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What is the best luau in Hawaii?
If it’s your first trip to Hawaii, no doubt, a Hawaiian luau is on your must-do list. Today I am going to talk about the ten best luaus in Hawaii, on all four major islands. From an authentic Hawaiian luau to a luxury luau with celebrity sightings, there’s something for everyone.
I always recommend booking in advance, as popular luaus do tend to sell out. For your convenience, I have included links to Viator where you can book your luau. In most cases, the luau fully refundable up to 24 hours prior.
What is the best luau on Oahu?
1. The Polynesian Cultural Center Ali’i Luau
The luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center is my #1 recommendation for the best luau on Oahu. I would say it’s in the top two of the best luaus in Hawaii, along with a luau in Maui that I’ll mention soon.
I always recommend learning about Hawaiian history and culture on your Hawaii vacation. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a great place to do just that. The Ali’i Luau is Oahu’s most authentic luau, taking guests back in time to learn about Hawaiian history and serving traditional luau fare.
2. The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Starlight Luau
If you’re staying in the Waikiki area, the Starlight Luau at the Hilton is a great choice. The Waikiki Starlight Luau offers a buffet with a modern twist on traditional luau foods.
Located at the beautiful Ko Olina Resort, Paradise Cove Luau is another top pick on Oahu. Guests enjoy the dance and music of several Polynesian cultures, including Samoa, Tahiti, Aotearoa, and of course, Hawaii.
What is the best luau on Maui?
The Feast at Lele Luau is, in my opinion, the best luau on Maui. It’s put on by the experts who run the Old Lahaina Luau, but it has more of a fine-dining feel. The Feast at Lele is an oceanfront, 5-course meal and is a fantastic choice for those with food allergies or individual preferences.
The menu is the real star of this Maui luau. While some of the luaus on this list make up for “okay” food with a great show, the Feast at Lele offers both a fantastic dinner and show. The Feast at Lele is not only my #1 recommendation on Maui but also one of the best luaus in Hawaii.
5. The Old Lahaina Luau
The most popular luau on Maui, the Old Lahaina Luau is an excellent choice for a luau on Maui. It is located on its private luau grounds behind the Cannery Mall in Lahaina. The Old Lahaina Luau strives to offer an authentic Hawaii luau, and it does not disappoint. Guests who love learning about history and culture will genuinely enjoy this luau.
The trendiest luau in Hawaii
Located at the trendy and celeb-favorite Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, the Feast at Mokapu is a high-end luau that can’t be missed. This luau offers the luxury you’d expect from the Andaz and is one of the more expensive luaus on this list of the best luaus in Hawaii. That being said, the fantastic food and experience are worth the cost!
7. Hyatt Regency Maui Drums of the Pacific
If you’re staying on Ka’anapali Beach, the Drums of Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa will be the most convenient luau for you. The Drums of the Pacific Luau takes you on a journey through the islands of Polynesia and features exotic flavors of native Hawaiian cuisine.
There are so many great luaus on Maui, I have a blog post covering the top 10 Maui luaus.
What is the best luau on Kauai?
8. The Smith Family Garden Luau
The Smith Family Garden Luau consistently ranks as one of the best luaus in Hawaii and the best luau on Kauai. This family-run luau features an Imu Ceremony, cocktails and music, a traditional luau feast, and finally, The Rhythm of Aloha show. Show-only tickets are also available if you aren’t interested in the food.
Guests enjoy a buffet at Luau Kalamaku, but the real star of the show is the performers. Luau Kalmaku features over 50 dancers and musicians, including an award winner fire-knife dancer. The dancers share the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamaku and the Polynesians’ incredible and dangerous journey from Tahiti to Kauai.
What is the best luau on the Big Island?
You might be surprised that more of the best luaus in Hawaii are not on Hawaii Island. Unfortunately, there’s only one luau that I can recommend on the Big Island. The Island Breeze Luau takes place at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Guests will enjoy Hawaiian music and a dinner buffet prepared by the Chefs at the Sheraton Kona.
The 10 best luaus in Hawaii
No matter which island you’re visiting, this list of the best luaus in Hawaii should help you find the perfect luau for your vacation. If you’re looking for more Hawaii travel tips, check out some of my popular posts:
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