12 Best Luau in Oahu for the Most Authentic Experience

What’s a visit to the Aloha State without attending a traditional luau?

Known for its rich history, exotic entertainment, and welcoming attitude, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.

However, with so many luaus in Oahu, it can be difficult to choose the right one.

Is it worth waiting in line to get into the Paradise Cove Luau? Or should you try something off the beaten path?

You’ll find all those answers in this guide to the best luaus in Oahu.

Just want an answer? Paradise Cove Luau is our top pick.

We get into the nitty gritty in this luau guide, so read till the end to find out why this is the one you should visit!

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1. Paradise Cove Luau

What is paradise but the hush of waves, delicious food and an overwhelming sense of community that makes your heart thrum?

The best luau in Oahu delivers all that and more, starting with a hotel pickup.

The sunset view at Paradise Cove Luau’s coastal setting greets you warmly, followed by a traditional Hawaiian lei and Mai Tai cocktail.

Before the feast, you’re led through traditional games, showered with flowers, drawn into the Hukilau (a scattered line dance), and taught old net fishing techniques.

Having kick-started your appetite, Paradise Cove’s extensive menu is brought to the table: kalua pork, fresh seafood, and a visual feast of hula dancers and fire twirlers.

What makes this Oahu luau stand out? This 5.5-hour experience is entirely customizable, from the design of your lei to pre-dinner activities and post-dinner souvenirs.

Pricing & Packages: 

Hawaiian Luau: $140 per adult, $115 for youth (ages 13-20), and $100 for children. This standard package includes a warm and welcoming shell lei greeting, along with a special Cove Card worth $12 for adults ($8 for children).

This card can be used at the cash bar or gift shop, allowing you to indulge in delightful treats or find the perfect souvenirs.

Orchid Luau: $165 per adult, $150 for youth, and $120 for children. This upgraded package includes a fresh flower lei that will add a touch of elegance to your evening. Alongside, you’ll have an upgraded Cove Card, valued at $16 for adults ($12 for children).

And with centered middle seating right in the heart of the action, every moment of this mesmerizing spectacle will unfold before your eyes.

Deluxe Luau: $230 per adult, $200 per youth, and $175 per child. This elite package pulls out all the stops from start to finish.

You’ll get a fresh flower lei as soon as you arrive and a generous Cove Card worth $20 per adult ($16 per child) at your disposal.

Take your place in the front row center seating and immerse yourself in the captivating performances up-close and personal.

Enjoy personalized table service and a complimentary photo that captures your excitement and anticipation upon arrival.

What We Like:

  • Idyllic setting right on the ocean, surrounded by swaying palm trees and the gentle sound of waves crashing.
  • Captivating cultural demonstrations that will transport you straight into the heart of Hawaiian traditions.

Things to Consider:

  • With over 700 people attending each night, it can feel more like a bustling extravaganza than an intimate gathering. However, what it lacks in exclusivity, it makes up for in sheer grandeur and vibrant energy.
  • When it comes to food, expectations are met but not blown away. While not extraordinary by any means, the flavors are more than satisfactory, serving up a taste of Hawaii’s classic dishes minus the five-star finesse.

2. Chief’s Luau

With energetic greetings, the star of this luau steps out to start the Polynesian welcoming ceremony.

Chief Sielu, a world-champion fire-knife dancer and comedian, guides you through 2 hours of cultural immersion.

You’re launched into an interactive and creative storytelling of the Polynesian islands, where experienced performers show off their musical and dance talents.

Having perked your interest, Chief’s Luau continues with traditional activities; you can opt between headband weaving, fire-starting, receiving a temporary tattoo, or taking a hula lesson.

The luau buffet chimes in when your stomach starts grumbling, offering up local fare like pineapple-glazed chicken and kalua pork. All in all, the entertainment makes it a top luau in Oahu.

Pricing & Packages:

Aloha Experience: $135 for adults, $110 for youth (13-20), $95 for children (5-12), and free admission for infants (0-4).

