New Luxury Luau Coming to the Andaz Maui

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The much-discussed Andaz Maui that you can (sometimes) book with World of Hyatt points is adding a luxury luau to their line-up activities. This new experience will take place on Sunday and Tuesday evenings on their ‘iconic grassy lawn’. The luau, called The Feast at Mokapu, will begin at 5:30 and run for about three hours as the sun sets next to the ocean. This luau will involve interactive story-telling, an ‘ohana style meal from the Executive Chef, as well as handcrafted cocktails ‘personalized to your liking’. Having stayed at this resort a few times, there is no doubt that their large green space was screaming for an activity just like this.

The price for this very delicious-sounding and luxurious Hawaiian evening by the water?

Well, that’s the bad news. It is $200 – $250 per person for those ages 12 and up, and $100 – $125 for those ages 6- 12, depending on whether you select “premium” or “classic” seating. That price includes your lei greeting, valet parking, meal, unlimited drinks, an 8 x 10 photo, and of course the evening’s entertainment.

The Andaz Maui is located in an upscale and beautiful part of Maui. Their food and drinks that I have enjoyed on previous trips have generally been outstanding, so I have no doubt that this event will indeed turn out to be a ‘luxury luau’, a term I had never heard of until today. That said, holy sticker shock. A family of four with two kids in the 6 – 12-year-old age range will have to pay a minimum of $600 to attend this luau with standard seating. If that same family wanted premium seats, it will be $750 for the tickets…and these are pre-tax amounts. Once the kids are teenagers, the price increases. Children 5 and under and thankfully complimentary, so the overall price isn’t as terrible for families with young kiddos.

To give you a little price point reference, the Drums of the Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency Maui across the island retails for $119 for those 13+ and is $74 for kids 6 – 12. However, they almost always seem to have a ‘kids free’ promotion going on, so a family of four with kids 6 – 12 could often see that show for a more palatable $238.

 

My favorite Hawaiian luau that we have attended, the Smith Family Luau on Kauai, is $98 for adults, $30 for children 7 – 13, and $19 for kids 3 – 6. It isn’t necessarily luxurious, but it sure is fun and yummy.

The new Feast at Mokapu is not only a little more expensive than other luau options, it is a lot more expensive, especially for families.

Smith Family Luau on Kauai

I’m glad to see the Andaz Maui has added a family-friendly activity to their line-up of events, but the price is a little staggering, especially if you need to purchase multiple tickets. That said, if you make it to this luxury luau that begins on April 3, 2018, I’d love to hear about your experience.

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Comments

  1. Attending a luau is a lot like watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Something that’s worth doing once, but then quickly apparent that there would be no good reason to ever do it again.

  2. There is NO “luau” worth paying the kind of money they are asking. Sorry folks, but any “luau” by a hotel is so fake.

    True luaus does NOT have chicken, steak, noodles, or sautéed or fried frozen fish.

  3. If you want to see a luau, I recommend the one at the Tahiti Nui in Hanalei, on Kauai. The blue guidebook that everyone has, Kauai Revealed, describes it as like your really talented distant cousin’s family reunion, in a good way. It’s relatively affordable and the food is delicious, and the price includes mai tais.

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