Looking for an evening of food and performances with Polynesian flare? Look no further– The Feast at Lele in Lahaina, Maui will immerse you in ancient Polynesian fare and art! From their five-course meal and their Hawaiian-inspired cocktails, to their journey through Hawai‘i, New Zealand, Tahihi, and Samoa through dance and song, your evening overlooking the Pacific Ocean from West Maui (complete with sunset!) will more-than-satisfy all of your senses! Enjoy the performances and dinner from your table as you experience the many facets of Polynesian culture.
Lele, the ancient name for Lahaina, was the place of feasting and entertaining for the royal family of Maui. Your evening will embark on a musical and culinary journey through four Polynesian cultures, all closely linked, yet still unique, to one another. Let’s explore an evening at The Feast at Lele!
Our first stop is Hawai‘i. The show begins with an oli (chant), mele (song), and hula (dance). Inspiration was brought together from four islands; Hawai‘i, O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, and Maui, to honor the ‘aina (land) and Hawaiian ali‘i (royalty). With this performance come banana & sweet potato chips, served with a tropical ginger & ogo seaweed salsa and your first course; Pohole Fern, Asparagus, & Heart of Palm Salad, Seared I‘a with Mango Sauce, Imu Roasted Kalua Pua‘a, and Poi. What is poi, you may ask? Poi is a traditional part of Native Hawaiian cuisine, made from the underground plant stem of the kalo (taro) plant. To make poi, one must mash the cooked stem until it is of a thick and sticky liquid, and then add water until it is of the desired consistency. Poi ranges from liquid to dough-like– whatever your preference!
From Hawai‘i, we venture to New Zealand, known to the Maori, its ancient inhabitants, as Aotearoa– meaning Land of the Long White Cloud. Here, dancers will wear moko (facial tattoos), which were used to symbolize genealogy and personal identity, while they perform a war dance that was used to intimidate their enemies. Following this dance, the women perform a dance using poi balls, which are used to imitate the actions and rhythms in nature. The strong oratory skills of Aotearoa will be heard, as well. During this performance, the second course will be served; Rakiraki Salad with Poha Berry Vinaigrette, Harore Kumara, and Miti Hangi.
Our adventure continues in Tahiti, considered by many as the image of Polynesia. The feast advances on; Moa Fafa, E-Iaota (Poisson Cru), and Baked Scallops. With these dishes comes the “sensual swing of the hips and pulsing rhythm of the ancient drums, which combine to create a titillating dance performance” (quoted from The Feast at Lele website). Grass and shell headdresses compliment the movements of the hip and hand. This Tahitian performance embodies lust and romance as the dancers move to the rhythm of the beat.
Finally, our journey culminates in Samoa, where men wear shredded leaf leggings and women wear leaf skirts. Each costume accentuates important aspects of their dance; for the men, their leggings emphasize their movements, and for the women, their skirts highlight their gracefulness. Their dance includes the slapping of legs and feet, and rhythmic clapping of hands. The fire knife dance will finish the night’s show, leaving you wanting more. The fourth course brings Grilled Squid, Palusami, and Shrimp, Avocado, & Fresh Fruit, followed by the fifth and final course– DESSERT. Caramel Macadamia Nut Tart, Hawaiian Chocolate Truffles, and Fresh Exotic Tropical Fruit is the dinner’s finale.
A show for a romantic evening or a family affair, The Feast at Lele will cater to your desired ambiance, as each party has its own table.
A beach enjoyed by Hawaiian royalty. An evening at The Feast at Lele is waiting for you.
All information was gathered from The Feast at Lele‘s website.