As you arrive, a beautiful shell lei is placed around your neck. Then, get ready to indulge in an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian luau feast. Sip on one complimentary drink of your choice.

Paradise Experience: $170 for adults, $150 for youth (13-20), $120 for children (5-12), and free admission for infants (0-4).

Enjoy everything included in the Aloha Experience, plus an upgrade to a Kukui Nut lei greeting and two adult beverages. 

Royal Experience: $215 for adults, $180 for youth (13-20), $170 for children (5-12), and free admission for infants (0-4).

Be embraced by fresh flower leis and greeted with a Mai Tai cocktail that whispers “paradise” into every sip.

Indulge in the delectable all-you-can-eat Hawaiian luau feast as well as three adult beverages throughout the night. Receive a memorable souvenir gift to remember this extraordinary experience forever.

What We Like:

  • Brace yourself for a rollercoaster ride of laughter and entertainment. With jaw-dropping production quality, this luau sets the bar higher than ever before.

Things to Consider:

  • If you’re a luau aficionado looking for something more traditional, this might not be your perfect match. But first-timers are sure to revel in the magic this event offers.
  • Be prepared for those buffet lines where the wait can feel like forever – but trust us when we say every bite is worth it! 
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3. Toa Luau at Waimea Valley

The Toa Luau at Waimea Valley is more than just a traditional show; it’s a reminder that everything comes from nature and returns to it in due time.

Even before you experience this authentic Oahu luau, you’re encouraged to hike to Waimea Falls and explore the lush botanical gardens surrounding it.

As you breathe in the fragrance of your lei, give it your all during lawn activities!

You’ll soon move to where the Umu (rock oven) Demonstration takes place, followed by a Kava ceremony.

Once you’ve completed this religious and traditional rite, dinner is served.

Entertainment is a two-part show: first, a Polynesian show that brings you to Hawaii, Tonga, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa; then, a fire-knife dance that demonstrates incredible skill.

Pricing & Packages: 

Silver Luau: $115 for adults ($95 for children). With general seating and a delightful flower lei greeting, you’ll be immersed in the vibrant island culture from the moment you arrive. Adults will be treated to one drink ticket to quench their thirst after a long journey.

Gold Luau: $145 for adults ($125 for children). Upgraded seating promises prime views of all the action, while two drink tickets ensure you’ll stay refreshed throughout the show.

And of course, don’t forget about that enchanting flower lei greeting that will have you feeling like island royalty.

VIP Luau: $175 for adults ($145 for children). Front-row seating provides an up-close and personal experience with every dazzling performance.

And with three drink tickets in hand, let loose and indulge in your favorite tropical libations as you revel in this unforgettable escapade.

Complete with a lavish flower lei greeting upon arrival, this package offers an unrivaled level of opulence.

What We Like:

  • Enchanting ambiance of a small-scale luau, with a mesmerizing oasis where waterfalls cascade in the background.
  • Delve into activities that will transport you into an ancient Polynesian world – from learning the fine art of coconut leaf weaving to witnessing captivating poi ball dancing.

Things to Consider:

  • This one-of-a-kind experience can only be savored on three coveted days each week, making this all the more exclusive and sought after. 

4. Ka Moana Luau

Another well-established Hawaiian luau is the Ka Moana Luau.

Ticking all the checkboxes of a traditional luau, the 3-hour experience kicks off at sunset and culminates with an amazing Sword of Fire dance.

Once the lei have been placed in its rightful place (around your neck, that is), visitors split off to various cultural activities.

Choose between ukulele lessons, lei crafting, hula dance lessons, coconut headband weaving and more.

You’ll then be ushered towards the buffet table, which comes with a bar menu for over 18s.

The award-winning production follows and highlights traditions across Hawaii and Polynesia.

There’s an unexpected perk too – all Ka Moana Luau tickets include admission to Sea Life Park. Simply redeem it within seven days!

Pricing & Packages:

Moana Classic Luau: $129 for adults, $109 for youths, $89 for children, and infants (0-3) are free of charge.

With the Classic Shell Lei Greeting, you’ll instantly feel like an islander. Sip on a refreshing drink while participating in fascinating cultural activities. Relax in Moana Classic Seating as you savor the flavors of a farm-to-table buffet dinner. 

Moana Splash Luau: $149 for adults, $129 for youths, $109 for children, and infants (0-3) are free of charge.

Get ready to be greeted with a traditional Shell Lei as you enjoy two drinks. Engage in captivating cultural activities before settling into Moana Splash Seating. Indulge in a farm-to-table buffet dinner. 

Moana Celebrity Luau: $199 for adults, $179 for youths, $159 for children, and infants (0-3) are free of charge.

They’ll welcome you with a stunning Fresh Flower Lei and two delectable drinks. Revel in immersive cultural activities before reclining in the lavish comforts of Moana Celebrity Seating.

Farm-to-table buffet dinner included with personalized table service throughout the evening. You’ll also get a complimentary Welcome Mai Tai and a souvenir gift along with a Hawaiian Snack Bag filled with surprises.

What We Like:

  • An alluring array of delectable dishes overflows your plates, leaving you in awe of the sheer variety.
  • The entertainers at this luau are not your average performers; with their dazzling costumes and mesmerizing Polynesian dances, these men and women will whisk you away on a journey through the islands.

Things to Consider:

  • No sweeping views of Hawaii and it can get a bit crowded and pricey at times.
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5. Polynesian Cultural Center Luau

If you’re hunting down an authentic, immersive cultural experience – the luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center is practically a full-day affair.

Hosted by a legitimate cultural representative, this is one of the best luaus to experience on Oahu.

Whether you’re going for the most basic Islands of Polynesia package or the Exclusive Super Ambassador gig, your journey begins with a tour through 6 island villages.

You get to interact with island villagers in their home before being whisked away to the Alii Luau buffet.

Tasting is believing; the menu is highly praised, as is the dinner entertainment.

The “HA: Breath of Life” evening show is quoted to be: exceptional, fantastic, and you won’t regret going! While pricey, it comes highly recommended for those who have time to spare.

It’s like stepping into a vibrant tapestry of Pacific heritage; truly the most authentic expression of Polynesian culture we’ve ever witnessed.

And let’s talk logistics for a moment: getting to Laie from Waikiki takes roughly one hour and fifteen minutes (buckle up for an awe-inspiring drive through breathtaking landscapes).

During daylight hours, prepare to have your senses washed over with spectacular sights that will leave you speechless; it truly ranks high on my list of unmissable Hawaiian experiences.

Pricing & Packages:

Ali’i Luau: $190 per adult and $152 per child. Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of the six island villages, where you’ll discover the secrets of Polynesian culture.

But that’s only the beginning – your ticket also includes exclusive access to the famed Ali’i Luau. Indulge in a mouthwatering buffet dinner while being serenaded by mesmerizing Hawaiian melodies.

Secure your seat at the spectacular Ha: Breath of Life show and immerse yourself in an evening of pure enchantment.

Super Ambassador Luau: $270 per adult and $216 per child. Embark on a private guided tour through the captivating six island villages.

Glide through crystal-clear waters on a reserved canoe ride while the expert guides unveil ancient legends and fascinating traditions.

Unwind with delectable culinary offerings at the Ali’i Luau, accompanied by sensational dinner entertainment.

And to top it off, revel in premium seating at the awe-inspiring Ha: Breath of Life show; truly an experience like no other.

What We Like:

  • This extraordinary hands-on adventure offers nearly 9 hours of pure entertainment, making it an absolute steal for your hard-earned cash.
  • With its impeccable theming, attention to detail, and family-friendly atmosphere, this place is simply irresistible.

