Be sure to take in a fun luau during your visit to Oahu Island
Oahu is the most populated of the Hawaiian Islands and it also offers a wide variety of great luaus. There are several luaus in the heart of Waikiki. One of Waikiki’s best is the Royal Hawaiian Luau which is held every Monday evening at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, ‘The Pink Palace of the Pacific.’
Two other outstanding and well-known Oahu luaus are located far from the shores of Waikiki, and round-trip transportation to these luaus is often part of the evening package. The Polynesian Cultural Center is located in the tiny town of Laie near Oahu’s famous North Shore. The Center’s Alii Luau is held Monday-Saturday and, because of its all-Hawaiian show, is with out a doubt the most authentic luau on the island. Oahu also has two quite large-scale luaus about 45 minutes from Waikiki on the Western side of the island – Germaine’s Luau in Kapolei and Paradise Cove Luau at the beautiful Ko Olina Resort.
Paradise Cove Luau is one of the largest and most respected luau shows in Hawaii, serving Hawaii’s malihini (guests) and kama’aina (locals) for more than 20 years. Their 12 oceanfront acres feature spectacular sunset views nightly.
Live Hawaiian music fills the flower-scented air as you are greeted with a tropical Mai Tai and begin to casually stroll through the Hawaiian village. There, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the arts and crafts of the islands, or test your skills at some native Hawaiian games. Witness skilled tree-climbers ascend the highest of palm trees to pluck a fresh coconut. This luau is great families as there are many games and activities that kids will enjoy.
Then it’s on to the beach to participate in a hukilau – the ceremonial pulling of the fishnets to the rhythms of the conch shell and Hawaiian chants. Next, watch the Royal Court Procession and the time-honored techniques of underground oven cooking at the Imu Ceremony. The feast that follows is a delicious blend of the best of traditional Hawaiian dishes, local favorites and continental cuisine.
At sunset, the Paradise Cove Extravaganza will entertain and amaze you with an unforgettable display of songs and dances of Hawaii and Polynesia.
Reservations for the Paradise Cove Luau are required – More Info & tickets for Paradise Cove Luau
Photos courtesy of Paradise Cove Luau.
The Alii Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center, winner of the coveted Kahili Award for preserving Hawaiian culture, is widely recognized as Oahu’s most authentic luau.
Participating in the luau requires admission into the Polynesian Cultural Center, named ‘Hawaii’s favorite visitor attraction’ by the People’s Choice Awards. You can spend the day leading up to the luau exploring the 42-acre site and experiencing the many wonders of Polynesia. Or if you prefer, you can buy a half-day entry and Luau ticket.
The Alii Luau begins at 5:30pm with a shell lei greeting as you enter the breezy secluded site complete with a tropical lagoon and a 15-foot waterfall. After the ceremonial lifting of the pig from the steaming rocks of the imu (underground oven), the conch shell blows to announce the arrival of the Hawaiian royalty, the Alii Court.
You’ll enjoy a traditional Hawaiian feast plus local favorites and fantastic entertainment before being seated for the award-winning “HA: Breath of Life” show!
It’s a great way to spend an afternoon experiencing Polynesian culture and then completing the evening with delicious food, fun and an unforgettable show!
Reservations for the Polynesian Cultural Center luau are required. More info & tickets: Alii Luau at Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu
Photos courtesy of the Polynesian Cultural Center.
If you’re looking for rollicking good fun, lots of laughs and a spectacular Polynesian show, the Chief’s Luau is for you! It’s located just 25 minutes from Waikiki in Sea Life Park’s private meadow overlooking scenic Makapuu Bay and offshore islands. The evening starts with Hawaiian crafts, hula lessons, coconut husking, fire making, weaving, tattooing, and more. Then it’s a lavish luau feast, with traditional Hawaiian dishes as well as salads, vegetable stir fry and Chicken Teriyaki.
After dinner, sit back and enjoy Chief Sielu and his tribe of fire-twirling, tree-climbing, comedic, dynamic Polynesian drummers, dancers and entertainers! Your evening culminates with World Champion Fire Knife Dancer Chief Sielu and his tribe filling the night sky with fire! This luau gets rave reviews on TripAdvisor.
More info & tickets for this Oahu Luau: Chiefs Luau at Sea Life Park Hawaii
Photos courtesy of Chief’s Luau.
Located on the the grounds of the famous Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the Pink Palace of the Pacific, this is Waikiki’s only oceanfront dinner and luau show!
Your evening begins with a flower lei greeting and invitation to enjoy refreshing Mai Tais or Luau Punch on the Ocean Lawn as you relax and take in the gorgeous vista of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Various cultural activities and stories take place before you are served a sumptuous sit-down Polynesian dinner under the stars, featuring foods from the Islands.
The crowning glory of the Royal Hawaiian Luau is the spectacular Royal Polynesian Extravaganza. Everyone is sure to enjoy the song and dance of the Hawaiian culture along with other Pacific Rim cultures that have influenced the people of Hawaii.
With Diamond Head as the majestic background, this is undoubtedly the most elegant, romantic and gourmet of the luaus on Oahu.
More info & tickets for this Oahu Luau: Royal Hawaiian Luau
Photos courtesy of Royal Hawaiian Luau
Enjoy the flavorful Hawaiian and cosmopolitan luau delicacies while you are entertained by some of the best cultural performers in Hawaii! Located under the stars at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable evening in the heart of Waikiki!
You will be greeted by live music and with a lei, and then you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of interactive games and activities such as a pineapple toss, Polynesian Tatau (tattoo station), coconut carving and hula lessons!
Gather together for the Conch Shell Blowing Challenge, then watch as the evening’s delicacies are explained and introduced.
After you experience the myriad of different activities that are available, enjoy a lavish all-you-can eat dinner buffet, then lose yourself in the wonder and excitement of Polynesian song and dance!
We invite you to this beautiful and fun luau, where you can lose yourself in Hawaiian hospitality, music, dance,and celebration!
Photos courtesy of Waikiki Starlight Luau.