3 Best Luaus in Hawaii

If you’re visiting Hawaii, there are probably a few things you want to check off your list. You’re likely looking for some fun in the sun, some beach time, possibly an eco-adventure like snorkeling or hiking and maybe even some authentic local food. But one thing you can’t miss is a luau when you’re in Hawaii. You’ll quickly learn that nearly every other hotel and establishment hosts a luau. While this is a great way to get tourists in the door, there are a few luaus that are far superior. Here are our top three luaus in Hawaii.


  1. The Big Kahuna Luau! For a romantic evening, an escape from the ordinary, or a lasting family memory, the Big Kahuna Luau is truly paradise found… High above Honolulu’s glittering lights and Diamond Head, is the venue of The Big Kahuna Luau. Held at the exclusive Honolulu Ridge Estate, this luau is a celebration of the islands unlike any other. You’ll enjoy chef-prepared appetizers and a signature Mai Tai while strolling the beautiful historic grounds overlooking the city.As the sun sets, our award winning dancers take to the stage. Limited seating assures every table has an awesome view of the show. With breathtaking performances, top-rated cuisine, and views beyond compare, look no further than the Big Kahuna for an extraordinary luau experience.
  2. Another worthwhile luau is the Polynesian Cultural Center luau. This luau is in the afternoon, so it’s more reasonably priced than others, although the buffet is lunch and not quite as extensive. You’ll watch a traditional canoe parade and then be treated to a show of dances, knife dancing and fire dancing from all the islands of Polynesia. This is a great way to learn more about the history of these people and their culture as well.
  3. Finally, if you’re in Maui, you have to go to the Old Lahaina Luau. This luau takes place right on the water at sunset. You’ll be greeted with a mai tai and watch the sun set over the ocean as the guests take their seats. Then the show starts and you’ll be captivated! But first, enjoy a buffet of truly delectable foods. From fish and pork to delicious traditional desserts, you’ll have your fill of Hawaiian fare. The show is spectacular and features more dancers than any other luau around. You’ll get a full progression through Hawaiian history and see how the dances change throughout the ages. A fire dance is the main event and will excite and captivate you. Fresh leis are given to the women and this luau truly makes you feel like a guest of honor all night long!

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