So, where can you eat some of that “ono” food and watch in awe at the amazing and talented performers?
If you’re staying in Poipu, there’s the Luau Havaiki Nui at the Grand Hyatt Kauai and the Auli’i Luau at the Sheraton Kauai Resort. If you decide to attend the Hyatt’s luau, you’re getting the complete package of good food, crafts, crowd participation, and of course the main show to put an exclamation point on the night. The Auli’i Luau is held in special regards as being Kauai’s only oceanfront luau. So, if the weather isn’t looking so gloomy, an oceanfront event sounds like a good deal!
Poipu is an estimated 20-minute drive to Puhi; there, you will find the Kilohana Plantation, which holds the Luau Kalamaku. You get the option to ride a train that circles the 105-acre plantation, which also has a short stop where kids get an opportunity to feed some farm animals. What truly makes this luau special is the performance value. The dances and songs are all stringed together seamlessly as the cast attempts to tell a story for their main show. If you want to travel further east or if you’re staying on the North Shore, you may be interested in the Smith’s Family Garden Luau. This luau is held by the Wailua River and just like Luau Kalamaku, you get the option for a little trip before the even starts, except the Smith’s Luau offers a tram tour right on the River. This luau is held in an open-air amphitheatre and guests experience performances from different countries, such as Tahiti, Philippines, New Zealand, and even Japan.
Brush up on your dance moves because if you get a seat up front you never know if you’ll be spontaneously called up mid-performance!