Honua Kai Weather

Honua Kai Weather
October 24, 2014, 2:40 am
real feel: 74°F
humidity: 95%
wind speed: 7 mph NE
wind gusts: 9 mph
sunrise: 6:25 am
sunset: 5:57 pm
Forecast October 24, 2014
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
wind speed: 9 mph ENE
wind gusts: 13 mph
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
wind speed: 4 mph NE
wind gusts: 11 mph
Forecast October 25, 2014
Partly sunny with showers
Partly sunny with showers
wind speed: 7 mph E
wind gusts: 11 mph
wind speed: 2 mph ENE
wind gusts: 9 mph
Forecast October 26, 2014
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
wind speed: 9 mph ENE
wind gusts: 11 mph
wind speed: 7 mph ENE
wind gusts: 11 mph

Welcome to the Honua Kai Cafe

Welcome to the Honua Kai Cafe
(We have NO affiliation with the Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Nor IntraWest, nor Playground)


20 times now!!!  On October 11, 2013 Conde Nast readers voted Maui as the #1 island in the world for the 20th time!  Why vacation at any other island in the world but the #1 island – Maui?

This website celebrates the newest 5-star resort on Ka’anapali Beach, Maui; the Honua Kai (Ho-new-ah-keye) Resort & Spa.

We own a condo at the Honua Kai and are members of the Honua Kai “Ambassador Club” where owners can find guests to stay at ANY unit in the resort.  In return we get a small commission and you get THE best rates anywhere – nobody can offer you better rates.

So look at some of the pictures and ask a question if you have one (in the way of a comment which we will answer).  Then when you are ready click the icon below and you will enter the Ambassador Club reservations system with our owner number attached and get the best rates anywhere.

Need a studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, or three-bedroom at the Honua Kai?  Well click here and you will get THE best discounts available to anyone – you get our owner discount!  You will be brought direct to the Honua Kai Owner’s desk – you make your reservation direct with them with our discount number!  This is a win-win for both of us.

Ambassador Club

Honua Kai Owner’s deep discount reservations
that you can use too – just click the above icon

Click here to make a reservation. You will be asked for “Enter Membership Number” you can get it by clicking here.

There is a new website that does all the legwork for you comparing prices of all the places you can rent Honua Kai villas – Honua Kai Resort & Spa Rentals. In a matter of a few minutes you will have ALL your questions answered as to pricing and availability of Honua Kai villas.

Watch the below video – just click the picture

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Outside Pictures

Honua Kai Resort & Spa

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Duke's of Maui Restaurant is the brown ocean front building

Inside Pictures

Six Star Resort

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Treat yourself and stay at a true six star resort in Ka'anapali

How a Vacation Rental Can Make Your Travel Worthwhile and Affordable

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - for rentEven with the tough economic crunch, nothing is stopping people from packing their bags and enjoying some little sunshine in the tropics or skiing their woes away in Aspen. While the cost is a primary concern among many, they find that opting for a vacation rental alleviates a wide-range of travel dramas. So just what makes this travel accommodation special? Here are a few simple benefits that might hook you into choosing one for your next getaway.


There is no shortage of vacation rental. If you’re planning to travel anywhere in the country, it will be impossible not to find a property owner that offers a rental in an area you choose. This makes holiday rentals quite easy to access. Their fortunate ubiquity is the product of the increasing popularity of the rental industry fueled by another factor: affordable real estate.


And because vacation rentals are prevalent in any part of the country, the world eve, this makes it easier to find a specific property in a travel hotspot. Rental investors typically pick locations that get significant rate of visits from travelers; and since you’re their demographic, you’ll find it easy to spot a holiday rental in your planned destination.

These properties are also too often strategically located to provide renters easy access to some of the most exciting tourist spots in their destination. This in turn will cut transportation expenses that usually run the bill during vacations.


These properties are home themselves. What you find in your home will most likely be present in them. From the sofa to the bed to the kitchen appliances, almost everything will be included in these properties. Not only that. Many property owners who cater to upscale travelers equip their properties with top-notch amenities the set it apart from the rest.

You’ll luxury options quite alluring with their home theater system, lavish pools and state-of-the-art kitchen. And speaking of kitchens, you don’t have to worry about expensive restaurant dining because most, if not all, rental properties have a well-equipped kitchen.


Hotels and other travel accommodations also offer a level of privacy for their customers. In a vacation property, however, there is no staff to bother you, no children running around the hallways, or busy lobbies. You can enjoy full temporary ownership of the home without the bothersome aspect of hotel accommodation.

Yet while a vacation rental may seem perfect, it isn’t without flaws. Its lack of staff means you have to pay for after-care or clean the property yourself before you leave, depending on your arrangement with the owner. But that is a small price to pay with a travel accommodation that is a vacation unto itself.

Bosch Oven and Stove Top – Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Bosch Oven and Stove Top

This is a high-tech Bosch oven and there is a display panel at the top with 2 touch pads, one on the left and one on the right with  circular knob to the right:

Left touch pad:

  • Light – turns oven light on and off
  • Time – timer is displayed and can be programmed with the Circular Knob
  • Off – turns oven off

Right touch pad:

  • Cooking Mode  – press this for Pre-heat or heat with the Circular Knob
  • Temperature – press this and use the Circular Knob to change the temperature
  • Start – starts the oven

Circular Knob:

  • Turning this clockwise or counter clockwise changes numbers displayed.

Stove Top

The 4 stove top knobs control the various heating elements.  All are intuitive in usage except the knob at the far right.

The far right knob has a few meanings:

Turning the knob to the right (clockwise) controls ALL the heating elements of the right heating element nearest you.  Turning the knob to the left (Counter clockwise) controls only the outer ring of the heating element.

What To Do And See When Vacationing On Maui

Lahaina Harbor - whale watching starts here!

Have you recently booked a stay at a Maui vacation rental? Whether your next trip to Maui is intended to be a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a trip with a group of your friends, you will likely want to get out and explore all that this beautiful Hawaiian Island has to offer. The good news is that there are no shortage of activities for you to participate in and attractions for you to visit on the island of Maui.

Before focusing on a few of the many Maui activities you can enjoy or the Maui attractions that you can visit, it is first important to take location into consideration. Although Maui is relatively small in size, the location of your Maui vacation rental will have a significant impact on the Maui activities you are able to participate in, as well as the Maui attractions you are able to visit. With that in mind, no matter where your Maui vacation rental is located, boredom will be the last thought on your mind.

One of the most popular activities in Maui is that of sailing. If you have a love for the water or would like to experience all that the ocean has to give firsthand, you will want to plan a sailing adventure on your next Maui trip. What is nice about this Maui activity is that you have a number of different options. If you are an experienced sailor, you may be able to rent your own sailboat. If sailing is something new that you would like to experience, you can book a reservation aboard a chartered sailboat, where you are able to sit back and relax.

In keeping with boating, one of the most sought after activities in Maui is that of whale watching. If you are not originally from a coastal location, whale watching in Maui is an experience that you will likely never forget. The only downside to this fun activity is that whale watching is a seasonal activity. With that in mind, you will find that many boating companies and small whale watching cruises take reservations from December to May.

In addition to water and beach related activities in Maui, you will also find a number of fun filled land activities as well. Many tourists highly recommend taking a guided helicopter tour over Maui. These helicopter tours are often affordably priced and well worth every penny. In addition to Maui helicopter tours, you may also enjoy a horseback ride along the coast or a hiking adventure through the beautiful lands of Maui. No matter where your Maui vacation rental is located, you should have a number of national parks and other attractions nearby.

Speaking of national parks and other attractions, you will find that there are number of great attractions for you to visit while on Maui. One of the many Maui attractions you will want to take the time to visit, depending on the location of your Maui vacation rental, is that of the Haleakala National Park. The Haleakala National Park is home to the world’s largest dormant volcano. When exploring the Haleakala National Park, you have the option of doing so by car, foot, or bike.

If your Maui vacation rental is located near Lahaina, you will want to make a stop there. The biggest attraction in Lahaina is the banyan tree. Lahaina is home to one of the world’s largest banyan trees. In addition to visiting this world famous tree, you and your traveling party can also visit the many shops nearby, as well as a number of restaurants, many of which are referred to as fine dining restaurants.

