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We are taking our kids to the Old Lahaina Luau. Our kids are 11, 9, and 4.5. Here are my questions:

1) I have booked traditional seating rather than convention seating. It sounded like our kids would have the most fun with that. Is this the right call?

2) We are staying in Kapalua, and I would prefer not to drive. Any recommendations on transportation?

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Old Lahaina Luau
1251 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

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  1. We've taken our kids to the Old Lahaina luau several times. We always request the traditional mat seating. I think it may be a better way for kids to enjoy it since they can move around. It can be a challege for adults to get comfy, though. As far as transportation options, here are my thoughts: Buses run during the day but service between the Kapalua area and Lahaina Cannery Mall (the stop by the OLL) is infrequent and it can take an hour (with a connection in Whaler's Village). I'm not sure what the schedule would be like at night or how late bus service contines. I would not want to have to count on the bus after the luau with 3 tired kids. Unless you plan to take good advantage of the unlimited drinks at the luau, I think driving would definitely be the way to go. OLL has free parking at the Lahaina Cannery Mall lot just across the street and it's easy to get back to Kapalua. The drive should only take about 20 minutes tops. I have no idea what the cost for a cab ride would be. Good luck!

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    Lahaina Cannery Mall
    , Lahaina, HI 96761

    1. We love the Old Lahaina Luau, and really do agree it is the best, at least that we have experienced. However, please let me caution you. We used to sit on the mat seating, which we never had a problem with in terms of comfort, but about 6 years ago, my father was bitten by a brown violin spider while at another luau (not OLL), and the bite turned necrotic and eventually required surgery. I had never heard of this happening before, and might have chalked it up to urban legend if I hadn't actually been there. Since then, we just don't take the risk. The proprietors at OLL are terrific, the incident occurred elsewhere and it may have been a total freak, but I would reccomend careful inspection of the seating area if you are on the grass.

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      Old Lahaina Luau
      1251 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761