I’ve been drooling over the menu at Maui’s Feast at Lele for the past decade. My friend had her destination wedding reception there years ago and it sounded beyond amazing! We hadn’t had an opportunity to getaway much on our past trips to Maui, except for our Babymoon Date Night at Roy’s. So when my mother-in-law volunteered to watch our kids for date night, I knew exactly where I wanted to go.

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The Cuisine

Feast at Lele in Lahaina, Maui
Sipping on yummy drinks while watching the sun slowly set in Lahaina was a great way to start our date night.

The Feast at Lele was birthed from the creators of the Old Lahaina Luau and Pacific’O Restaurant. The cuisine at the Feast at Lele is not your typical luau fare. It’s more like fine dining on the beach. There is an appetizer, four small-plate entree courses and a dessert course. And the drinks keep coming all night long. The best part is that you don’t have to wait in a buffet line.

FIRST COURSE FROM HAWAII
The Hawaiian course at Feast at Lele.
The Hawaiian course at Feast at Lele.
Kalua Pua’a:
This kalua pork was repared in a traditional cooking style, slow-roasted in an underground oven called an imu. My husband and I actually wished there was more poi so we could eat it with the kalua pork. That flavor combination is one of our favorites and we don’t get it very often.
Lomi Lomi Salmon & Kalo Puree:
Sous vide cooked Salmon with pickled onions, green onions, island tomato & Hawaiian black sea salt.
Chef’s Special–Bamboo and Carmelized Pineapple Rice:
Bamboo pineapple rice with carmelized pepper pineapple.
SECOND COURSE FROM AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND
Course from New Zealand at Feast at Lele.
Course from New Zealand at Feast at Lele.

Miti Hangi:
5 hour island scented braised beef in a kiwi fruit jus.

Harore Kumara:
Medley of stewed mushrooms over baked orange & purple sweet potato.

Chef’s Special–Pikopiko Fern Salad:
Fern shoots and pumpkin with dried koura rangi (shrimp) dressing.
THIRD COURSE FROM TAHITI
Course from Tahiti at Feast at Lele.
Course from Tahiti at Feast at Lele.
Moa:
Grilled mango ginger chicken with a Tahitian lime aioli & mango relish.
E-iaota (Poisson Cru):
Fresh island diced fish & vegetable marinated in coconut milk & lime juice.
Chef’s Special–Tahitian Baked Shrimp:
Baked shrimp with cream coconut butter and ocean salad.
FOURTH COURSE FROM SAMOA
Course from Samoa at Feast at Lele.
Course from Samoa at Feast at Lele.
Palusami:
Braised coconut cream corned beef with baked ulu wrapped in young taro leaf.
Stew Figota:
Fresh island fish with mussels, clam & shrimp stew.
Chef’s Special–Pani Popo:
Baked soft taro roll in creamy coconut milk.
DESSERT
Dessert course at Feast at Lele.
Dessert course at Feast at Lele.

Vanilla coconut mousseline cake:
Cake with caramelized pineapple & salted caramel.

Whipped haupia cream:
Topped with island fruit sauce.

The Show

House band at Feast at Lele in Lahaina, Maui
I thought the house band was pretty good and they played a great mix of songs.

The entertainment was what I expected from a luau, only in bite-sized chunks. The house band played during the dining portions and for some of the performances. I’m pretty familiar with Hawaiian music, so I was happy to hear a lot of songs I recognized. They definitely set the stage for a relaxing evening.

Blowing conch shell at Feast at Lele on Maui.
This man is blowing the conch shell at the beginning of the entertainment portion of the evening.

At the luaus I’ve been to in the past, someone usually blows a conch shell on stage to signify the start of the event. I thought it was super cool that they took advantage of the oceanfront location. A man blew a conch shell to welcome a canoe.

Ali`i at Feast at Lele on Maui
I loved seeing this representation of an ali`i, member of Hawaiian royalty, at a luau!
Hula kahiko at Feast at Lele
The main show started off with a traditional hula kahiko.
Hula auana, modern hula, with Hawaiian implements.
Hula auana, modern hula, with Hawaiian implements.
Maori haka performance at Feast at Lele
Maori haka performance.
Men's Tahitian performance at Feast at Lele
Men’s Tahitian performance.
Samoan men and women performance at Feast at Lele
Samoan men and women performance.

Overall Experience

My husband and I really enjoyed the Feast at Lele for our Maui date night. The different types of food gave us a lot to talk about during the breaks in the show. We love dates that encourage us to try something new. And the service at the Feast at Lele was impressive! When our kids get a little bit older, we will probably bring them to this show.

