A luau is simply a must do when you visit Hawaii. It's an evening full of live entertainment, delicious food and spectacular fire dancing. Kauai has several luau providers that we'll go over. Due to the pandemic they are quite restricted on capacity so book this as far in advance as possible.
Each luau checks in around 5ish. The first hour is spent enjoying the setting. At Smiths Luau you may stroll the botanical garden. Luau Kalamaku you'd enjoy the open air craft fair and perhaps take a train ride.
At around 6 you'll directed to your seats and the MC's will the evenings entertainment. Live music and unique cultural stories will be shared as you talk story with hosts and fellow guests. The luau feast is no longer buffet style must is usually all-you-can-eat (and drink) Foods to dry will include locally crafted meats, veggies, fruits and of course dessert. Come hungry!
With a full belly come the dance and fire show. Each luau performance is inspired by Hawaii dancing and legends past on by generation. Some shows are a tribute to Polynesian Culture while others are a full on theatrical performance. No matter what option you select, a luau is a worthy activity to put on your list and hey, you gotta eat dinner anyway right?
Smiths Family Garden Luau is rich in the traditions of ohana (family) This multi-generational family will welcome you with open arms and tell you the history of there family. First you'll be invited the tour the 40 acre botanical garden the luau grounds are held on. Walk at your leisure or the complimentary tram shuttle that is fully narrated.
Next, grab a beverage and set up for the best Imu ceromony on island. Smiths Family does a fantastic job showcasing and educating guests on this ancient form of Hawaii cooking. Speaking of which, dinner is next and is a all-you-can-eat luau feast. Live Hawaiian music and dancing are ongoing while you eat and you might be invited up on stage to test your hand at the hula!
The luau show is held a short walk away in an outdoor theatre surrounded by tropical plants and lagoon. The show is a beautiful tribute to Polynesian Culture and includes authentic dance moves from all across the Pacific. The fire show comes at the end and is magical
Luau Kalamaku is held a the Kilohana Plantation on the grounds of a sugar plantation owners old mansion. There's lots of modern history to be enjoyed after check in and lots to explore. You can grab a drink and check out the outdoor craft fair or hop on the train tour (reservation required) if you booked it. There is also an Imu ceromony and plantation mansion to check out.
Dinner is all-you-can-eat and features local meats, veggies, fruits, stir frys and delicious dessert. Drinks are included and the Koloa Rum Factory operates out of Kilohana so Luau Kalamaku has the best mai tai in our opinion.
The Luau performance and fire show are what set this Luau apart. The 45 minute theatrical performace is our favorite on island. It's simply a beautiful production with a soundtrack we'd take home (if we could)
Held in the north shore at An Aina Hou Community Park, the Ahi Lele Fire Show is fantastic and is great for kids! Lots to do at the community center so go early for extra fun Dinner is not not all you can eat but delicious all the same. Cocktails are available but sold seperately. The VIP upgrade for an extra $25 gets you one free drink and the best seats in the huse
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