1. Ahi Lele Luau
A luau is a memorable, fun Hawaiian event that involves foods, music, dance and all sorts of entertainment. Ahi Lele luau held within Anaina Hou Community holds some of the most genuine luaus in Hawaii. Organized by a local family, this experience includes sharing the tales of Polynesian Islands through exquisite flames, traditional Tahitian dances and chants, upbeat drum noises as well as an amiable and expert host who will pass on local culture and folklore with interesting humor thrown in for good measure.
If you book the VIP package with Ahi Lele, not only will you be guaranteed front-row seating, but you’ll also get extra drinks included. You’ll skip the worry of not having a seat since it is first come first serve basis. This luau focuses on fire shows and a perfect luau for those who want an up close and personal experience. Plus, their more intimate setting is perfect if you’re looking for an alternative to crowded resort luaus or theater shows– ultimately providing you with a unique experience.
2. Luau Kalamaku
Luau Kalamaku provides an unforgettable experience at a fraction of the cost of other luaus. From the dozens of pre-dinner activities like art & craft demonstration and imu ceremony, to their unique performance featuring twice as many entertainers, there is no better value in Hawaii for a luau than Luau Kalamaku.
This event is a fun and affordable event that offers everything you could want in a luau, with the added bonus of beautiful plantation scenery. With fire torch tossing, flaming poi ball, and fire knife dancing, this theatrical play with an unique twist tells the story of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture in an action-packed performance. Get there at Kalamaku early to enjoy all that Luau Kalamaku has to offer!
3. Hawaii Alive Luau
The Hawaii Alive Luau is a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing traditional Hawaiian culture and music. With over 60 years of history, this luau is one of the most popular and longest-running shows on the island, known for its expert performers. Exceptional fire dances will make you hold your breath while the stunning hula dancers will amaze you with their elegance. Whether you’re young or old, you’ll be captivated by the excitement of this unique event.
If you’re undecided what to eat, there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet so you can try multiple traditional dishes as you like. Held in the Kaua’i Court open garden (weather permitting), the Hawaii Alive luau at the luxurious Kauai Marriot Resort is an experience not to be missed.
4. Havaiki Nui Luau
Havaiki Nui is the most accessible luau for anyone staying at Grand Hyatt Kauai in Poipu or surrounding areas. This luau vividly paints an island picture of ancient Polynesian voyages throughout the South Pacific, such as Samoa, Tahiti, New Zealand and Hawaii through fun songs and dances. You will have a firsthand experience to see different historic dances being performed from each of these islands.
The Siva Afi (fire knife dancing) is the most exciting dance to watch at the Havaiki Nui luau. Even though all of the dances from each island are mesmerizing, nothing can compare to watching the thrilling Siva Afi. Another great perk about this specific luau as opposed to other ones is that kids under five years old get in for free (most other places have a three-year age limit). Come have a night to remember at this show every Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
5. Tahiti Nui Luau
Tahiti Nui is the ideal luau for indoor activity and family fun lovers. However, don’t be deceived–there’s still an entertaining show with skilled singers, dancers, and a fire dancer. Next to the renowned Tahiti Nui Bar in Hanalei, you’ll find Tahiti Nui luau. What makes this luau incomparable is that it’s not packed with crowds , so the food is more succulent and drinks are stronger. You won’t discover a better way to immerse yourself in Polynesian culture!
So, if you’re looking for something fun and family-themed activities to do on a Wednesday night – why not try the Tahiti Nui Luau? You can dance, eat and drink all night long – and if you get tired of dancing and eating, you can always step next door for a refreshing cocktail or two. And who could possibly forget the 2011 box office hit “The Descendants” ? The movie’s fans will be ecstatic since some scenes were filmed right here!
6. Auli’i Luau
Auli’i Luau is the best luau on Kauai due to its authenticity and emphasis on Polynesian culture. Additionally, it is the only luau with a backdrop of stunning ocean. So,if you’re only able to attend one luau while you’re visiting Kauai, make sure it’s this one! The stunning Sheraton Kauai Resort plays host to this breathtaking event that offers an oceanfront view against a perfectly manicured lawn, with Poipu Beach only steps away. From Kahiki (drum dance of Tahiti), Siva Afi (fire dance of Samoa), to Hula, you will be mesmerized by a number of traditional Polynesian dances as soon as you walk through the door.
This luau will fully immerse you in Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. Sip Mai tais and enjoy a delicious buffet of island favorites while losing yourself in legends and folklore. The regular ticket comes with puka shell lei’s, but if you opt for Premier or VIP level seating, you’ll receive an upgraded flower lei for females or black shell lei for males and you’ll see the action up close. Note that they only allow 150 people total so better get your tickets soon!
7. Smith Family Garden Luau
Authenticity is important to you, and at Smith Family Garden, they understand that. From their Imu ceremony to delicious Hawaiian fare to wonderful displays of performances, they provide everything you could want in a luau experience. The Smith Family offers an unbeatable and intimate luau service, run by an experienced actual family. With 30 acres of gardens along the banks of Wailua River, and situated within Wailua Marina State Park, it’s no wonder that the Smith Family often appears on lists of best luaus in Kauai. Not only is it surrounded by natural beauty, but also has mountains offering a picturesque backdrop – it really is the perfect location for a luau!
There is no better way to start your evening than with a peaceful stroll through the garden, where you can see Hawaiian geese, peacocks, and other birds roaming free. And what makes dinner even more special? When it’s accompanied by stunning live music, of course. Dance under the stars to the live music at our torch-lit amphitheater. The Aloha spirit is captured through the dances and songs which predominantly come from Hawaii, but also Samoan, Tahitian, and New Zealand traditions.