Hyatt Luau Maui – Kaanapali
Hawaiian culture is unique in that it has influences from several islands in the South Pacific that once made up Polynesia. The culture draws its influences from New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Samoa. The Hawaiian Islands were discovered about 1,500 years ago by the Polynesian people. The Hawaiian Islands were only discovered by European explorers in 1779. In 1795, a battle took place on the southern shores of Oahu in an effort made by Kamehameha I to unite the islands. However, the islands did not become united until 1810 when the Kamehameha dynasty came into reign. Finally, the islands became a U.S. territory in 1898.
A visit to Hawaii would not be complete with experiencing the excitement of a beachfront Maui luau. Traditionally, Hawaiian luaus are feasts that celebrate special occasions and is a deeply rooted cultural tradition. A luau feast traditionally includes stone-fired pork as the main dish, with an assortment of side dishes to be shared among the group, such as steamed rice. As part of societal and religious taboos, men and women were not allowed to eat together and those who were not royalty were not allowed to eat certain foods. In 1819, King Kamehameha II abolished these traditions and enjoyed a feast with men, women, and non-royals alike. The term luau was derived from the popular dish of chicken and taro leaves that are baked in coconut milk. The traditional pork that is served is called Imu steamed pork. This dish is prepared by using an underground oven to cook the pork. In fact, the word imu translates directly to “underground oven”. This dish is also sometimes called Kalua pork. After cooking for several hours in the underground pit made of banana leaves and hot rocks, the result is a tender, traditional pork dish.
Luaus are still commonly celebrated throughout the islands and typically involve participants eating as a group around a large table ornamented with native florals. At many luaus, especially those on resorts, traditional hula dancing is incorporated into the festivities to educate and entertain guests. Hula is a tradition in Hawaii that dates back thousands of years. Ancient Hawaiians used hula dancing as a way to pass stories and legends on to others without the use of a written language. Once a language was developed, hula dancing remained part of Hawaiian tradition and culture and is still practiced today.
The best way to learn about a culture is to become completely immersed in it. The Hyatt Regency Resort displays Polynesian history and culture through traditional song and hula dancing with the ideal beachfront luau. The resort style atmosphere enables you to sit comfortably and watch history unfold right before your eyes while eating as much delectable cuisine as you can hold. Situated on the award-winning Kaanapali Beach, you will witness graceful hula dancers tell the story of the Hawaiian people through movement. The setting sun and the beat of a drum will signify the beginning of your thrilling evening. Due to the absence of a written language, ancient Hawaiians told their stories and legends through hula dance. You will be immersed in Hawaiian culture and history at the Hyatt Luau Maui as you watch the hula dancers interpretively move their way through the ancient story. You will know your night is coming to an end when a Samoan fire-knife dancer ends the show with his thrilling presentation. Be sure and arrive hungry because this Maui resort offers its guests a plentiful buffet filled with tempting Polynesian foods such as Imu steamed pork, fresh fish, chicken, vegetables, and rice. If you leave room for dessert, be sure to sample some of the items from the dessert bar. While attending a Maui luau at the Hyatt Regency will create many lasting memories, be sure to check out Kaanapali Beach during the day.
Once named America’s Best Beach and consistently named one of the best beaches in Maui, Kaanapali Beach boasts three miles of sugary white sand and crystal-clear water that’s situated in Maui off Highway 30. Kaanapali Beach offers a serene alternative to busier beaches and still features other entertaining activities whenever it is time to brush off the sand. Home to Hawaii’s first planned resort, Kaanapali Beach once served as a serene retreat for Maui’s affluent crowd. The beach is still lined with high-end shopping, restaurants, and seven resorts, giving everyone something to do. Watch daring individuals jump from the cliffs of Black Rock or, if you have your own adventurous streak, join them for an adrenaline-raising activity. The waters around Black Rock also create ideal snorkeling conditions where you can view tropical fish and turtles. If simply unwinding and soaking in the idyllic vistas are more your speed, then you are in luck. Kaanapali Beach provides the perfect setting to kick back, unwind, and enjoy your sun-soaked day. As you gaze out into the horizon, you will see clear, blue waters and the outline of the surrounding islands and feel the warm breeze coming off the ocean. Kaanapali Beach is also the perfect setting to take a quiet, romantic walk on the beach. Don’t worry about bad weather, because the weather stays consistently warm and sunny throughout the year. As your day unwinds, watch the horizon to view a stunning Maui sunset and prepare for the fun-fill island night ahead.
Your trip to Maui will not be complete if you leave without experiencing the luau at the Hyatt Regency Resort and the natural beauty of the surrounding Kaanapali Beach. It is a great option for families looking to engage their children in an educational experience while still keeping their attention; and, with all of the food and drink options at the luau, there is sure to be something to please everyone’s palate. Since the Hyatt Regency is conveniently situated on Kaanapali Beach, you can spend your day participating in fun beach activities and end your day with a thrilling dinner you and your family will not soon forget. Come and make your time in Maui memorable by learning about Hawaiian culture and food through a truly unique experience.