If your Maui vacation rental is located along the southern end of Maui, you will want to visit the island of Molokini. This island is located around three miles out from shore. It is home to a number of great Maui activities, many of which are perfect for adventure vacations, as well as romantic getaways. While on a guided tour to Molokini, you can also enjoy a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure.

As a reminder, the Maui attractions you will be able to visit, as well as the activities that you will be able to participate in will depend heavily on your Maui vacation rental and its location. If you have already booked a Maui vacation rental, you will want to examine nearby activities and attractions.

Duke’s Beach House

Ocean Front at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Maui finally can welcome the legend of Duke Kahanamoku to its dining scene at
Duke’s Beach House

Duke’s Beach House has taken the island of Maui by storm!  Every night of the year has every seat booked – it is that good.  If you want to eat dinner at Duke’s you need to call for a reservation – I can assure you that if you show up between 5 PM and 6 PM you face a 90 minute wait at the minimum.

To make a reservation call:

(808) 662-2900

Make a Reservation by Clicking Here!

Duke’s is located ocean front at the Honua Kai Resort & Spa – this website is dedicated to owners and guests at the Honua Kai.  While you are at Duke’s take a stroll around the grounds and the next time you visit Maui why not just book a 5-star villa with us?  Click the top line of this page that says “Book our villa” and read more.

Dukes is wwned and operated by Maui-based T S Restaurants – the parent company of eight Hawaii restaurants including Maui’s own Kimo’s, a landmark in Lahaina since 1977 – Duke’s Beach House provide sguests an authentic Hawaiian dining experience and a glimpse into the life of the restaurant’s namesake, Duke Kahanamoku.

“In the tradition of T S Restaurants, guests at Duke’s Beach House will love the restaurant as much for its period-inspired interiors and outdoor dining area, as for its service with aloha and delicious food,” said Bill Terry, T S Restaurants Vice President Hawaii Operations. “Duke Kahanamoku was all about sharing the aloha spirit and our new Maui restaurant will reflect his love for the Hawaiian culture.”

Fresh, locally sourced ingredients will be featured throughout the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. “The cuisine is Hawaiian influenced with a focus on fresh, sustainable seafood and premium steaks,” said Shaughn Helliar, General Manager of Duke’s Beach House. “The team at Duke’s Beach House is looking forward to providing the residents and visitors of Maui with the Duke’s dining experience they know and love from our other locations, enhanced by a locally inspired menu.”

Duke’s Beach House will overlook the crystal waters of Ka`anapali North Beach. The scale and ambiance of this open air restaurant will be more residential in feel than other Duke’s restaurants. The renowned design team, Philpotts and Associates, will be responsible for the décor which will feature an extensive collection of Duke Kahanamoku memorabilia, including period photographs, koa outrigger canoes, vintage surfboards and Hawaiiana. Duke’s Beach House will be the 13th location for T S Restaurants and will join the ranks of the other Duke’s Restaurants in Waikiki, Kauai, Huntington Beach and Malibu.

Honua Kai Resort and Spa, situated along nearly 40 beachfront acres on Ka`anapali North Beach, is the first whole ownership resort and spa development of its kind to open on Ka`anapali Beach in more than 25 years. “We are thrilled to welcome Duke’s Beach House,” said Ed Sowers, General Manager of Honua Kai Resort and Spa. “We have a commitment to creating an ambiance where visitors and homeowners can experience connection to family, friends, sand, sea and aloha and Duke’s Beach House reflects that promise.”

T S Restaurants

Founded in 1977 by Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten, T S Restaurants is one of the top dinner house chains in Hawaii. The company owns and operates 12 restaurants in Hawaii and California, including Duke’s Waikiki and Hula Grill Waikiki on Oahu; Kimo’s, Leilani’s on the Beach, and Hula Grill Ka`anapali on Maui; Duke’s Kauai and Keoki’s Paradise on Kauai; and Jake’s Del Mar, Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge, The La Quinta Cliffhouse, Duke’s Malibu and Duke’s Huntington Beach in California. For more information about T S Restaurants visit www.tsrestaurants.com.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Honua Kai Resort & Spa offers a uniquely contemporary Hawaiian experience. Situated on the oceanfront of pristine Ka`anapali North Beach, Honua Kai Resort & Spa is a master plan of resort accommodations positioned in two U-shaped buildings with ocean and mountain views, lush landscaping and expansive open spaces. The openness is mirrored in each of the 628 studio, one, two and three bedroom guest suites with fully-equipped kitchens, spacious and homelike floor plans, and luxury resort services. An imaginative aqua network of pools, hot tubs, natural pond bridges, waterslide, waterfalls and fountains allows for privacy and play.

