Formerly the Ka’anapali Sunset Luau, the Sunset Luau at Black Rock is right in the heart of Ka’anapali, located on the ocean lawn of the Sheraton Maui Resort. It’s small, inviting and interactive atmosphere makes it a good alternative to the other, bigger name luaus on the island.
You’ll enjoy the traditional luau buffet style feast, as well as the familar hula dances, fire shows and other performances that mostly all luaus offer. The Ka’anapali Sunset Luau also offers a few activities and ancient luau games that you can participate in prior to dinner. These activities and games, as well as a smaller seating and crowd, make this luau more intimate and friendlier than some of the 600 person seatings at other luaus.
When you’ve seen some of the bigger named luaus, with their large performances and elaborate setups, you are definitely blown away. Those luaus are great experiences and offer exciting insights into many of the cultures and traditions of may different areas of the Pacific, including those from Hawaii, Tahiti, and Somoa to name a few.
Perhaps the only drawback from those large-scale luaus is the crowded seating and long lines. When you’re one of 500 or so in the audience, it’s a little harder to feel like part of the show, and it is a lot less intimate as a result.
The Ka’anapali Sunset Luau, on the other hand, it a great alternative after you’ve seen some of the larger luaus (which you should see at least one of the bigger name luaus). While it’s probably not the easiest to get to if you’re not staying at a resort on Ka’anapali Beach, the small seatings and crowds offer a closer feel to the performers and your ohana for the night, those sitting at the table with you. We definitely liked the smaller number of round tables as opposed to the large number of picnic tables that we’ve seen at other luaus.
Admittedly, the show wasn’t on the same grand scale as other productions, but it is still a nice night and even for those coming to Maui year after year, you want to have at least one luau as part of your stay, right?
- Sheraton Maui Resort – Sunset Luau at Black Rock