A trip to the Hawaiian Islands nearly always includes at least one iconic luau, and you want it to be the best luau in Hawaii for you, meaning the one that best suits your available time and personal interests.
Some are more party oriented. Some are very culturally oriented. Some have great entertainment but not so great food and vice-versa. And since you can find luaus on all four major islands, it's easy to pick one that's convenient to where you are based. You'll enjoy the experience more if you find out about luaus and their history as a Hawaiian feast before you go.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay and Island Breeze Productions present Haleo: the Voice of Life in an oceanfront setting at Sheraton Keauhou Bay.
The story celebrates the history of the ahupua'a (land division) called Keauhou. A journey through a very special time in Hawaiian history highlights the birth at Keauhou Bay of Kauikeauoli, who became Kamehameha III; surfing stories of He'eia Bay; the battle of Kuamo'o; and how Kamehameha III bridged the gap of many ancient traditions as he brought the people of his kingdom into a new era.
Pre-show activities for luau guests include the opportunity to meet the entertainers and talk about the story with them. With Hawaiian music adding to the magical setting beneath the stars on the Hawaii Lawn, guests then savor a dinner buffet of traditional Hawaiian foods and contemporary favorites prepared by the chefs at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.
Luau Kalamaku is performed in-the-round, where every seat in the house affords a great view. Featuring a state-of-the-art media system and an interactive stage design, the show includes a cast of about 50 dancers and musicians that includes an award-winning fire knife dancer.
The cultural journey begins with craft demonstrations and Hawaiian games, followed by the traditional imu ceremony. Guests are treated to a sumptuous buffet while hula dancers and musicians entertain. After dinner, the 45-minute main show begins as dancers take the stage to share the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamaku (child of the new land) and the Polynesians' amazing and dangerous journey from Tahiti to Kauai.
Visitors can connect with Kauai’s rich history and culture, traditional culinary eats, and tropical treats with the blue Pacific Ocean and bright-orange sunset as a stunning backdrop.
Urahutia Productions' talented dancers and musicians take guests on a journey through Polynesia from Hawaii to New Zealand, complemented by the resort’s culinary offerings of traditional Hawaiian-rooted cuisine.
Consistently voted one of Hawaii's best luaus, the Smith Family Garden Luau is offered at the family's 30-acre garden along the Wailua River.
The luau feast offers traditional favorites like kalua pork, beef teriyaki, chicken adobo, and sweet 'n' sour mahi-mahi, as well as lomi salmon, fresh poi, Hawaiian sweet potato, macaroni salad, namasu salad, and numerous tropical desserts.
The Rhythm of Aloha show offers colorful, authentic performances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Philippines, New Zealand, China, and Japan in a large open-air, torch-lit amphitheater (complete with erupting volcano).
The Old Lahaina Luau takes place on its own private luau grounds behind the Cannery Mall in Lahaina, West Maui. The Old Lahaina Luau takes great pride in presenting an authentic Hawaiian luau—an evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music, cultural dances, and island crafts. Guests are treated to a genuine reflection of Hawaii’s rich history with an ocean view and Hawaiian sunset as the backdrop.
What happens when you combine the Polynesian cuisine of Chef James McDonald (of Pacific'O and I'O Restaurant fame), the entertainment expertise of the folks who run the Old Lahaina Luau, and one of the best beachfront settings in Hawaii? The answer is the Feast at Lele in Lahaina, Maui.
The Feast at Lele is more like a fine dinner show than a traditional luau. Each table has a tablecloth and china with silverware and cloth napkins. Guests get personal attention from at least two servers. The feast itself is the real star here. The menu consists of a five-course meal featuring cuisine from Hawaii, Tonga, Tahiti, and Samoa, plus dessert. Each course is followed by dramatic Polynesian entertainment from each island.
If you're staying at Ka'anapali Beach, there's no more convenient luau than the Drums of Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa on the resort's Sunset Terrace.
The Drums of the Pacific Polynesian Spectacular is another Tihati Production. It takes you on a journey through the islands of Polynesia, complete with a traditional imu ceremony and the exotic flavors of native Hawaiian cuisine. It features authentic dances and music of the old Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, Tonga, and Rarotonga.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa puts on its Waikiki Starlight Luau on the resort's Rooftop Garden.
The Waikiki Starlight Luau features the women and men of Tihati Productions in the round, where every seat promises a great view. Guests are taken on an exhilarating voyage across the South Seas in a celebration of Polynesian music and dance.
Complementing the show concept is a sumptuous dinner buffet featuring a modern twist on traditional luau fare.
The Paradise Cove Luau, held at the beautiful Ko Olina Resort, boasts an impressive imu ceremony, and the food lands right about in the middle of the competition. Paradise Cove's after-dinner show has entertaining, funny, and personable hosts, and the dancing is professional and well-choreographed. Guests are treated to dance and music of several Polynesian cultures, including Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti and of course, Hawaii.
One of the highlights of any visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center in La'ie on Oahu's North Shore is the Ali'i Luau, the islands' most authentic Hawaiian luau. The award-winning Ali'i Luau takes guests on a nostalgic trip back in time to learn about the royalty of Hawaii while enjoying traditional Hawaiian luau food and entertainment, cultural demonstrations, and great service.