Read more at this post

Timeshare: The Inside Look at Timeshare Industry

Honua Kai Resort & Spa - timesharesIn the beginning, the concept of purchasing a timeshare to make vacations more affordable was a good idea. Over the years the timeshare industry has developed a negative image. Commission driven salesmen will tell you that timeshares are a good deal. In most cases, timeshares turn out to be a better deal for the pushy salesmen and the owner of the timeshare property.

There are many people that love their timeshares and are happy that they purchased a timeshare. Other people were sucked into buying a timeshare at a high pressure sales presentation. They experience “buyer’s remorse” immediately. Most timeshare deals are legitimate but there are plenty of scams and shady deals in the timeshare industry. Over aggressive salesmen use high pressure sales tactics to lure people into buying timeshares. They provide inaccurate information to close the deal. Stricter laws covering the sale of timeshares have help to curve these unscrupulous sale tactics. When you attend a sales presentation, never make an impulsive decision and never sign on the spot.

Timeshare is a shared ownership of a property that is used by its owner at different times, usually in one week intervals. There are different types of ownerships that determine how long you own the timeshare. Ownership means the property is deeded to you and you have a share in the unit. If the property is deeded to you, it can be sold, given away or left to family members in a will. The “right to use” timeshares gives you the right to use the property for a certain amount of years. The property owner retains ownership.

The money that you spend to own a timeshare can be costly. Besides the initial payment to purchase the timeshare, there are maintenance fees. Maintenance fees are use for improvements and the upkeep of the vacation property. Most maintenance fees increase every year.

Many timeshare owners feel burned by the timeshare trap. The promises that were made at the sales presentation never materialized. Timeshares are not a good investment because their values depreciate over time. In these tough economic times, many timeshare owners can’t afford to take a vacation and they can’t afford to pay the maintenance fees or the annual taxes.

If one must purchase a timeshare, he or she should try to buy a timeshare on the resale market instead because when you buy from the developer you are paying for all the marketing, promotions and freebies they give away, to entice you to attend their sales presentation.

The Honua Kai is surrounded by timeshare projects – to the south is the Westin and to the north is the Ka’anapali Beach Club.  We own timeshares and if used properly and wisely they allow for nice vacations.  However, the learning curve is huge.

Whale Watching Season, in Maui, Commences in November

Close to Thanksgiving, humpback whales start arriving in Maui. Humpbacks migrate off their Alaskan feeding grounds each and every year in order to give birth, raise their young whales, mate, and go back to Alaska in April. The seas all around Maui are teaming with whales playing, courting, nurturing their young, and also merely enjoying a warm respite ?n the icy waters of the arctic.

Humpbacks never eat anything while in the warm Hawaiian waters – krill, their favorite food, don’t inhabit warm waters but exclusively in arctic oceans. So even though they will spend winter in Maui they will eliminate around one-third their body weight.

The beginning of December ?s definitely an ideal time for you to visit Maui — just in advance of the demanding holiday season while fellow people will be just starting to shovel snow back on the mainland. Airline tickets price a great deal less together with hotels charge you a lot a great deal less as compared to they generally do in January.

The Honua Kai Resort & Spa is where to stay and you will see whales from your villa’s lanai, if you have an ocean view. The Honua Kai is the latest as well as the hottest 5-star vacation resort in Maui found on the 1 beach inside the world Ka’anapali Beach within northern Maui. The reviews are in and they’re definitely tremendous.

We’ve taken whale watching tours for decade and my personal recommendation is to locate adventure firms which specialize in Zodiac boats. A Zodiac is the only approach to get up and personal with a whale the length of a school bus. Expecting mothers in addition to persons with back complications or recent surgery are not permitted to ride on Zodiacs.

Probably the most bang for the buck activity in Maui happens to be a Zodiac ride for 2 hours hunting for whales. Every single one of our trips have been exceptional not to mention enjoyable. We’ve met some people have to whom in point of fact go whale watching each day even though in Maui! If you take a lot of outings sticking with the same adventure firm you will get Pre-Boarding status then grab the finest seats.

Bring a hat and also sunglasses – polarized sunglasses are really a great deal superior to traditional types – you can see the whales swim beneath the boat with polarized styles. Furthermore, put suntan lotion on any kind of uncovered skin because the UV rays burn even on cloudy days.

Arrive nearly thirty minutes in advance of the boarding time as well as after you do you is going to be provided with a numbered ticket – the lower numbers are permitted onto the vessel first. This kind of activity has a great discount which essentially has adults buying tickets priced for kids prices if you buy your tickets through the firm.

Honua Kai Resort & Spa Terms and Conditions

Why am I the Best Value Rental Source?

First, please click here to compare my rates to all the big rental agencies which handle renting Honua Kai villas – it’s an eye-opener!  Let me recap the results:

There are many things to consider when doing such a comparison and here are the things I accounted for:

  • Family of 4
  • 1-bedroom partial ocean view
  • $10/day parking fee not included in prices since they are collected at the front desk at the Honua Kai when you check-in.

I just finished the comparison today, March 21, 2010 and there it is:

Source Rent/day Rent Fees Taxes Total /day
ME $189 $1,323 $135 $183.17 $1,641.17 $234.45
Ambassador Club $443
$455 $416.16 $3,972.16 $567.46
RoyalHawaii.com $453 $3,171 $455 $425.55 $4,051.55 $578.79
Booking.com* $453 $3,171 $455 $425.55 $4,051.55 $578.79
Travelocity $453 $3,171 $455 $425.55 $4,051.55 $578.79
Hotels.com $468 $3,276 $455 $439.64 $4,170.64 $595.81
Expedia.com $468 $3,276 $455 $439.64 $4,170.64 $595.81
Orbitz.com* $496 $3,469 $455 $465.56 $4,389.27 $627.04

* these sources had no partial ocean views available

As an owner at the Honua Kai my rates partially cover my mortgage, maintenance fees, and reserves needed to do deep cleaning twice a year and reserves for replacement of furniture, fixtures, and equipment on a timely basis and to cover expenses incurred while renting my villa.

So the question is why the HUGE difference in price?  Profit of those companies/agencies is the answer of course.

But to be fair, there is more.  Some/all of the above companies get into:

  • Profit – all are companies that employee a staff and computers to handle renting of my fellow owners’ villas.
  • Travel agents/companies use the above to book reservations at the Honua Kai and there is a bounty returned to those agents
  • Loans – some of my competition extend credit terms to renters like “2 nights payable now and the rest paid 7-days before check in”  just who finances that money not collected?
  • Insurance – ALL of my competition allow renters to cancel and get back most/all their cash if they cancel the reservation.  All those broken reservations mean villas going unrented – you pay for that in one way or another

I don’t do any of the above.  Let’s go further and analyze the terms and conditions of rentals assuming the reservation is made and taken:

Source Terms Conditions Cost
Me 100% up front No refunds $131*
Ambassador Club 100% up front 7 days before 100% back then 2 days charge $2,330.99
Travelocity 100% up front 7 days before 100% back then 2 days charge $2,410.38
Booking.com 2 days charge 7 days before 100% back then 2 days charge $2,410.38
Hotels.com 100% up front 7 days before 100% back then 2 days charge $2,529.47
Expedia.com 100% up front 7 days before 100% back then 2 days charge $2,529.47
Orbitz 100% up front 100% back before 2 days of check-in;then all lost $2,748.10
Royal Hawaiian $125/person;bal 55 days Before 18 days $100 fee, then 2 days charge $2,410.38
800 Hotels 100% up front 3 days before get 80% back, then all lost $2,410.38

* the $131 cost is for trip insurance on $1,641, which is my rental fee.

My goal is to offer you the least expensive rent which is not full of thousands of dollars of overhead covering financing options and insurance fees.  As you see when you do it this way renting from me saves you at least 50% over going with the big rental companies.

It’s much less expensive to rent from me, buy travel insurance, and save a lot of money – a lot.

