3 of the Best Luaus in Kauai

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated January 10, 2024

Among the array of memorable activities you can enjoy on the Hawaii island of Kauai, attending a fun-packed luau is one that you won’t forget in a hurry.

(Photo: Luau Kalamaku / Courtesy Viator)

Nicknamed “the Garden Isle” owing to the tropical rainforest that covers vast swathes of the island, Kauai is a nature lover’s paradise. The dramatic cliffs and Na Pali coastline have served as a backdrop for several Hollywood films down the years, while the expansive Waimea Canyon and Nounou Trails within the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge are popular hiking destinations. And how better to kick back and relax after a hard day’s exploring than by watching a traditional luau? Here are 3 of the best luaus that the island has to offer.

Luau Kalamaku with Plantation Owner’s Dinner & Champagne Reception

Enjoy an enchanting evening with a lavish dinner followed by one of the top-rated luaus on the island at the historic Kilohana Plantation. Kick off the night with a champagne reception and lei greeting, then settle into a gourmet four-course meal in the sumptuous surroundings of Gaylord’s Restaurant. After dinner, there’ll be 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 re-enact the story of the first Tahitian voyage to Hawaii. Return transport can be arranged at an additional cost. From $222 per person.

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Buffet Dinner with Open Bar and Luau Kalamaku Show

(Photo: Luau Kalamaku / Courtesy GetYourGuide)

Savour an unforgettable evening at Kilohana Plantation’s 60-acre orchard and agricultural park during this 3.5 hour luau show. Guests can look forward to a lei greeting and photo taking by the waterfall followed by a dazzling array of live award-winning entertainment, including graceful hula dancers and traditional fire knife dancing. Guests will then be treated to the delights of a hearty buffet dinner full of local favourite dishes complete with an open bar. Other highlights include a craft fair with local artisans selling authentic Polynesian wares. From $166 per person.

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VIP 4-Course Dinner and Luau Kalamaku Show

(Photo: Luau Kalamaku / Courtesy GetYourGuide)

If you prefer your food brought to you, then this extended version of the above luau show – also held at the Kilohana Plantation’s orchard and agricultural park – may well fit the bill. During the 4-hour event, guests will enjoy a traditional lei greeting with champagne before being guided to the show venue. Once here, it’s time to tuck into a four-course island dinner delivered straight to your table. Later, a spectacular 45-minute show chronicling an epic sea voyage between Tahiti and Kauai along one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia can be enjoyed from the vantage point of premier seating. Other entertainment includes Hawaiian music, hula dancers, and traditional fire knife and fire poi ball dancing. Optional pick-up from select Kauai resorts is also available. From $219 per person.

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