3 of the Best Luaus in Kauai

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated December 14, 2021

Among the array of memorable activities you can enjoy on the Hawaii island of Kauai, attending a fascinating and fun-packed luau is one that you’re sure not to forget in a hurry.

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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 traversing 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 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. 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 $189 per person.

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Kauai Luau and Sunset Dinner Ticket

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Amid the splendour of a tropical garden, this captivating evening of Hawaiian food and entertainment takes place. Taking place near the mouth of the Wailua River, the experience features a traditional imu ceremony, in which a roast pig is removed from an underground clay oven. You’ll then devour said animal as part of an authentic island banquet of succulent roast pig and other local delicacies. Later, just after sunset, you’ll head to a torch-lit amphitheatre where you’ll be treated to an elaborate luau show complete with local performers showcasing song and dance numbers inspired by the diverse cultures that have inhabited Hawaii over the years. The tour price includes dinner, a complimentary beverage of your choice, and the luau show.

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Kauai Multi-Day Tour

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. From $1,832 per person.

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