I want to deal with smart/educated customers and the more I can help you understand what’s going on the better I look!

5-Star Rates not at Holiday Times

Honua Kai V other 5-stars at non Holiday Times

In my last post I gave a comparison of how the Honua Kai is a fantastic bargain during the most expensive time of the year in Maui – Christmas week.  How about normal times in Maui?  Is the Honua Kai still a great deal among 5-star resorts?  Well here is the comparison:

Continue reading 5-Star Rates not at Holiday Times

Maui Luaus

Luaus on Maui

This way to the Luau

Every time we visit Maui we try a different Luau – you can’t visit Maui and not take in a Luau if you call yourself a traveler.  Every Luau is different and specializes in different things – that’s why you must visit a number of them to get the complete Hawaiian experience.  However, only choose one per visit – its like eating too much ice cream.

A luau is a Hawaiian hula dancing show with Hawaiian dinner and drinks.

A luau is a party put on by hotels and companies that specialize in doing Luaus.  The Luau takes place as the Maui sun sets and the tiki lights are lit – something you will remember for years to come.   Most Luaus are a flat fee per person and include:

  • All-you-can-eat buffet dinner
  • Stage show of hula dancers and perhaps fire dancers
  • Hawaiian music with Hawaiian singers
  • Hawaiian drinks

Included in most Luaus menu:

  • Kalua shredded pork cooked underground in a Hawaiian pit for many hours
  • Mahi-mahi – grilled or baked fish
  • Lomi salm – cured-smoke salmon chopped with tomatoes and onions
  • Teriyaki chicken and/or beef
  • Salads and fruit
  • Taro rolls and breads
  • Poi – a purple looking paste that some folks just love and many don’t
  • Deserts which normally include Haupia – a Hawaiian coconut pudding

Everyone gets a flower lei

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Old Lahaina Luau 800-248-5828
This is the #1 Luau in Maui – nothing else gets close.  However its really geared for adults and kids will find it a bore. Those who want a more serious show that teaches some culture and history, and has the most authentic Hawaiian show and food the Old Lahaina Luau is for you.

This is THE most expensive Luau on Maui and there are no fire dancers – which are not really Hawaiian anyway.  Forget discounts they are not available anywhere.  This luau is so popular that they are sold out months in advance during the holidays.  They have reserved seating and the closest seats are on mats on the ground, but most seats are in more comfortable chairs at tables.

If you want to Luau at this location please use the below link and check availability and sign up early.  It’s worth every penny.
Old Lahaina Luau website

Feast at Lele 866-244-5353

The owners of the Old Lahaina Luau own the Feast at Lele and they are completely different.  I like the Feast at Lele since its just like a restaurant on the beach that serves a Luau.  There are 4 folks per table and the table and chairs are actually on the Lahaina beach – its cool.

This is about the most expensive luau on Maui, and is almost never discounted.  We have been to this Luau and it is worth every penny – it’s fantastic.  Lahaina used to be known as Lele and hence the name of the Luau.

Many Luaus seat 400 guests but this Luau has a limit of 150.  The food is very authentic to many Polynesian islands not just Hawaii.  This has got to be my favorite Luau on any of the Hawaiian Islands.

Feast at Lele website

Hyatt Luau 808-661-1234
The luau at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort on Ka’anapali Beach is the best luau for kids and families bar none; it’s called “Drums of the Pacific.”  Compared to the Old Lahaina Luau it’s more fun and less serious.  The show includes fire dancers, touristy songs, and kids are often invited up on stage for one of the numbers.  Buying your tickets way ahead of time means nothing since seating is first-come first-served on the night of the Luau; this means showing up early and waiting in line will get you in ahead of the crowd so you can choose a closer seat to the show.  Prices here are always discounted, so shop around for the best deal.
Hyatt luau website

Kaanapali Beach Luau 808-661-3611
This is the luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort Hotel; it’s similar to the Hyatt luau and is fun for the whole family.  This is THE least expensive luau on Maui because it is discounted by multiple activities sellers.  But it may be discontinued in the next year or so because the grounds where it is held will be taken over by the remodeling of the entire Royal Lahaina property.
Royal Lahaina luau website