Luaus are a Hawaiian staple and the perfect addition to your Aloha State getaway. With roots in ancient Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, luaus are a vibrant celebration of live entertainment and cuisine. Experience incredible music and dance performances as you feast on kalua pig (pork roasted in an underground oven), poi (mashed taro plant), and lau lau (pork wrapped in luau leaves). If this sounds like your idea of paradise, read on: we’ve put together a list of the best luaus in Hawaii.
Old Lahaina Luau
In 2015, the Old Lahaina Luau was voted the Best Luau in Hawaii by Hawai’i Magazine. Spend one evening at this incredible performance and you’ll understand why. Nearly seven nights a week, this luau sells out of all 500 spots, so give yourself plenty of time to make your reservations. Choose from traditional seating options—cross-legged on a cushion—or a table and chairs.
Feast at Lele
The name says it all: if you’re coming to indulge in traditional Hawaiian fare, the Feast at Lele is the Lahaina luau for you. Save room for a five-course meal worthy of royalty, from Mai Tais to kalua pig to dessert, all with an incredible view of the West Maui sunset. Lele is the ancient name for Lahaina, and you’ll be savoring an unforgettable evening on the very beach where the royal family of Maui did.
Te Au Moana Luau
Travelers choose Kihei for an off-the-beaten-path getaway, and you’ll find this same tranquility at Te Au Moana. This luau tucked along the beach lives up to its name, which translates to “the ocean tide.” Enjoy an open bar and all-you-can-eat feast, as well as interactive activities like hula lessons and island tattoos. Watch riveting fire-knife dances as the sun sets over this secluded part of the Pacific.
The Feast at Mokapu
The Feast at Mokapu is a new addition to the luaus in Maui, Hawaii. But this hidden gem offers the same excellent experience as its more established counterparts. Held only once a week, this luau caters to smaller crowds for a more intimate experience. You’ll be served delicious Polynesian cuisine as you enjoy the songs and dances evoking the traditional Hawaiian kuleana (responsibility) to the land.
Maybe you’re heading to the Big Island, and searching for the best luau in Honolulu. Paradise Cove was voted the Best Luau in Hawaii every year from 2014 through 2019 by the Honolulu-Star Advertiser. With accolades like this, you can’t go wrong. The evening begins with a traditional Mai Tai greeting. As you sip your cocktail, you can peruse crafts made by local artisans or play games in the Hawaiian Village. Then it’s time for the main event: a delicious dinner and sunset performance.
Ka Moana Luau
When searching for the best luau in Honolulu, perhaps you’re more interested in the value of your ticket. Not only will a visit to Ka Moana Luau grant you a fun-filled evening—where you’ll learn traditional Hawaiian trades like coconut-headband weaving or ukulele playing—but it includes a free admission to the Sea Life Park. Use it within seven days of your luau for a chance to meet dolphins, swim with sharks, and peruse displays of Hawaiian marine life.
Haleo is a Big Island luau with a healthy dose of history. The performance will captivate the entire family, as adults and children alike learn about the history of the land, from the birth of Kamehameha III to stories of surfing in He’eia Bay. Enjoy an open bar and an enormous menu including teriyaki, macaroni salad, lomi lomi salmon, and more.
Voyagers of the Pacific Luau
Witness an incredible fire knife performance at Voyagers of the Pacific, one of the best luaus on the Big Island. A traditional Imu ceremony—the unearthing of the kalua pork from its underground oven—plus a shell lei and Mai Tai greeting set the scene for a memorable night of music and dance. You’ll even find vegetarian and vegan dinner options, making this Big Island luau an excellent choice for travelers with dietary restrictions.
Tahiti Nui Restaurant
What started as a mom-and-pop diner has evolved over the years into a staple for locals, return tourists, and first-timers alike. If you’re looking for an affordable Kauai luau in Princeville, Tahiti Nui Restaurant is the place to go. While it’s indoors, unlike most traditional Hawaiian luaus, the intimate setting, lower price point, and friendly atmosphere make this one of the best luaus in Hawaii.
Smith’s Family Garden Luau
This just may be the most beautiful Kauai luau yet, set in a vibrant 30-acre botanical garden filled with tropical flora and fauna. The Smith family has taken care of this special place for generations, and their devotion to the land and their hospitality have made it one of the best luaus in Kauai. After the traditional Mai Tai greeting, guests can either meander along trails or enjoy a narrated tram tour—and then it’s on to the night’s show.