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Luau: Honolulu or Maui?

girlstar Mar 14, 2012 06:20 PM

We will be visiting from Toronto in June and spending time in Honolulu and Maui. I have read here good things about Feast at Lele and Old Lahaina Luau in Maui. When I was a kid, back in the mid 90s we went to Germaine's Luau out of Honolulu. When I was a kid it was entertaining. I am now coming back to Hawaii with my fiance for his first Hawaii trip and would like to take him to the best luau experience. Wondering if the better ones are in Maui or Honolulu and if there are any others I should look in to.

Thanks :)

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    honu2 Apr 20, 2012 11:37 PM

    Don't know whether you'll be in Honolulu around June 11 (King Kamehameha Day), but Kawaihao Church usually puts on their annual luau around that date as part of their celebration. Kawaihao Church is the premiere native Hawaiian church. Its luau will give you a less glitzy but probably more authentic experience than the Feast at Lele.

    Kind of depends on what you consider the "best experience."

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    1. re: honu2
      girlstar May 1, 2012 09:20 AM

      Oh too bad :( We are in Maui on the 11th and coming to Honolulu on the 12th. Thanks thought :)

      1. re: girlstar
        KaimukiMan May 1, 2012 06:46 PM

        i think this year it is the 10/11, but it is listed on their calendar as a 'closed' event (members only)

        1. re: KaimukiMan
          honu2 May 1, 2012 08:14 PM

          Probably an attempt this year to limit protesters to the sidewalk outside the church grounds.

    2. Bill Hunt Mar 14, 2012 07:07 PM

      The only lu`au, that impressed me on O`ahu was one at Sea Life Park, but that was a really special deal, so does not count.

      Have done Old Lahaina, and thought it up there, near that big event at Sea Life Park. Have not done Feast of Lele, BUT have dined at I`o, and the executive chef is the same. Last dinner, we were right against the fence, that separated the Feast of Lele, and things "sounded" good, but I have never attended.

      There are a couple of fairly recent lu`au posts, that offer some first-hand experiences on O`ahu, so there might be something useful in those.



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      1. re: Bill Hunt
        syrahgirl Mar 31, 2012 11:32 AM

        The Feast at Lele was one of the highlights of our time in Maui last June. The food and service is incredible and the entertainment is first-class. We had seats front and center, I asked for them when I made the reservation a few weeks in advance and was thrilled when we got them! :)

        1. re: syrahgirl
          girlstar Apr 20, 2012 06:38 PM

          Thanks! We are going to book Feast at Lele. :)

          1. re: syrahgirl
            Bill Hunt Apr 21, 2012 09:05 PM

            Thank you for that info.

            I could only make some real, "round about" recs., based on dining next door, but against the wall, separating the two. The executive chef, between the two, is the same, and he really came through at the "neighbor" restaurant, I`o. Still, we had great food and wine, with the music only a few feet behind us - though we could not see the show.



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