Traditionally, Hawaiians had many occasions for feasts and celebrations: battle victories; seasonal events; and for welcoming guests. These events often involved days of planning and preparation.
Today, the luau is an elaborate Hawaiian feast featuring traditional foods and entertainment. These are usually outdoor, buffet style with torch-lit tables of sumptuous foods, drinks, and desserts for the whole family. Entertainment consists of spirited Polynesian song and dance. Aloha attire is appropriate.
There are several good Luaus on Kauai and your vacation wouldn't be complete without attending one. We've listed some below for your convenience.
All Prices subject to change without notice and reservations are usually required.
Lu'au KalamakūTuesdays & Fridays
at historic Kilohana Plantation
3-2087 Kaumuali'i Highway - Lihue, Kauai
The earth trembles under your feet or maybe it's your own heart beating as you become captivated by Kauai's most exciting luau. This breathtaking theatrical production tells the inspiring tale of one family's incredible voyage from Tahiti to Kauai, told through vivid storytelling and dance in a majestic and enchanting setting. It's all happening at the historic sugar plantation of Kilohana.
Grand Hyatt Kauai LuauSunday and Thursday 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm;
at the Hyatt Regency Kauai in Poipu
A feast of beauty, romance, and adventure: Experience the beauty, romance, and adventure of the Drums of Paradise Lu'au. It's an evening you'll always remember. Come back with us to days of ancient Hawaii as we share musical stories of our ancestors.
Kauai Coconut Beach LuauSunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
at Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
The proud recipient of the Hawaii Visitors Bureau's prestigious Kahili Award, presented to Hawaii's most authentic luau. Our nightly celebration features delicious island fare and an all new, all-Hawaiian luau show.
Pa'ina 'O HanaleiMonday & Thursday at 6:00 P.M.
A Beachside Luau at the Princeville Resort
The heralding of the conch shell announces the beginning of the Pa'ina and invites visitors and guests to participate in the traditional Imu ceremony. The spectacular backdrop to this unique Hawaiian luau is picturesque Hanalei Bay.
The beauty of Polynesian dance and culture are featured at Pa'ina O' Hanalei, beachside luau. Enjoy delectable fresh island cuisine topped off with the excitement of "Tahiti O' Hanalei." From the shores of Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa, and Hawaii, guests enjoy the music and dance of Polynesia.
Smith's Tropical ParadiseMonday, Wednesday, and Friday
Featuring a garden luau and Polynesian Review; run by the folks who take you up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto. The Gardens open at 5:00 pm allowing you to stroll through the magnificent grounds. You may purchase a tram token that gets you on board a narrated tour of the grounds at 5:30. The grounds boast over 20 types of exotic fruit trees, among the other native plants. You'll be sharing the grounds with exotic peacocks and singing tree ducks! At 6:00 pm, the Imu Ceremony begins. Your dinner has been cooking all day in the underground oven. Watch as it is ceremoniously lifted out. At 6:15 pm, cocktails and music begin. Mai tais, beer, wine, standard bar drinks and soft drinks are available throughout the dinner hour. The musicians entertain throughout your meal with appealing melodies and humor. At 6:30 pm, the Luau begins. Tables are dismissed one at a time to go through the line of international foods.
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