Wailele Polynesian Luau Features Maui’s Most Extreme Fire Knife Dance Performance
The elements of earth, fire and water reflect the rich Polynesian culture through superb performances at Wailele Polynesian Luau dinner show.
Highlights include the story of Pele, Goddess of Fire and Hi’ilave Hula Awana dedicated to Wailele (meaning waterfalls).
Here, guests will embark on a vibrant and exciting journey to the Polynesian Islands where dance was considered not just as a form of entertainment, but as a means of telling stories.
The oceanfront Aloha Pavilion at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa sets the mood and ambience for guests to enjoy an outdoor experience at Wailele Polynesian Luau.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with a shell lei greeting that makes a memorable keepsake.
As you are served tropical drinks, make your way to the luau gardens for a photo with the dancers, visit artisan crafters with their handmade cultural pieces or ‘talk story’ with the wood carver as he designs and crafts unique pieces.
The show opens with a conch shell blowing ceremony, followed by the traditional torch lighting ritual. Show host Atunaisa Laqeretabua, also known as Chief Atu, invites guests to learn about the Polynesian way of life, including the art of husking a coconut and sampling fresh coconut water.
The interactive activity has everyone in much laughter, as Chief Atu invites a guest or two to join him on stage.
Dinner is served buffet style with a lavish spread of traditional favorites such as Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pipikaula Poke and Island Poi.
Fresh salads with papaya seed, kula lavender and coconut ranch dressing accompany the main entrees that include Kalua Pua’a which is a slow-roasted pork dish, Huli Huli Chicken with guava barbeque sauce, Steamed I’a (fish) with ginger and tomato relish, Paia Dry Mein Noodles plantation-style and Molokai Sweet Potatoes. Desserts such as Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Lilikoi Cheesecake, Chocolate Chantilly Cake and Coconut Raspberry Cake are served with coffee and tea.
A free flow of drinks and cocktails, locally-brewed beers, sodas, and fruit juices is included as well.
The show itself boasts Maui’s most extreme fire knife dance performance, called “Siva Afi”. Agile Samoan dancers spin and twirl a fire knife on one hand and at times with one on each hand.
The spell-bound performance continues as dancers throw the fire knives between one another and from different elevations. If you are lucky, you may even catch a dancer climb a palm tree and perch midway as he begins twirling in thin air.
As fire knife dancer Desmond Sula says, “You will never see a performance like ours anywhere and it will far exceed any of your expectations.”
The exciting Polynesian revue also includes dances and songs from Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand (Maori), Tonga, Samoa and Hawaii.
From Kahiko chants symbolizing old Hawaii where dancers perform in traditional Pa’u skirts to the modern interpretation of Hawaii through Hapa Haole Implements dance with a vivacious feel, each dance is truly extraordinary.
Wailele Polynesian Luau is held Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings. For reservations and pricing, call the resort at 808-661-2992 or visit www.westinmaui.com.