Known as the Big Island due to its size that would allow it to fit the other major islands of the Hawaiian Islands within it, Hawaii is a magnet for visitors thanks to its white sandy beaches, pristine waters, swaying coconut palm trees, and warm nights lit by tiki torches.
One of the most popular ways to spend an evening on the Big Island is by attending a traditional Polynesian luaua, where you can expect live music and dancing and lashings of food including fresh pineapple, poi, lomilomi salmon and the famous kalua pig, If this sounds like your kind of thing, we’ve picked out 3 of the best luaus that the island has to offer.
From $112 per person
In the luxurious surroundings of the Sheraton hotel at Keauhou Bay, you’ll feast on a traditional Hawaiian buffet as you listen to the surf crashing against the shore, and revel in the excitement of a Polynesian show held beneath the stars. Before the meal, learn some funky moves at a hula demonstration by talented performers, or simply enjoy the ocean views towards a fiery sunset. Throughout the show, you’ll be regaled with stories telling the tales of the ancient kings who once inhabited the island. At the end of the night, stare in wonder as Polynesian fire dancers twirl rhythmically with drums, and enjoy live music, hula and song.
From $118 per person
Taking place in the Big Island’s downtown district, this 3-hour luau evening features a diverse mix of entertaining performances ranging from Fijian war dances to traditional Hawaiian hula. Receive a traditional shell-lei greeting, sample drinks from the open bar, participate in preliminary cultural activities, shop for traditional crafts, and enjoy an authentic 22-dish Hawaiian-style buffet before watching a royal procession representing King Kamehameha and his legacy. The night is capped off by the heart-pounding action of a Samoan fire and knife show.
From $132 per person
Experience Big Island hospitality at this 3-hour luau that features delectable Hawaiian food and drink, along with memorable live entertainment. Sip unlimited drinks from an open bar as you enjoy a buffet style feast, sample kalua pig alongside seafood, fruits and salads, and finish your meal with an assortment of sweet island desserts. Watch the tropical stars appear as performers depict the travels of Hawai’i Loa and his discovery of the Hawai’ian Islands. There’ll also be the chance to learn about Hawaiian crafts, hula dance and more during hands-on demonstrations.