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September 15, 2020
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Oahu Things to Do: Guide to the Best Luaus on Oahu

When visiting Oahu, there are many fun things to do, but consider making a luau one of your ‘must experience’ activities. Luaus teach you about the Hawaiian culture and they leave guests with lasting memories. This Guide to Luaus on Oahu will tell you what to expect.

These are unusual times we find ourselves living in, with restrictions being put in place and lifted with little notice, so please be sure to confirm operating hours before visiting any of the attractions or venues mentioned in this article.

Attending a Luau on Oahu is a great way to learn about the Hawaiian and Polynesian culture and is a perfect chance to celebrate the spirit of Hawaii. Oahu has many authentic Luaus that you can attend. Each one presents beautiful dance, amazing food and energetic music - a combination that makes for a memorable occasion.

Our latest Oahu Travel Blog article, ‘Guide to the Best Luaus on Oahu,’ provides some basic background and information on Oahu’s popular Luaus.

When you attend a Luau on Oahu, you will enjoy fantastic entertainment, culture and food - and you will delight in a thrilling Pacific Island tradition. Luaus create a sense of togetherness among those in attendance and the people performing. They are special ways to connect with the ‘aloha’ spirit of the Hawaiian Islands.

About Luaus on Oahu:

Luaus on Oahu vary in price, time of day, type of entertainment and location. But they all offer an outstanding cultural experience, so any one you choose will provide for fond memories. You can expect most Luaus to begin at sunset and nearly all to offer food. Authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine is the centerpiece of Luaus on Oahu, and some traditional offerings include Kalua Pig cooked in the ground as well as Haupia (coconut pudding) and Poi (pounded taro).

Luaus were traditionally held on Oahu to celebrate special occasions. In some local Hawaiian families today, Luaus are still the way they welcome a new marriage, baby or other important milestone.

Attending a Luau on Oahu is a great way to learn about the Hawaiian and Polynesian culture and is a perfect chance to celebrate the spirit of Hawaii.

Do you love engaging entertainment? If so, you will love attending a Luau where Polynesian and Hawaiian music, as well as dance, take center stage. Many of the Luaus on Oahu feature fantastic fire dancers and most showcase graceful skilled Hula dancers.

Here are some of our picks for the Best Luaus on Oahu:

Polynesian Cultural Center
Location: 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie, HI 96762
Telephone: 800.367.7060

The Polynesian Cultural Center is much more than a Luau, this Polynesian-themed theme park is a living museum with many activities, hands on learning centers, IMAX Theater, musical and dancing shows located in Laie, on the northern shore of Oahu, Hawaii…and of course their Luau is one of the most popular among all the Hawaiian islands.

Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park 
Location: 41-202 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimanalo, Hawaii 96795
Telephone: 808.926.3800

The Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park is located just 20 minutes from Waikiki and it is an authentic Hawaiian Luau that features a great buffet, an award-winning show and many fun cultural activities.

Waikiki Starlight Luau
Location: 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Telephone: 808.941.5828

Experience Waikiki’s only rooftop Luau at the Waikiki Starlight Luau. At this fun-filled Oahu Luau, you can make leis, carve coconuts, get a Polynesian tattoo and test your skills at a pineapple toss.

Paradise Cove Luau
Location: 92-1089 Aliinui Drive, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Telephone: 808.842.5911

The Paradise Cove Luau takes place on a beautiful 12-acre beachfront estate and it is a unique Luau that includes an evening of authentic dining as well as traditional and contemporary dance. Paradise Cove is located in one of the most beautiful beach front locations which makes for a wonderful setting.

We hope our latest Oahu Travel Guide article, ‘Guide to the Best Luaus on Oahu’ inspires you to attend a Luau on Oahu and experience a memorable cultural activity.

Visit our Oahu Travel Guide for more recommendations for all there is to do, see and experience when visiting Oahu.

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