Part of the Hawaiian archipelago, the island of Kauai is nicknamed “the Garden Isle” owing to the tropical rainforest that covers vast swathes of it. Other notable landmarks include the dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali coastline that have served as a backdrop for several Hollywood films down the years, while the expansive Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails traversing the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge are popular hiking destinations.
Among the array of memorable activities you can enjoy on Kauai, attending a fascinating and fun-packed luau is one that you’re certain not to forget in a hurry. Featuring a veritable feast of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, along with authentic Polynesian dancing, luaus are fun-packed evenings that offer an insight into local traditions and practices in an entertaining and engaging way. Here are 3 of the best that the island has to offer.
From $101 per person
This year-round Hawaiian luau offers a captivating experience beneath the island’s picturesque night skies. Guests can hear stories about the original days of the Hawaiian people, watch traditional fire-knife dancing and fire poi-ball twirling, and dance along with enchanting music. The evening begins with craft and cultural demonstrations and Hawaiian games, followed by the traditional imu ceremony. Guests are treated to delicious traditional local cuisine, while hula dancers and musicians entertain them. Tickets include two complimentary drinks.
From $158 per person
Enjoy an enchanting evening with a lavish dinner followed by one of the top-rated luaus on the island. Kick off the night with a champagne reception and lei greeting at the historic Kilohana Plantation, then settle into a gourmet four-course meal in the sumptuous surroundings of Gaylord’s Restaurant. After dinner, you’ll have time to wander the historic plantation home, which has been repurposed as a boutique shopping and dining destination. Later, take in the mesmerising Luau Kalamaku as dancers, fire-twirlers and musicians enact the story of the first Tahitian voyage to Hawaii. Return transport can be arranged at an additional cost.
From $1,907 per person
This all-inclusive 7-day, 6-night Kauai adventure invites you to experience some of the most unique sights, activities and attractions that Hawaii has to offer – including a memorable luau evening. Among the other highlights will be swimming and snorkelling at picture-postcard beaches, a tour of a Hawaiian Village, a kayaking adventure up the Waialua River, a dolphin-spotting boat cruise, and the option to take to the sky aboard a helicopter (extra charge) above the Napali coast. Comfortable lodging and all meals and transport are included. (Photo: bradhoc via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)