Murder in Maui - a Hawaiian Luau Murder Mystery

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A Hawaiian Luau Murder Mystery Party for 6-10 players, ages 14+ due to difficulty. This is an in-person, face-to-face traditional format. For any beach or swimming pool setting. With the two expansion packs (both purchased separately), there are 24 unique players. The main game and expansion packs allow the game to expand to over 50 players by using the duplicate, expandable players (see the breakdown below)! This is the instant download version of the game. There's nothing to be shipped, so you avoid shipping fees! For the party ready pack, click on the link below in the helpful links section.  

There are five PDF files to download with this game - a host instruction file, printable file with the game materials, solution key file, and an optional free invitation file (same one as the link below) and an expandable team file.   

Format: this is a traditional, mingling, clue-based game (downloadable version) for in-person groups. For virtually-formatted games that are ideal for video chat platforms, click here. 

Gifting: the standard game license does not allow transfers, so you cannot purchase a download as a gift. For gifts, click here for gift certificates, or use the link below for the boxed version of the game (party pack). 


Five out of ten difficulty.This game was updated on 05/22/24. Previous versions will not be seamless. 

Helpful Links:

Host character list
Free, printable invitation
Sample game materials
10+ character, Expansion pack #1 (Use first. Purchased separately)
4+ character, Expansion pack #2 (Purchased separately- use in addition to Expansion pack #1)
Boxed version - My Mystery Party staff prepare your game kit!
Free, pre-game site at Your Mystery Party

Murder Mystery Synopsis:

Welcome to the Oceanside Palace Hotel of Maui, where our nightly luaus at Sunset Beach go beyond mere festivities to become legendary tales of mystery, joy, and suspense. Immerse yourself in the Polynesian spirit as it whirls around you, setting the stage for an adventure unlike any other. Upon arrival, a vibrant Hawaiian lei will be your first token of the evening, a prelude to a night filled with delectable appetizers, spellbinding party games, and unforeseen interactions. Yet, tread lightly — beneath the veneer of warmth and celebration, a cauldron of secrets bubbles, and hidden agendas await.

Forget the notion of an ordinary luau—each celebration is a grand affair destined to leave an indelible mark on all who partake. Prepare for an evening drenched in luxury and cloaked in mystery at the grand Oceanside Palace Hotel—the night beckons with promises of surprises, revelations, and perhaps an element of peril. Your unforgettable journey commences now.

Host a large party - all packs purchased separately:

  • Main game file: 10 unique character roles
  • Main game file: up to 20 duplicate team players as Sol Boatman’s friends
  • Expansion pack #1: 10 unique character roles (purchased separately)
  • Expansion pack #1: up to 20 duplicate team players as Adolphi Sharx’s colleagues
  • Expansion pack #1: up to 20 duplicate team players as Stan Grable’s friends
  • Expansion pack #2: 4 unique character roles (purchased separately)
  • Expansion pack #2: up to 20 duplicate team players as Kai Kahua’s friends

Therefore, you'll have 24 unique players with both expansion packs, with an additional 4 expandable teams of up to 20 players each.

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Commercial Licensing: 

If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit &/or in public &/or as a benefit to your organization or business - you will need a commercial license - click here.


Minimum age:
14 years
Difficulty rating:
Moderate, 5/10
Gender of character roles:
# of players in main game:
6-10 players (There is an expandable team file to add duplicate team players in the main game file - they are not unique characters, however).
Expansion pack(s):
10 players, and 4 players (both purchased separately)
Expandable team players:
Expands to over 100 players with teams (including expansion packs, purchased separately)
Date of publication:
Published in 2009. Last revised on 05/22/24 - previous versions will not be seamless.


  • 5
    Everyone had a blast!!

    Posted by Jaclyn Christensen on May 30th 2022

    This was our first MM game and it won’t be our last! Everyone had such a great time! Mahalo plenty!

  • 5
    Fun Mystery Party

    Posted by Unknown on Apr 26th 2022

    Used for a 12 year old girls slumber party, super cute!

  • 4

    Posted by Helen Nel on Nov 19th 2021

    Always good fun to play, especially with people who get excited about the game!

  • 5
    So much fun!

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 3rd 2021

    This game was a lot of fun! I highly recommend - it would be nice if there were videos included though.

  • 5
    Great for teens

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 29th 2021

    Purchased this party for my daughter's 14th birthday party. I wasn't sure how it would go over but they loved it. They really got into their characters and played it up to get the most out of it. They were entertained and engaged for the evening but still with plenty of time between rounds to do what they wanted to do. The download and instructions were easy and there are lots of options to make your party as simple or as elaborate as you would like.

  • 5
    Teachers gone wild

    Posted by Unknown on May 15th 2021

    I hosted a party for some teacher friends to help us mentally prepare for the last week and a half of school. This was the first time we have gotten together socially and unmasked in over a year, and wow did we have fun! We totally got into our characters; Kristen Withers even had a costume change in the middle of the party! The luau theme made decorating and the food ideas easy. I was the server so it totally fit my character to serve food and make cocktails all evening. One guest noted that this was the first time in ten years that we had all been together and not talked shop for hours at a time! One guest is taking the coconut to school and it will find its way to teachers’ desks through the end of the year as a fun reminder of the party. Thank you MMP for a wonderful time!

  • 5
    Such fun!

    Posted by Hallie Stewart on Jan 22nd 2021

    The luau was a great success! Our guests had a ball as they worked to solve the mystery. Several twists and turns made it interesting! Everything was well organized.

  • 4
    Entertaining Storyline

    Posted by Unknown on Jun 29th 2020

    Used this for office teambuilding because we are all remote now. The concept was well developed and entertaining. It definitely took some reimagining to make it work in a remote setting. I prepared all the character instructions head of time to email during the game at appropriate intervals. That was effective. Our team is quite and wasn't doing a lot of vocalizing. Once we opened a group chat all players participated at a brisk pace and afterward many reported that they had a good time. We've kept the chat log since it was so entertaining. Several other departments are looking at other parties and I recommended this website after our experience. Thanks! ------------------------------- FROM MMP STAFF: Thank you for sharing your experience and we're glad you had fun playing this on a virtual platform. Next time, we encourage you to try one of the virtually-formatted games, as they were developed specifically for virtual gameplay - so you'll have essentially no pre-party hassle.

  • 4
    SO FUN!

    Posted by Unknown on May 26th 2020

    We had a great time this weekend with just a party of 6. The mystery was not overly challenging so we were able to solve it. I do think with more people it would have been more difficult. Characters were well developed and fun!