Kaua‘i is blessed with beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, and beautiful valleys, perfect for daytime adventures and explorations. However, for the ultimate Hawaiian experience, nothing is quite like the spectacle, the flavor, and the excitement of an authentic Kauai luau. Treat yourself to sweet fruits, slow-roasted succulent meats, and traditional delicacies in a party-like atmosphere on a historic plantation, a botanical garden complete with free-roaming peacocks, or the luxurious grounds of an ocean-side resort. Relax beneath swaying palm trees as you enjoy traditional Hawaiian entertainment like hula and fire dancing, incredible multimedia adventures telling the epic tales of the Polynesian voyagers who first came to these islands, and live music. From start to finish you will be enthralled by the incredible food, the amazing spirit of these islands, and the talented performers who bring it all to life at a laua in Kauai, Hawaii.
The History of the Modern Kauai Luau
Combining elements of traditional Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, and Polynesian cultures, luaus are feast, celebration, and party rolled into one. The modern luau as we know it was not born until the 19th century when King Kamehameha II put a halt to the old Hawaiian tradition of separating men and women at meal time. To commemorate, he also removed the ban on foods previously enjoyed only by the ali`i (elite), and the resulting celebration was the first Kauai luau feast.
A Feast For The Senses
A luau in Kauai, Hawaii is a celebration of Hawaiian culture, but a feast that derives its name from a featured dish (lu`au, chicken steamed in taro leaves and coconut milk) better have amazing food. At Luau Kalamaku on the Kilohana Plantation in Līhu‘e, the buffet menu will wow you with local favorites and island classics that showcase the best of our island’s flavors. Your senses will quickly be overloaded with succulent Kalua pork, slow cooked in an imu (underground oven) for hours until it melts in your mouth. Local classics like poi (pounded taro root, a starchy island delicacy) are side by side with modern favorites like macaroni salad, smashed sweet potatoes (they’re purple!), and haupia for dessert. Delicious pan-seared Ono (Wahoo) and vegetarian dishes round out a delicious menu that also features plenty of desserts. Oh yeah, there is an open bar, too.
A Garden Party
The Smith Family Garden Luau is a tropical oasis in the heart of the Wailua River Valley. Held on a 30-acre botanical garden, this family-run, family-friendly luau experience includes a delicious feast (the pa`ina) with imu roasted pig, succulent chicken adobo, and Grandma’s famous poi (she will insist you try). The grounds are full of tropical fruit trees, exotic flowers, stately bamboo groves, and the ever-popular roaming peacocks that keep a wary eye on the festivities. The dinner show includes exciting displays of fire dancing, knife dancing, and pulsing rhythms of Tahitian drums.
Kaua‘i’s only beach luau is at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Resort in Poipu. Enjoy the warm evening breezes and flickering tiki torches beneath the stars as you feast with friends new and old, with the Pacific Ocean lapping at your toes. Delicious cocktails might have you convinced you should try your hand at fire-knife dancing, but we recommend you leave it to the professionals and enjoy the spectacle of the fabulous after-dinner show at the Kauai luau. Hula dancers backed by pulsing drums will tell you the tales of the island as you enjoy a sumptuous feast in one of the most beautiful settings in all of Kaua‘i.