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! She said it was one of the best luaus in Maui. 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.
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 Hawaiian 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
SECOND COURSE FROM AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND
5 hour island scented braised beef in a kiwi fruit jus.
Medley of stewed mushrooms over baked orange & purple sweet potato.
Fern shoots and pumpkin with dried koura rangi (shrimp) dressing.
THIRD COURSE FROM TAHITI
Grilled mango ginger chicken with a Tahitian lime aioli & mango relish.
Fresh island diced fish & vegetable marinated in coconut milk & lime juice.
Baked shrimp with cream coconut butter and ocean salad.
FOURTH COURSE FROM SAMOA
Braised coconut cream corned beef with baked ulu wrapped in young taro leaf.
Fresh island fish with mussels, clam & shrimp stew.
Baked soft taro roll in creamy coconut milk.
Vanilla coconut mousseline cake:
Cake with caramelized pineapple & salted caramel.
Whipped haupia cream:
Topped with island fruit sauce.
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.
At the Hawaiian 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.
My husband and I really enjoyed the Feast at Lele for our Maui date night. I can see why people say it’s the best Maui luau. 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 a Top Thing to Do in Maui:
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! Plus, if you go early in your trip, you can keep the lei in your fridge and wear it later on!
2. UNLIMITED 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 Maui 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.
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