Kauai, Hawaii Luau Guide

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Complete guide to luaus on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

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Headed to Kaua'i? Then a luau should be on your to do list! Not sure what a luau is exactly, then be sure to read What Is A Luau. We'll cover all of the basics there including the different types of luaus, what type of food you can expect, and even how to handle Tipping. In this guide, we'll show you all of the major luaus on the island of Kaua'i.

Luau Kalamaku

Luau Kalamaku is a Hawaiian style luau located at the popular Kilohana Plantation. The experience here includes a torch lighting ceremony, a craft fair with local artisans, a buffet style feast, and an open bar. The main show will take you back to ancient times when the Polynesians were making their migration to the Hawaiian Island. Specifically, you'll learn how the Tahitians traveled along one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia and made it to the islands. More at: Luau Kalamaku

Smith's Kauai Garden Luau / Tropical Paradise

Smith's Kauai Garden Luau is located along the Wailua River in the Kapaa area on the east side of Kaua'i. As you enjoy your dinner you'll watch Hula dances and hear songs, watch a Samoan fire knife dance, and then a few of your fellow diners get pulled up on stage and give everyone else a laugh. This place is far more than a luau. For an additional cost, you can also visit Smith's Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruise which is a slow boat tour (about 80 minutes) that takes you along two miles of the Wailua River. Or, stroll through their 30 acre botanical and cultural garden here. More at: Smith's Kauai Garden Luau / Tropical Paradise

Aulii Luau

Aulii Luau is located oceanfront at the Sheraton Kauai Resort. This locally owned and operated luau strives to bring all Aulii guests a traditional and authentic Hawaiian luau. Through song and dance, guests will be told stories of several pacific islands and how their people settled in Polynesia. You'll even hear about Pele - The Volcano Goddess, see how 1950s tourism influenced Hula, see the Maori (New Zealand) perform the Haka (war dance), and watch Siva Afi work his flaming swords. More at: Aulii Luau

Luau Makaiwa

This luau and dinner is located oceanfront at the Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach. This one strives to be more than just a traditional luau with hula kahiko (ancient hula) dances performed under the direction of a kumu hula (hula master). Enjoy a journey through Kauai, Samoa, Tahiti, and New Zealand while you feast on a buffet dinner. The evening starts with a cocktail reception along with cultural arts and exhibitions. There is a torch lighting ceremony along with an open bar (until the show starts). More at: Luau Makaiwa

Hawaii Alive! Luau Show

This luau and buffet dinner is located at the Kauai Marriott Resort. The show takes place outdoors at the Niihau Court (next to the Koi fishpond) and if an unbeat evening filled with live music, drums, Hula dancers, and fire dancers. The all you can eat buffet includes a variety of soups, salads, a carving stations, and various Hawaiian dishes. Favorites include the Kalua pork, lomi salmon, and huli huli chicken. More at: Hawaii Alive! Luau Show

Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau (formerly the Havaiki Nui Luau) is a Hawaiian style luau and dinner located at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Enjoy a journey through the rich cultural history of the Hawaiian people through song and dance. They offer a traditional lei greeting, an open bar, Hawaiian crafts and demonstrations, Hula lessons, and an all you can eat buffet. More at: Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau