For some, it’s the opportunity to taste poi. For others, it’s a chance to try their hands at the hula. Luaus in Hawaii delight the senses: gorgeous sunsets and fragrant flower lei are a feast for the eyes; flavorful Hawaiian food excites the palate; and the syncopated beat of Polynesian drums gets the blood pumping. What’s more, you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation of Hawaiian history. So don some festive aloha wear, sip a fancy cocktail and enjoy the ultimate in dinner and a show in paradise. Here’s a sampling of luau options across the islands.
Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock (Maui)
The Maui Nui Luau takes place at the foot of Pu‘u Keka‘a (the Hawaiian name for the Black Rock lava outcropping) at Ka‘anapali Beach, a splendid place to hear the saga of the demigod Maui and other enchanting stories from the Pacific. Choreographed by the renowned Tihati Productions, crowd-pleasers include the ancient Kane Hula dance, performed by men, and the romantic Tumu Iti Ame dance of the people of the Tuamotu Islands. A new addition to the luau’s buffet is the custom bread and bowl station, where guests can make their own kalua pig sliders and poke bowls.
Waikiki Starlight Luau (Oahu)
As its name suggests, this luau takes place on a rooftop terrace at the Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort. Pre-show festivities include a conch shell-blowing challenge and group hula lessons. Dinner offerings feature locally sourced ingredients, and the show takes the audience on a fabulous voyage across the South Seas, highlighted by a dazzling four-man Samoan fire knife dance.