When traveling to Hawaii, a luau is a “must see” event for most people. Many places offer luaus, but some are far more popular and superior. There is certainly no shortage of luaus to see around the islands, but some are far better than others. Do yourself a favor and do some research before you a book a reservation. Talk to other tourists and see which one they recommend. Below you will find some of our favorite luaus along with some helpful information about booking a reservation.
Advice on Finding a Luau
When booking a luau, make sure you find a combination of traditional Hawaiian luau elements such as the Traditional Imu (Underground Oven) Presentation, an all you can eat buffet with traditional foods, dancers and performers and a location that you find enjoyable (though they are all located near beautiful scenery) and most have an open bar.
Enjoy a romantic, relaxing and fun filled evening. Pick up a shell or flower lei as a souvenir, as all of these luaus offer one or the other. Make sure to check dates and times as they all differ and many only perform on certain days of the week.
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Hyatt Regency’s Drums of the Pacific Luau
The show starts with the blowing of a conch shell and winds down after a thrilling display by a dramatic knife and fire thrower, one of Hawaii’s best. The show highlights how Hawaii’s first settlers migrating to the islands.
This luau is billed as Maui’s longest running luau, and culminates with a fireknife performance.
Old Lahaina Luau
The dancers from the Old Lahaina Luau are regarded as some of the island’s finest, and have taken their hula all the way to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Big Island of Hawaii
Island Breeze Luaus
Three separate luaus, performed at the King Kamehameha Hotel in Kailua-Kona, the Fairmont Orchid, and the Sheraton Keauhou.