Most visitors to Hawaii have a luau on their to do list. Here are some of the most popular luaus for you to consider.
GERMAINE’S LUAU (established in the 1970’s).
Address: 91-119 Olai Street, Kapolei
Telephone: 800 367 5655 or 808 949 6626
Luau hours: Monday to Sunday – 5.30pm to 9.30pm
HOW DO I GET TO GERMAINE’S LUAU
BY CAR – From Waikiki – Take the H-I freeway West. Then follow the signs to Waianae. Leave freeway on exit #1 (Campbell Industrial Park) which loops over freeway and go towards ocean on Kalaeloa Boulevarde to the very end. Turn right on Olai Street and continue until the end of the road ending in Germaine’s Luau carpark. Takes approximately forty five minutes to one hour/27 miles.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN GERMAINE’S LUAU PACKAGES
You have a choice of three different luau packages to purchase.
All packages include all you can eat American/Hawaiian Buffet, 3 drink tickets (standard, premium or specialty drinks – depending on the package purchased), Entertainment – Non stop journey throughout the islands of Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand featuring fire dancers and the hula of Hawaii, Return motorcoach transport from Waikiki.
See website www.germainesluau.com for more details.
POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
Address: 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie
Telephone: 808 293 3333
- Monday to Saturday – 12 midday to 9pm
- Sunday – Closed
HOW DO I GET TO THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE
BY CAR – From Waikiki – Head north on Ena Road towards Ala Moana Boulevarde. Drive from HI-63N and HI-83W to Laie. Follow signs to the Polynesian Cultural Center. (34 miles/One hour and four minutes).
Free parking is available.
WHAT CAN I DO AT THE POLYNESIAN CENTER
There is so much to do and see during your visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center –
Experience the culture of Hawaii, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga and Easter Island in the villages around the center.
Watch the canoe pageant held at 2.30pm daily.
Take a personalised canoe tour around the 16 acre facility.
Learn all about the double-hulled Hawaiian voyaging canoe.
Watch a 12 minute Hawaiian journey experience on one of the largest screens in Hawaii.
Take a 35 minute escorted tram tour through Brigham Young University and the town of Laie to the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitors Center.
At the Hawaiian Mission Settlement take free lessons in polynesian weaving, ukele playing and learn about early christian missionaries on the islands of Hawaii.
The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a number of luau packages for you to consider. Go to www.polynesia.com for more details.
You will find snack stands selling Hotdogs, burgers, fries, sandwiches, specialty plates and drinks for your convenience.
Please note the Polynesian Cultural Center has a NO ALCOHOL POLICY.
HA Breath of Life show – Polynesian Cultural Center
PARADISE COVE LUAU
Address: 92-1087 Ali’inui Drive, Kapolei
Telephone: 808 842 5911
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 5pm to 9pm
HOW DO I GET TO PARADISE COVE
BY CAR – From Waikiki – Get on I-H-1W from Kalakaua Avenue and S Beretania Street. Follow I-H-1W, I-H-201W and I-H-1W to HI-93W. Continue on HI-93W and drive to Ali’inui Drive (25.5 miles/Forty four minutes).
WHAT CAN I DO AT PARADISE COVE
Try your hand at traditional Hawaiian games.
Visit the Hawaiian village and learn how to make a traditional Hawaiian lei or get a temporary polynesian tattoo.
Watch skilled tree climbers easily ascend the tallest palm trees and shower you with a cascade of tropical flowers.
Participate in the ceremonial pulling of the fish nets to the sound of the conch shell and traditional Hawaiian chants.
Witness the ‘Imu’ ceremony (traditional cooking in an underground oven).
Finish your afternoon at the Paradise Cove Extravaganza Show and all you can eat buffet.
See website www.paradisecove.com for more details and pricing of luau packages available.
Hula dancers – Paradise Cove Extravaganza
WAIKIKI STARLIGHT LUAU AT THE HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE
Address: 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu
Telephone: 808 941 5828
Hours: Sunday to Thursday – From 5.30pm (doors open at 5pm).
The Waikiki Starlight Luau is held on the rooftop (under the stars) of the Mid-Pacific Conference Center.
You can participate in activities such as group hula lessons, the pineapple toss, the conch shell blowing challenge or relax with a cocktail while watching the magnificent sunset over Waikiki.
Dinner is served from 6.15pm and the Waikiki Starlight Show featuring Hula Kahiko performers, acrobatic fire dancers, native Hawaiian music and Polynesian chants.
Performers Waikiki Starlight Luau
See website www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com for more details.
AHA’AINA LUAU AT THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN RESORT
(A Royal Luau – A cultural journey through time)
Dancers performing at the Aha’aina Luau
Address: 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
Telephone: 808 921 4600
Hours: Luau held every Monday from 5.30pm to 8pm.
The Aha’aina Luau at the Royal Hawaiian Resort is held on the Royal Hawaiian’s ocean lawn with Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head as a backdrop.
Dining station – Aha’aina Luau
Guest activities include kapa making (cloth made from pounded bark), poi pounding and na lawai’a (the tending of fishing tools).
With the sound of the traditional conch shell, guests are invited to dine on the various culinary stations while listening to the history of native cuisine.
After dinner guests are entertained by Hawaiian music, dance and hula.