Things to Consider:

  • Be prepared for one common gripe – no alcohol! As this luau is owned by the Mormons, you won’t find any boozy concoctions here.
  • If you’re solely interested in experiencing a traditional luau and not everything else included, you might find yourself questioning whether splurging on this pricier option is worth it.
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6. Germaine’s Luau

Capturing the sense of aloha and ohana that Hawaii is famous for, Germaine’s Luau demonstrates why a luau is a top thing to do in Oahu at night.

Forgo the slick venues and fancy settings; this backyard-style set up is all about those family feels.

Help yourself to multi-course Hawaiian-American buffet – dishes range from kalua pig (of course) to island fish and pulehu chicken.

Plates piled high; you might make small talk with your new cousins while kids try to imitate the fast-paced Samoan dances.

Long tables are placed before the main stage, where fire dancers and hula experts offer a lively show.

For those in need of entertainment for group gatherings like wedding parties, family reunions and corporate parties; Germaine’s Luau also offers off-site performances.

Pricing & Packages:

Original Luau: $150 per adult, $130 for youth (ages 13-20), $110 for children (4-12), and infants (under 3)  are free of charge.

Brace yourself for a whirlwind of excitement as you’re greeted with a warm and inviting shell lei upon arrival.

Take a seat in the outside non-reserved seating area, where you’ll feast on a delectable Hawaiian-American Dinner Meal.

You’ll also receive two alcoholic drink tickets per adult to sip on your favorite libations while taking in the mesmerizing Polynesian Show.

Plumeria Luau: $190 per adult, $165 for youth (ages 13-20), $155 for children (4-12), and infants (under 3) are free of charge.

Prepare to be treated like royalty as you enter with a kukui nut lei greeting fit for VIPs. Take your place in the coveted reserved seating area, where the attentive staff will cater to your every need.

Indulge in a sumptuous Hawaiian-American Dinner Meal served with “Dismissal-First” service so there’s no waiting in line.

And don’t forget about the drinks – three drink tickets per adult await, along with three non-alcoholic drink tickets for juniors and children. Plus, take home a souvenir gift to remember this special evening.

What We Like:

  • Unparalleled friendliness of the staff and the mind-blowing entertainment that will leave you begging for more.
  • This show is a careful masterpiece, meticulously crafted with every cultural detail in mind.

Things to Consider:

  • Brace yourself for a lively crowd and a slight setback in pace when it comes to the food, which are minor trade-offs considering the overall enchantment that awaits you. 

7. Rock-A-Hula

Spirited, showy, something less stuffy – Rock-A-Hula is a rather unconventional luau that cranks up the showmanship to Broadway proportions.

If you’re the kind of traveler who zips around the place, its convenient location in downtown Honolulu is perfect.

The buffet, while generous in variety, isn’t the focus of this luau experience.

You’re immediately launched into a musical atmosphere, being served pineapples while basking in Hawaiian music.

Mai Tai cocktails are offered alongside hula lessons; you’re also free to browse through memorabilia in the Legends Room.

Once ready, settle at the mezzanine for the Rock-A-Hula show.

The talent cast performs hula, fire-knife dancing and other cool stunts to Hawaiian and Polynesian music.

The highlight for some? The meet-and-greet after the show, where you can commemorate the night via autographs and photos with the artists.

Pricing & Packages:

Original Waikiki Luau: $130 for adults and $78 for children. Includes a delectable Hawaiian-style buffet dinner featuring mouthwatering luau pig and roast beef, an island salad bar, and a Hawaiian dessert sampler.

You’ll also be treated to an unforgettable Rock-A-Hula show with live Hawaiian music and even a Hula lesson!

VIP Waikiki Luau: $162 for adults and $98 for children. You’ll have access to VIP seating, making sure you have the best view in the house.

You’ll also enjoy priority access to the buffet so you can indulge in the ‘ono (tasty) Hawaiian feast before anyone else.

In addition to a refreshing Mai Tai, you’ll also receive a premium beverage of your choice – the perfect way to toast to an incredible night.

Green Room Waikiki Luau: $216 for adults and $130 for children. This package offers everything from exclusive reception and backstage tour opportunities to first access to the buffet.

