1986 Old Lahaina Luau Opens
The Old Lahaina Luau is owned and operated by Hoaloha Na Eha , Ltd. (four friends) Michael Moore, Robert Aguiar, Kevin Butler and Tim Moore formed the partnership in 1986.
Robert and Michael actually developed and opened the Luau for a large ocean recreation company, which had leased the land fronting 505 Front Street in Lahaina. The small shopping complex on the southern edge of Lahaina town had recently reopened after the bankruptcy. The recreation company operated the Luau for about five month when it was decided that it was not in their best interest to continue the operation. Though naturally it would take time, Robert and Michael were convinced that the old Lahaina Luau was a great opportunity. Rather than see it close down, they recruited the support of Tim and Kevin gathered their limited savings and presented the owners with an offer to purchase the Luau. It actually took many more meetings and a lot of “pencil sharpening” for an acceptable deal to be made, but eventually the young partners purchased the Old Lahaina Luau.