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The Moose offers live or DJ music on most nights, drawing a young, mostly single crowd who come for the burgers, beer, and dance-floor beats. Tuesday and Saturday dollar nights are highly popular, offering dollar domestic and well drinks with your dollar admission.
In summer, this weeklong international festival attracts big-name celebrities to Maui for cinema and soirees under the stars. Throughout the year, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents art-house films on selected evenings, often accompanied by live music, cocktails, and wine. www.mauifilmfestival.com.
Founded in 1974, this nonprofit performing-arts group offers fine productions, as well as dance and drama classes for children and teens. Recent shows have included Peter Pan, the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, and the Wizard of Oz.www.mauiacademy.org.
This lofty resort's lobby lounge is perfect when you want live music, freshly prepared sushi, and artisanal cocktails all in one sitting. Gorgeous orange ceilings, stark-white stone columns and modern wicker furnishing pull off understated look quite well. The colorful sunset over Lanai isn't too shabby either. www.fourseasons.com.
By Kaanapali Beach, this luau excels in every category—breathtaking location, well-made food, smooth-flowing buffet lines, and a nicely paced program that touchcs upon Hawaiian, Samoan, Tahitian, Fijian, Tongan, and Maori cultures. The festive show includes a solo fire-knife dancer. You'll feast on delicious Hawaiian delicacies like huli-huli chicken (barbecued with flavors like brown sugarcane, ginger, and soy), lomilomi (rubbed with onions and herbs) salmon, and Pacific ahi poke (pickled raw tuna, tossed with herbs and seasonings). There are also plenty of desserts. An open bar features beer, wine, and the usual tropical concoctions. www.maui.hyatt.com.
This feast redefines the luau by crossing it with island-style fine dining in an intimate beach setting. Each course of this succulent sit-down meal expresses the spirit of specific island cultures—Hawaiian, Samoan, Aotearoan, Tahitian. Don't pass up the delicious desserts. Lahaina's gorgeous sunset serves as the backdrop to the accompanying show, which forgoes gimmicks and pageantry for an authentic cultural presentation of Polynesian chants and dances. "Lele," by the way, is a more traditional name for Lahaina. www.feastatlele.com.
At the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, this show captivates with a contemporary interpretation of Hawaiian mythology and folklore. Indulge in pre-luau fun with Hawaiian games, lei making, and photo-ops with the cast, then witness the unearthing of the kalua pig from the underground oven. Traditional dances share a vision of the first Polynesian voyage to the island, and there are also dancers on stilts, an iridescent aerialist suspended by silk, and many elaborate costumes. As a finale, champion fire-knife dancer Ifi So'o brings the house down with a fiery display. www.honuaula-luau.com.
When ambience weighs heavy on the priority list, this spot at the Ritz-Carlton might just be the ticket. Nightly performances range from jazz to island rhythms. The menu includes such dishes as a fantastic seared filet mignon on a pretzel roll. Step onto the lanai for that plumeria-tinged Hawaiian air and gaze at the deep blue of the Pacific. www.ritzcarlton.com.
One of Maui's hottest tickets, Ulalena is a Cirque du Soleil-inspired musical extravaganza that has been well received by audiences and Hawaiian-culture experts alike. The ensemble (20 singer-dancers and five musicians) mixes native rhythms and stories with acrobatic performance in the 75-minute show. High-tech stage wizardry gives an inspiring introduction to island culture. Beer and wine are for sale at the concession stand. Check out dinner-theater packages in conjunction with local restaurants. www.mauitheatre.com.
A 65-foot catamaran built specifically for Maui's waters, the Pride of Maui has a spacious cabin with live entertainment, dance floor, and large upper deck for unobstructed viewing. Evening cruises include top-shelf cocktails and an impressive spread of baby back ribs, grilled chicken, warm artichoke dip, Maui onion tartlets, and seasonal desserts. www.prideofmaui.com.