaiian royalty once came to relax and commune with their gods, feasting and dancing in a royal village named Kulana Kahiko, or "The Ancient Place." During the nightly luau, guests are transported to bygone days, when the great kings of Maui came to Kaanapali for renewal of body and spirit. Each evening, as the sunsets, guests are greeted with a traditional shell lei and an open bar, which serves standard cocktails, beer, wine, soda and fruit punch from the opening of the gates until the conclusion of the show. Guests are invited to gather while the cooks present an authentic imu (underground oven) ceremony, where the evening's main course, Kalua Pig, is unearthed. Following the luau feast, guests sit back and relax as the Royal Lahaina's dynamic cast of dancers, singers, drummers and musicians presents a spellbinding journey through the South Pacific islands of Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa. Featuring both the kahiko (ancient) and 'auwana (modern) forms of hula, the 75-minute performance includes tributes to Maui's paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys), and the movie industry's portrayal of the Islands during Hollywood's "Golden Age" in the 30's and 40's. The evening culminates with a Samoan "fire knife" dance which must be seen to be believed.
Luau Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Luau Available: June 1 - August 31 - Daily at 5:30 PM. September 1- May 31 - Daily except Saturdays at 5:00 PM.