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Maui is not known for its nightlife (better to spend a few nights in Honolulu for that). But you will find some live music joints in touristy Lahaina and some colorful local hangouts in Kihei. A number of resorts offer luau shows; the Old Lahaina Luau, with its grounds right at the water’s edge, is the standout.

Maui Nightlife


Resident DJs alternate with Hawaii's top musicians and notable mainland bands to provide entertainment at this hip upcountry nightspot. Go early for wood-fired pizza, and stay late to get jiggy on the dance floor.

1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, HI, 808-572-0220,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | nightclub | bar menu | dj

Fred's Mexican Cafe

A high-energy eatery with a playful, irreverent attitude, Fred's, which considers tacos, beer, and tequila to be the three basic food groups, is known for its Taco-Licious Tuesdays, when $2.95 kalua pig and $3.95 mahi tacos and discounted margaritas draw a boisterous crowd to engage in general revelry.

2511 S. Kihei Rd., HI, 808-891-8600,
Tags: nightlife | bar menu

Kupanaha at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Kupanaha means "marvelous" in Hawaiian, and it's what illusionists Jody and Kathleen Baran want their audiences to feel after this mind-boggling dinner show. Dancers from award-winning hula halau Kano'eau Dance Academy add Hawaiian mythology to the magic with hula and chant.

2525 Kaanapali Pkwy., 800-262-8450,
Tags: family | nightlife

Maui Arts and Cultural Center

Located in Kahului, this is the island's biggest entertainment venue, hosting local, mainland, and international acts from Cyndi Lauper to the Shanghai Circus. It's also home to educational and cultural programs that are instrumental in perpetuating traditional arts like hula, chant, and storytelling.

1 Cameron Way, HI, 808-242-7469,
Tags: nightlife | theater | live entertainment | things to do | performing arts


Known for stellar live jazz, acoustic, folk, and bluegrass performances, Mulligan's is a lively seaside pub that serves up savory pupus (Hawaiian appetizers) like firecracker shrimp and baby back ribs to go with frothy pints of Guinness. For heartier appetites, the menu also features traditional Irish fare.

100 Kaukahi St., Wailea, HI, 808-874-1131,
Tags: nightlife | waterfront | pub

The Old Lahaina Luau

No trip to Hawaii is complete until you've tried poi at a traditional luau. The pounded taro paste is accompanied by other Hawaiian favorites: kalua pig, lomi salmon, haupia. Old Lahaina Luau's authentic hula show presents the evolution of the dance as it reflected different eras of Hawaiian history.

1251 Front St., HI, 800-248-5828,
Tags: family | nightlife | editor pick | things to do | culture | culinary | performing arts


Broadway meets Lahaina: Ulalena reveals Hawaiian history through powerful music and choreography, incorporating Hawaiian chant and mythology. The award-winning stage performance awakens the senses, and bold aerial feats a la Cirque-du-Soleil add to the excitement.

878 Front St., HI, 877-688-4800,
Tags: nightlife | theater | things to do | culture | performing arts

Warren and Annabelle's

For a humorous evening of dazzle and fun, check out Magician Warren Gibson, who proves the hand is quicker than the eye in this intimate dinner show. Annabelle, the resident ghost, provides pre-show musical entertainment-audience participation is both encouraged and expected.

900 Front St., Lahaina, HI, 808-667-6244,
Tags: nightlife | performing arts | magic show

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