In addition to a Mai Tai and premium beverage of your choice, you’ll also be treated like royalty with a glass of bubbly.

Plus, as a special touch, you’ll receive a fresh orchid lei – the ultimate symbol of Hawaiian hospitality.

What We Like:

  • Family-like atmosphere from the moment you step foot into this incredible journey.
  • This luau takes entertainment to a whole new level, with an emphasis on fun and excitement rather than just Polynesian culture.

Things to Consider:

  • Not for those that are seeking a more traditional luau experience.
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8. Diamond Head Luau

Like the other Oahu luau’s on this list, Diamond Head Luau is a mishmash of food, entertainment and cultural activities.

Make a brief stop at Waikiki Aquarium before festivities start; admission is included with every luau ticket. With its oceanfront setting, ambiance is guaranteed.

Once you’ve received your lei during the initial greeting, you’re free to try weaving and hula dancing.

The farm-to-table buffet will inevitably catch your attention, until the sunset over Waikiki Beach signals the highlight of the night: the Polynesian song and dance show. For downtowners, the excitement is just minutes away!

Pricing & Packages: 

Standard Luau: $225 per adult (18+), $179 for youth (ages 13-17), $159 for children (4-12), and infants (under 3) are free of charge.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll be adorned with a beautiful lei as you indulge in a refreshing Mai Tai.

Sip on two of your favorite drinks while relishing delightful culinary creations from talented vendors. Enjoy complimentary admission to the world-renowned Waikiki Aquarium.

Premium Luau: $249 per adult (18+), $199 for youth (ages 13-17), $179 for children (4-12), and infants (under 3) are free of charge. Designed for those who crave nothing but luxury and elegance.

Experience a grand welcome with a vibrant flower lei and a refreshing Mai Tai drink upon arrival. Delight in two drink tickets as you explore an array of tempting beverages at the bar.

Savor mouthwatering dishes from each vendor using one food ticket per vendor, allowing you to savor multiple delectable offerings throughout the evening.

Engage with exciting cultural activities that showcase Hawaii’s vibrant traditions and history while admiring stunning marine life at the renowned Waikiki Aquarium without any additional cost.

What We Like:

  • Brace yourself for an adventure that not only offers mesmerizing views of the enchanting Waikiki beach sunset but also throws in a delightful surprise – free admission to the aquarium with every luau ticket!

Things to Consider:

  • Bear in mind that this evening might leave a dent in your wallet. While the event itself is undeniably fun and exhilarating, some may find it falls prey to brevity.

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9. Waikiki Starlight Luau

Do as much or little as you want at Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Waikiki Starlight Luau.

Rated 5/5 for entertainment, this luau spills out onto a lagoon front setting to show off its exciting production.

Fire knife dancers, live music and traditional dances make up the Voyages Across the South Seas show. Elsewhere, guests are learning how to hula.

The luau lasts around 3 hours, inclusive of lei greetings, a tropical buffet and the Starlight Show.

While many praise the live acts, general consensus says: it’s overpriced.

Opt between the Golden Circle Seating and closer up Premier Seating but be aware that food quality isn’t all that consistent, regardless of seating package.

Pricing & Packages:

Golden Circle: $185 per adult (12+), $120 for children (4-11), and infants (under 3) are free of charge. Military personnel and Kama’aina are eligible for discounts.

You’ll be greeted with a warm and heartfelt lei greeting. Sip on refreshing Mai Tai Punch and one other beverage of your choosing while treating yourself to a delectable spread of Hawaiian and other Island delicacies.

Diamond Premier: $225 per adult (12+), $160 for children (4-11), and infants (under 3) are free of charge. Military personnel and Kama’aina are eligible for discounts.

Revel in the closest seats to the stage, ensuring you won’t miss a single captivating moment. With two refreshing beverages, including the iconic Mai Tai Punch, and an array of mouthwatering island treats, you’ll be transported to gastronomic bliss.

