Drums of the Pacific Luau History

Maui’s most exciting luau is also the island’s longest running show. Drums of the Pacific Luau has entertained more than 2 million visitors since the opening of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in 1980.

Sharing the legends and stories of Maui and Polynesia, Drums of the Pacific Luau shows the contrast of island cultures, from the lyrical Hawaiian hula, to the spectacular Samoan fire-knife dance, to the pulsating drum dances of Tahiti. The revue also emphasizes the connections and similarities across cultures, most importantly in how guests are welcomed. Polynesian cultures demand that visitors be treated well, fed well and welcomed with songs and dances; a lu’au is an expression of hospitality.

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Program :

VOYAGING OTEA (Tahiti)

Settled first by Tahiti Nui, the Hawaiians acknowledge and celebrate the skill of their Tahitian kupuna or ancestors that first navigated the vast Pacific Ocean using their expert knowledge of the sea, sky and elements of nature to direct their voyage of over 2,000 miles!

KAHIKO (Maui)

An exclusive story told only at the Drums of the Pacific “Nani O Makaiwa” sings the praises of the area that spans from Hanakao’o (Canoe Beach) to Kapalua. Nailima, a young sister calls upon the owl guardian, the spirit Wahine Pe’e to save her brother being held captive by rival warriors.

APARIMA (Tuamotus)

The spirited hip shaking dances of the Tuamotus, the coral atolls in French Polynesia

RARO (Rarotonga)

The drum dances of Rarotonga praising the Tavake bird that led the ancestors to new land

TIARE

A breathtaking signature production showcase that tells of the legend comparing the first woman created and the delicate French gardenia, the Tiare flower.

MAORI (New Zealand)

The festival dances of the Maori people of New Zealand demonstrating battle skills through tongue sticking, poi ball twirling and spear thrusting.

WEDDING

A romantic hula tribute to those lovers celebrating honeymoons, anniversaries, or just plain in love.

IMPS (Maui)

Honoring the special places of Maui – Makawao, Kahului, Hana with the implements of Hawaii.

SAMOA

The exciting dances of the Samoas depicting the lavish celebrations where entire villages compete through song and dance.

FIREKNIFE (Samoa)

Always the show stopper with the daring and highly skilled art of fire dancing and flame eating.

FINALE

A spectacular drum farewell leaving a parting gift to the guests of a memorable evening.

Drums of the Pacific Luau producer, Tihati Productions, is Hawaii’s premier Polynesian entertainment company with more than 40 years of experience and appearances on major television shows and at the White House by personal invitation of President Obama in 2000.

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