7 Reasons Why the Feast at Lele is the Ultimate Maui Date Night:

Thumbing through the menu at Feast at Lele was a fun way to get excited for the evening!
Thumbing through the menu at Feast at Lele was a fun way to get excited for the evening!
  1. Fresh Flower Lei. Many ladies love getting flowers on date night. Why not make that a fresh flower lei? It’s a lovely way to kick off a date night!
  2. Unlimited Tasty Drinks. Usually at a luau, the choices are watered down juice or a watered down Mai Tai. At the Feast at Lele, there is a wide assortment of tropical cocktails, an extensive wine list and many non-alcoholic options. Plus, they can make virgin versions of most of the cocktails, so it’s perfect for people on their Babymoon.
  3. Sunset Photographer. Since the Feast at Lele is located on the beach in Lahaina on the West shore of Maui, it’s in an ideal location to watch the sunset. What’s even better is that there are two photographers ready to take photos of you and your date with the gorgeous sunset in the background. It’s totally optional and you can go back as many times as you like. We went twice.
  4. Beach Stroll Opportunity. After you check in and grab your drink, there’s a bit of time before dinner. This gives couples ample opportunity to stroll along the beach as the sun goes down.
  5. Private Table. One of my favorite perks of the Feast at Lele is that we didn’t have to sit at a big table and make small talk with random guests. Each table was set up for individual groups. Since it was just my husband and me, we had an intimate table for two. Additionally, it didn’t feel overcrowded as the space maxes out at 300 guests.
  6. Five Course Meal. Hate waiting in those long buffet lines at other luaus? The Feast at Lele has you covered! The servers bring 4 courses that each consist of 3 family-style plates as well as individual dessert plates. The food is elevated versions of dishes from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa.
  7. Breaks in Entertainment. My husband noted that the breaks in between the entertainment was perfect for date night because we had an opportunity to talk to one another.
What Else to Do on Maui:

Maui Nei Native Expeditions Tour of Old Hawaii
A Week in Maui: Tips & Itinerary for Families
Maui Ocean Center Tips & Review
Honua Kai Maui Resort Review
Four Winds Maui Snorkel Trip
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16 Comments

  1. You must have had an extremely beautiful evening. This is much a luxury that you can hardly get anywhere else. From the meals to the live band, so lovely. I like that it is culture influenced, I’m sure I’d be wowed if I am honored to a date such as this. I can’t get my eyes off the dishes 😋

    • marciecheung Reply

      The food was really tasty and different flavors than we’d had before.

  2. Hawaii is one of my top travel destinations, so I read this with some melancholy and delight at the same time! All the dishes look yummy, with some things I’ve never heard of. Cocktails while watching a sunset sounds heavenly, and I’d like to take in a few of those performances too.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Hawaii at sunset is hard to beat! Hopefully, it will give you something fun to daydream about!

  3. Hawaii has a rich culture. I’m not surprised that an event such as this exists. And the variety of dishes is recommendable. I’d like someone special treat me to an Hawaiian Maui date especially when the feast at Least will be on.

  4. How fun! I’d love to see shows like this. It’s entertaining but it also gives you a bit of a peak at what the traditional culture is like in an area.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes! We appreciated that they gave us peeks into a few different cultures!

  5. This would definitely be a romantic date night, and fun too. I like how they include Tahitian and Samoan food as well. I think a professional photograph taken at sunset would make the event memorable too!

    • marciecheung Reply

      I’d never tasted Tahitian or Samoan food before, so it was a real treat!

  6. WOW! That looks like the perfect date! The menu and the dance remind me of my time in Fiji and Samoa. What was your favourite dish?

    • marciecheung Reply

      Dessert was my favorite because I LOVE dessert 🙂 I’m so jealous you got to visit Samoa. I learned Samoan dancing when I was in college and have been wanting to visit ever since!

  7. What a place to be to have a date. The 5 course meal looks absolutely delicious and mouthwatering. Even though I haven’t tried these cuisines , your pictures make me wanna gobble them all up. Unlimited drinks to go with the food and enjoy the lovely setup is just the cherry on top.

  8. The first time I heard of Maui was from the movie Moana! So nice of your MIL to take care of your little ones, so you could go on a nice, romantic date!!! Bamboo and Caramalized Pinapple rice??? That sounds so appetizing. I’d love to try that! Baked oranges with sweet potato? It keeps getting better. All those performances are just stunning…

  9. I haven’t been to Hawaii, but the luaus always sounded fun, but a little cheesy (I’d still go to one though). I didn’t know there was a fine dining luau like this. It looks like it was an amazing experience.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, some are cheesier than others. But, I think it’s one of those things you have to experience for yourself!

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