But here’s the best part – as a Diamond Premier guest, you’ll have the exclusive privilege of being the first to indulge in this exquisite feast. 

What We Like:

  • The drinks pack a punch you won’t see coming – prepare for an unexpected adventure with every sip!
  • The performance is so much more than just stunning – it’s an explosion of pure artistry that will leave you breathless with awe and amazement.

Things to Consider:

  • This luau lacks the authentic Hawaiian touch we all crave; although it left us wishing for a little something extra, don’t let that deter you from experiencing this remarkable feast for your senses.

10. Ka Wa’a Luau

Disney is a guaranteed child-pleaser so it stands that their Ka Wa’a Luau is one of the best luau in Oahu for families.

Disney characters are featured throughout the show to exciting cheers in the crowd.

The food, served in bento boxes during pandemic times, came in overly generous portions. Even Pooh would be satisfied!

Group lei-making keeps kids occupied while parents take advantage of the unlimited open bar.

To further hold your attention, the show kicks off with a fantastic band performance and dinner intro.

Mickey and Minnie perform their own number between traditional dances, before fire dancers stomp onto the stage.

With tidbits of Hawaiian culture sneaking its way into the narration, you’ll leave entertained and educated. It’s admittedly a little pricey, but Disney definitely delivers.

Pricing & Packages:

General Seating: $175 for adults, $104 for children ages 3-9, and infants (under 3) are free of charge.

You’ll be adorned with a beautiful Hawaiian lei and your thirst will be quenched with an endless supply of delicious beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Preferred Seating: $204 for adults, $124 for children ages 3-9, and infants (under 3) are free of charge.

This exclusive package ensures that you’ll have the best view in the house while enjoying all the perks offered with the General Seating package. Skip the lines by taking advantage of early check-in. 

What We Like:

  • The luau performance is a spectacle that rivals even Broadway productions. Each dance seamlessly flows into the next, captivating you from start to finish.
  • No hidden costs or extra charges here – from ukulele lessons that serenade your senses to lei making and poi pounding, every moment is infused with the spirit of aloha.
  • Indulge in a feast fit for royalty, where every dish rivals the caliber of a five-star restaurant. The drinks? They’re on the house, at unlimited amounts too.

Things to Consider:

  • This is far from a traditional luau in Hawaii; Disney does add their whimsical touch throughout the evening.
  • This exceptional extravaganza isn’t offered every night, so make sure to plan ahead and secure your spot for an evening of pure enchantment.

11. Aha’aina Luau

What were once royal play grounds at Helumoa is now the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Paying homage to the land’s rich history, the hotel dedicates every Monday and Thursday evening to luaus with a modern twist: the Aha’aina.

This “Royal Celebration” moves through a variety of performances, framed by Oahu’s iconic Diamond Head.

Hula dance and the flame-throwing finale is a huge hit with audiences – especially in the sunset lighting.

The package includes plenty of photo ops too!

Meanwhile, dinner and drinks came in threes (3-course meal and 3 drink coupons), enough to satisfy the palate.

On the flip side, the hefty price tag drives up expectations and not everyone feels like this luau delivered. Do think about which of their packages suits you best.

Pricing & Packages:

$225 for adults (13+), $135 for children (5-12), and $20 for young children (ages 2-4, seat only/no food).

All tickets come with three drink tickets. Sip on your favorite beverages throughout the event. If you’re bringing along young children or lap infants, their drink tickets are redeemable for non-alcoholic beverages only.

For just $20 more, you can snag premium seating and enjoy an upgraded lei greeting. 

What We Like:

  • Conveniently located within the heart of Waikiki, making it easily accessible for anyone staying around the area.

Things to Consider:

  • Brace yourself for a bit of sticker shock as you discover that this paradise comes with a hefty price tag.
  • While it may not encompass all aspects of the traditional luau experience, it promises to transport you to a world of magic and wonderment.

12. Experience Nutridge

Hold on to your lei, because the Experience Nutridge luau in Honolulu promises to be a dazzling adventure into the rich Hawaiian culture.

