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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Introduces New Drums of the Pacific Luau


 Tihati Productions Adds Exciting New Elements to Luau



KA’ANAPALI, Maui, HawaiiJanuary 26, 2009 Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa introduces a number of exciting enhancements to its already “island best” luau, The Drums of the Pacific.  The popular luau produced by Tihati Productions and performed at the resort’s beachside Sunset Terrace Stage includes a new welcome ceremony, new dances, costumes, stories, and special effects enriching the notable luau performed nightly at the resort.


The Drums of the Pacific features authentic dances and music of Hawaii, Tahiti, Somoa, Rarotonga, New Zealand and the Tuamotus.  There is a grand finale thrilling Fire Knife dance. Guests are treated to an open Tiki Bar and an all-you-can-eat buffet showcasing exotic flavors of native Hawaiian cuisine during the show.


A new welcome ceremony features live music and casual hula dancing, a new torch lighting ritual and a festive welcome at the new Umalu Restaurant and the Sunset Terrace Stage when the doors open.  Lei greeting, Imu ceremony - the unveiling of the main dish, Kalua Pua'a --

and fashion show are still part of the welcome celebration.


New costumes have been designed for all of the dances and several new music sections have been added to the show including a new Voyaging Otea segment that celebrates the Tahitian ancestors’ voyage to Hawaii; and the Kahiko, an exclusive story told only at The Drums of the Pacific about Maui’s coastal regions.


 New costumes have been added to Aparima, the spirited hip-shaking dances of the French Polynesian Tuamotus; and to Tiare, a signature production that tells of the legend comparing the first woman created to the delicate Tiare flower.


The festival dances of the Maori people of New Zealand, the lavish dances of the Samoans; a romantic hula tribute to lovers in the Wedding dance, Imps, a dance honoring the special places of Maui, and the show stopping Fire Dance and spectacular Drum Farewell all feature authentic new costumes, music and distinctive flourishes.

“The New Drums of the Pacific Luau is an unforgettable experience, a thrilling reminder of Hawaii’s history and beauty that engages audiences of all ages,” said General Manager Michael Jokovich of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. “Tihati Productions continues to offer innovative elements to our exceptional luau which guests and visitors come to see every night.”


Following is a preview of what guests will experience upon attending the show: