Maui is a magical place, that is synonymous with nature, beauty, and culture. The island is full of mystery and wonder. One of the most incredible ways to experience the culture and history of the island is to participate in a Maui Laua, one of the traditional family activities that make Hawaii and it’s people special. The Hyatt’s Drums of the Pacific Luau does an amazing job of transporting you into the inner essence of Hawaiian culture.
Before the show begins, the staff will greet you with the warm Aloha spirit that Hawaii is known for. You will be ushered to a nice grassy knoll where you and your group will take a photo with an austere ocean background. After you have been photographed, you will be lined up in either one of two lines. The first would be the premier seating VIP line. This line entitles you to early entry and primary center stage up-front seating. The other line is for non-premium seating guests. I highly recommend paying for the premium seating, as it is only a few dollars more per person and worth the additional cost.
Depending on if you chose premium seating or not, seating is pretty quick and can be fun. If you are a VIP, you will be given entrance before everyone else. Each member of your group will receive a lei. Men will receive a rock lei and women a flower lei. You will also be handed a mai tai or other alcoholic beverage as you are lead by your personal table attendant to your section. If you opted for non-premier seating your group will be escorted to your table after the premiere guests have all been seated.
Pre-Show and Dinner Buffet
Once everyone is seated you will be treated to some local music performances. This is a great time to get to know the people at your table. Your table attendant will come by and introduce themselves. You will be offered a mai tai and several other drink options that the attendant will bring to you. There is also an open bar where you can order many other drinks.
During this settling in period, the MC will appear on stage and welcome everyone to the show. Your attention will be directed to the cooking kalua pig to the left of the stage. You will get to see the pig that has been cooking in the imu(underground oven), which is the traditional way to cook a kalua pig. You can smell the delicious scent of the pork as it is carried away to the kitchen.
Once the food has been prepared, you and your table will be taken to the buffet area. The food selection is incredible. There are many yummy items to choose from including items such as Kalua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Maui Potato Crusted Island Fish, Polynesian Style Fried Rice, Seasonal Vegetables w/Molokai Purple Sweet Potato, Creamed Taro Leaf w/Coconut Milk, Fresh Sliced Tropical Fruits, Pancit Noodle Salad. There are many more items that are too numerous to mention and many of the options are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. During dinner, you have the option to walk towards the beach to select from an assortment of delicious desserts.
The Main Show
The main show is a wonder to behold. You will feel the magic and mystery of how the Hawaiian islands became the beautiful place it is today. Through song, traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian dance, you will be told a story of how the first Polynesians reached the islands from Tahiti Nui. The show includes stories of love and loss, war and death, and new hope. During the show, you are still able to continuously drink and you can re-visit the buffet up until 30 minutes into the show’s progression.
The Voyaging Otea and Kahiko
The story begins with the tale of voyaging Otea(Tahiti). This tale celebrates the history Hawaiians Tahitian Ancestors making the arduous journey 2000 mile across the Pacific to Hawaii. This is followed immediately by a story told only at the Drums of the Pacific. The song that is performed gives homage to the HanaKao’0(Canoe Beach) to Kapalua. The Heroine of this tale is Nailima who calls upon the spirit of Wahine Pe’e to save her older brother from being held captive by their enemies.
The Aparima and Raro
The story changes up to represent the hip-shaking dances of the Tuamotus from French Polynesia. The signature drum dances of Rarotonga, honoring the Tavake bird that led the Hawaiian ancestors to the Hawaiian Islands are featured next.
The Tiare and Maori
The Tiare which is a production compares the first women to the precious and beautiful gardenias of France, is next. The tongue sticking, poi ball twirling, and spear thrusting skills of New Zealand’s Maori people are highlighted strongly in the primal elegance of the following showcase.
Love is felt in the air with the next performance, therefore a special hula tribute is danced in honor of all the lovers in the crowd. Couple’, those having anniversaries, celebrating honeymoons, or just romance, in general, are invited to dance with each other as the dancers perform a beautiful lovers hula dance
The IMPS(Maui) segment of the show honors special places on Maui such as Makawao, Kahului, and Hana. The Samoa dance sets highlight the over the top performances celebrated by entire villages on Samoa along with the fire knife fight. The fire knife fight is particularly exciting as performance dance with flaming weapons and consume fire.
Drums of the Pacific Finale
The Show finale is nothing less than a killer drum show, that emphasizes the shows name. This is bound to be an incredible memory for anyone who attends. Families, Parents, Children, Lovers, and friends will not be able to forget the inclusive magic of the show they just took part in.
After the Show
Once the curtains close, feel free to stay for a while and catch up with the other guests. Be sure to go the back table to see the photo that you and your group took earlier. The pictures of stunning high quality and are a perfect way to preserve the memory of your experience. Before you go, be sure to get your parking validated. Parking is free for those who’ve attended the show. Aloha!
Finally, for a sneak peak of the show, check out our YouTube experience video HERE!