Get ready to be pampered with four hours of interactive activities, protocols, traditions, and cultural workshops that await you.

This luau emphasizes intimacy and connection over big flashy productions. They focus on making you feel like part of the family within those few hours, which means you’ll leave not only with a full stomach but also with unforgettable memories.

Worried about going hungry? A delightful farm-to-table dinner is just one of the many highlights of this luau. Rhe cuisine is a delightful mix of traditional Hawaiian flavors and modern culinary techniques.

And if you’re wondering about beverages, don’t worry! They serve a complimentary Mai Tai upon entry, which by numerous accounts, happens to be extremely tasty.

Pricing & Packages:

With Transportation: $189 per adult (21+), $150 for youth (ages 13-20), $130 for children (4-12), and infants (under 3) are free of charge.

Self Driving: $169 per adult (21+), $130 for youth (ages 13-20), $110 for children (4-12), and infants (under 3) are free of charge.

Includes four hours of interactive activities, from traditional Hawaiian protocols to engaging cultural workshops and games.

Farm-to-table dinner; savor every bite knowing that each ingredient was carefully selected from local farmers.

Complimentary water is provided throughout the evening, with two complimentary alcohol beverage drink coupons for those ages 21+.

What We Love:

  • An intimate setting where you’ll be captivated by the genuine authenticity and rich Hawaiian culture that permeates every aspect of this event.
  • Delectable farm-to-table dinner, lovingly prepared using the freshest local produce that Hawaii has to offer.

Things to Consider:

  • While this experience may lack the grandeur sought by some visitors, those who value genuine connections and a true taste of Hawaii will find themselves captivated by its charm.

Our Top Pick for the Best Luau

Light the torches and prepare a crowning lei for the editor’s pick: Paradise Cove Luau.

What makes it the best luau in Oahu? It’s customizable. Families, honeymooners and solo travelers alike get to design a luau that fits their needs.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off – Opt for what works best for your schedule. Families may benefit from the coach services since you’re ferrying more people around. You can also opt-out for more flexible travel.
  • Dinner packages – 3 menu options to appeal to your taste buds and wallet.
  • Cultural activities – freedom to wander an old Hawaiian village, participate in arts and crafts, learn to play Hawaiian games like spear throwing and dart sliding, being showered in fragrant flowers and experiencing ceremonial fish net pulling, etc. You can even watch the elaborate process of traditional cooking!
  • Paradise Cove Extravaganza – the highlight of the luau; an award-winning performance against a spectacular backdrop.

There’s a lot included in this package and at more than reasonable prices.

While a traditional Hawaiian luau is a bucket list experience in Oahu, it shouldn’t have to eat up your budget!

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Alternatives to a Luau

If you’re on Oahu and looking for a different way to experience Hawaiian culture beyond a traditional luau, fret not – there are plenty of engaging options to choose from!

One fantastic idea is to try an authentic Hawaiian cooking class. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the island’s culinary heritage, learn from local chefs, and impress friends back home with your newfound Hawaiian cooking skills.

Get ready to embrace your inner chef while whipping up scrumptious dishes like poke or kalua pig.

Another fun diversion is discovering the world of hula dancing. No, we’re not talking about swaying to the sweet rhythm of the ocean waves, but rather, learning the graceful art of the hula.

Attending a hula class or a hula performance can help you connect with the rich cultural roots of Hawaii while showing off those hip-shaking moves.

How about participating in a thrilling Hawaiian adventure? If you have a penchant for adrenaline, try something like ziplining through lush green forests or swimming with sharks on Oahu’s North Shore.

Lastly, while on Oahu, don’t forget to explore the island’s myriad natural wonders. Head up to the Kualoa Ranch for a breathtaking blend of adventure and history, or take it easy by strolling through the Waimea Valley, walking on Oahu’s serene beaches or experiencing the stunning views from the Pali Lookout.

All these captivating activities are truly alternatives worth exploring while on the island.