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November 20, 2018
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Maria Mancuso

Attend an Authentic Hawaiian Luau

No visit to Oahu is complete without enjoying an authentic Hawaiian Luau.

An authentic Luau is a great way to celebrate and learn about the rich Hawaiian and Polynesian culture.

Oahu has a variety of authentic Luau’s to choose from during your visit.  A great Luau features great food, entertainment, music, dancers and more to showcase Pacific Island traditions and create a sense of togetherness among the attendees and artists.

Luau’s on Oahu vary from location, time of day, costs, entertainment, etc.  It is best to do your research before you arrive on the island and if you still have further questions, ask the hotel concierge or call the Luau venue directly.

We have provided some basic information for a few of the top Oahu Luau’s, but this is not a complete list of Luau’s.

What should you expect from attending an authentic Oahu Luau?
Most Luau’s begin around sunset and go into the night.  The food is the center piece of a great Luau, where you will dine on Kalua Pig, cooked in the ground, Poi (pounded Taro), Haupia (Coconut Pudding), various Seafood and more.

Luaus were also often used in celebration, and in some local families, this tradition is still a way to welcome a new baby, celebrate a marriage, or mark some other important occasion.

If you enjoy learning about other cultures, great food and engaging entertainment, you will enjoy an exciting Polynesian and Hawaiian Luau with live performances of music, fire dancers, Hula dancers and more.  

Several Luau’s provide transportation to and from their venues to Oahu hotels.

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Enjoy traditional activities like Lei making, Hula lessons, Ukulele lessons, Coconut head-band weaving, and (temporary) Polynesian tattoos.

Some of the top Oahu Luau’s include:

Ka Moana at Sea Life Park
Address: 41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795
Phone: 808-926-3800

Ka Moana is located 20 minutes from Waikiki at Sea Life Park, another great Oahu activity, on Oahu’s east side.  Ka Moana features an award-winning production, cultural activities and a great buffet. Ka Moana’s Luau is a great time and wonderful way to learn about Hawaiian and Polynesian traditions, food and entertainment.  Expect great food from the Luau buffet from Chef Joshua Bulock.

Enjoy traditional activities like Lei making, Hula lessons, Ukulele lessons, Coconut head-band weaving, and (temporary) Polynesian tattoos.

Waikiki Starlight Luau At Hilton Hawaiian Village
Address: 2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: 808-941-5828

The Waikiki Starlight Luau is Waikiki’s only outdoor, rooftop Luau which makes for a memorable setting for this great event.  You can watch and participate in fun activities like Lei making, Coconut carving, Polynesian tattooing, Pineapple toss and more! 

Experience the tradition of Polynesian and Hawaiian islands with live music, entertainment, Fire dancers and of course an all you can eat Luau buffet.

Traditional Fire Dancers are a popular part of the best Luaus.
Traditional Fire Dancers are a popular part of the best Luaus.

Paradise Cove
Address: 92-1089 Aliinui Drive Kapolei, HI 96707
Tel: 808-842-5911

Located on a beautiful, 12-acre beachfront estate, Paradise Cove Luau is where a Hawaiian-style Luau supper and Polynesian entertainment is staged with fun-filled activities throughout the evening.

Take part in a traditional ‘Hukilau’ where guests take part in pulling fishing nets from the surf.

Next the Paradise Cove Royal Court sunset ceremony unearths the Luau's traditional roasted pig from the ground. Paradise Cove’s Luau buffet includes all the traditional Luau fare including; Lomi Lomi, Poi, Salmon, and of course Kalua Pig. 

During dinner you will enjoy traditional and contemporary Hawaiian and Polynesian songs and dances by award-winning performances.

The Polynesian Cultural Center
Address: 55-375 Kamehameha Highway Laie, HI 96762
Phone: 844-572-2347

Situated on 42-acres of beautiful land on Oahu’s northern side, the Polynesian Cultural Center is more than just a Luau, it is a Polynesian-themed park with living museums, activities, cultural demonstrations and hands on activities.  Guests can take Hula lessons, Ukulele lessons and take part in traditional arts and crafts.

The Polynesian Cultural Center is unique among other Luau venues on Oahu, the venue has a river running through the lush park with canoe rides. Guests enjoy a Canoe Pageant where Polynesian dancers perform on floating platforms. This show takes place every day at 2:30 p.m.

After feasting on traditional Luau fare, guests can watch the amazing evening show in the open-air theater with a cast of over100 performers, making it the largest show on Oahu.

If you have never enjoyed a traditional Hawaiian Luau, add this amazing and entertaining event to your list things to do on Oahu. 

Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center is unique among other Luau venues on Oahu, the venue has a river running through the lush park with canoe rides.

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