3 of the Best Luaus in the Big Island

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated January 11, 2022

One of the most popular ways to spend an evening on Hawaii’s Big Island is by attending a traditional Polynesian luaua, featuring live music, dancing and lashings of food.

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Given its name due to its imposing size, Big Island is a magnet for visitors thanks to its white sandy beaches, pristine waters, swaying coconut palm trees, and warm nights lit by tiki torches. What’s more, the island is also home to some of the best luau performances you’ll find anywhere in the Pacific State. Here are our top 3.

Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

Transport yourself to ancient Polynesia and experience Hawaiian culture in an enchanting oceanfront setting on the glimmering shores of Kailua Bay. Indulge in an island-inspired, all-you-can-eat buffet complete with a captivating luau show and thrilling Samoan fire-knife dancing. The evening kicks off with an aloha shell lei greeting and craft demonstrations, and, soon after, feast on a delicious buffet with traditional Hawaiian dishes made with local ingredients. Then, as drumbeats build, the sensational show unfolds on stage, inspired by Polynesian stories told through live music, song, and dance, culminating in the exciting fire knife dance finale. From $131 per person.

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 Hoʻomau-A Mai Grille Luau Show

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Visitors can come and gather under the stars for this magical 3-hour Big Island luau show featuring dinner from award-winning Mai Grille Restaurant. Performers will take you on a thrilling journey through Polynesia, stopping off at exciting locations like Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand as you’re regaled with the fable of Pele, the fire goddess, who meets a demigod, Kamapuaʻa, born both the blood of mortals and gods, all accompanied by fantastic drum beats and music. Alcoholic beverages, dinner, and the luau show are all included in the price of the tour. From $162 per person.

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Bringing the old Back: Pacific Cultural Center Hilo

When you grow something from the ground or make something with your hands in Hawaii, it’s said that it becomes a part of you, and you become a part of it. This unique three-hour experience at the Polynesian Cultural Center invites you to join in with a journey to recreate ‘Old Hawaii’, a place that was here long before Captain Cook or other immigrants. Listen to the elders speak and regale stories of their beloved Hawaii before the traditional villages were torn down, and plant a taro or help craft a traditional tool to play your part in repairing Hawaii. There’ll also be a chance to attend a real luau show, complete with hula music and culture. From $127 per person.

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