See website www.royal-hawaiian.com
THE QUEEN KAPIOLANI LUAU
Polynesian dancers – Queen Kapiolani Luau
Address: 150 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu
Telephone: 808 922 1941
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
The Queen Kapiolani Luau is held on the scenic pool deck on the third floor of the Queen Kapiolani Hotel.
Advertised as a blend of Polynesian dance and Cirque du Soleil style performances.
Your evening begins with pre-show entertainment which include table side magic a balloon artist, music and dancing.
Dinner is served at 6pm and the show starts at 6.30pm.
Entertainment includes aerial hoop, polynesian dancers, aerial silk, warrior chant, the Haka, circus acts, Tahitian dancers and a Samoan fire knife dancer.
See website www.queenkapiolani.com for more details.
CHIEF’S LUAU AT THE SEA LIFE PARK
Address: 41 – 202 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimanalo
Telephone: 877 357 2480
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 5pm to 8.30pm
HOW DO I GET TO THE CHIEF’S LUAU
BY CAR – From Waikiki – Get onto the H-1-East. H-1 turns into Highway 72, Kalanianaole Highway go past Hanauma Bay and scenic lookouts. Follow the signs to the Sea LIfe Park which will be on your left. 14 miles/twenty five minutes.
Hosted by Chief Sielu Avea who is known as the ‘Coconut Man’, a world champion fire knife dancer and the best and funniest entertainer in the South Pacific.
Chief Sielu Avea
Start your evening off with interactive hula lessons, headband weaving, spear throwing, fire making and imu ceremony followed by a sumptuous Hawaiian luau feast, followed by the Chief’s Journey through the Polynesian Islands Show.
See website www.chiefsluau.com for more details.
Imu ceremony – the Chief’s Luau
THE BIG KAHUNA LUAU
Telephone: 808 690 9047
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 5.30pm
HOW DO I GET TO THE BIG KAHUNA LUAU
Return transportation from Waikiki is included in your luau package. Discover Hawaii Tours provides motorcoach transport from various hotel locations starting from 5.05pm and returning around 9pm.
Cocktails – Big Kahuna Luau
The Big Kahuna Luau is situated 5 miles outside of Waikiki at the Honolulu Ridge Estate, a 22 acre boutique estate sitting atop Mount Tantalus. This Estate is the site of the islands first macadamia nut plantation.
You can take part in activities such as lei making, henna tattoos, coconut weaving and husking, ukelele or hula lessons or just settle back and take in the sun setting over Oahu’s South Shore, the Honolulu City Skyline and Diamond Head Crater.
Fire dancer – Big Kahuna Luau
Feast on a buffet of local cuisine and traditional Hawaiian dishes and enjoy an entertaining evening of music, hula and fire dancing.
See website tiki.bigkahunaluau.com
THE HALE KOA LUAU
Blowing the Conch Shell – Hale Koa Luau
Address: 2055 Kalia Road, Honolulu
Telephone: 808 955 9676
Hours: Monday and Thursday from 5.30pm
The Hale Koa Luau is held in the tropical garden of the Hale Koa Hotel.
During cocktail hour you will be entertained by a musical duo and lei making demonstrations.
Experience an authentic imu (Hawaiian underground oven) followed by a buffet feast including kalua pig, lomi lomi salmon, salads and desserts.
At twilight you will be entertained by a musical journey through the islands of Polynesia, including the hula and fire knife dancing.
See website www.halekoa.com for more details.
The buffet – Hale Koa Luau
Fire dancer – Diamond Head Luau
THE DIAMOND HEAD LUAU
Address: 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu (at the Waikiki Aquarium)
Telephone: 808 439 6188
Hours: Sunday, Monday and Thursday 5.30pm to 8.30pm
HOW DO I GET TO THE DIAMOND HEAD LUAU
BY CAR – From Waikiki – Head east on Ala Moana Boulevarde towards Ala Moana Boulevarde. Use any lane to turn right onto Kalakaua Avenue. Keep right to stay on Kalakaua Avenue. Your destination will be on the right hand side. (1.8 miles/ten minutes).
BY BUS – From Waikiki – From Kalia Road and Panoa Place catch The Bus E towards Country Express WAIKIKI. Alight at Monsarrat Avenue and Kalakaua Avenue and walk approximately 0.4 miles/eight minutes. (Bus ride takes approximately twenty minutes).
WALKING – From Waikiki – Walk south on Ena Road towards Ala Moana Boulevarde. Turn left onto Ala Moana Boulevarde. Turn right onto Kalakaua Avenue. Take a slight right to stay on Kalakaua Avenue. Turn right and walk approximately 0.3 miles. (1.8 miles/thirty five minutes).
Entertainers – Diamond Head Luau
The Diamond Head Luau is situated at the Waikiki Aquarium and prides itself on focusing on interactive cultural activities such as lei making, basket weaving and Hawaiian tattoo.
With a maximum number of 200 guests you will be able to comfortably sit back and relax and enjoy a feast of contemporary and traditional Hawaiian food, and afterwards, be entertained by the songs and chants of Hawaii and Polynesia, acrobatic firedancers and hula.
Please note – Alcohol is not served at this venue. You are invited to try a kava cocktail ((a drink made in Polynesia from the crushed roots of a plant from the pepper family).
See website www.diamondheadbeachluau.com for more details.
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