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Kauai Luaus And Shows

The 2 Best Kauai Luaus

Each Kauai Luau has deep roots into Kauai's past. More so than any other island these Kauai Luaus are held at places that have a major historical background on the island. One is located at the mouth of what is the largest fresh water river in Hawaii, the Wailua River. The luau grounds are nestled on the jungle banks of the river just before it empties into the ocean. This region was well populated by the ancient Hawaiians and the luau itself dates way back to being one of the first commercial luaus in the state. The second luau also has historical significance in that it is located on the site of the immense Kilohana Plantation with its extravagant 16,000 sq/ft estate that was built in 1935 by Kauai's original sugar baron, Gaylord Wilcox. See the wonderful Kauai luau reviews below for the 2 best Kauai luaus.

What Happens at your Kauai Luau?

  • The luau in Kauai is the quintessential Hawaiian feast and luaus such as these can only be found in Hawaii. The Kauai luaus featured here will provide you with the essential elements of a Hawaiian luau: luau food including the cooking of the pig in an imu, cocktails, hula dancing and entertainment, and fire-knife dancing.
  • These Kauai Luaus are essentially a giant Hawaiian feast where people come together from near and far to enjoy an evening of fun, entertainment and great food and take enjoyment in each other's company.

The Food

The food is the key ingredient in any Kauai Luau and the food is always found in abundance.

The sharing of food is a ritual in itself and many of the individual foods you will be eating at your Kauai luau each have their own respected place in the culture of old Hawaii.

You may find some of these foods different from what you are accustomed to eating and that is part of the whole experience.

There are so many familiar items on your buffet so you won't go away hungry. You should at least taste the food choices, no matter how exotic. You might not be familiar with them but you might be surprised to find that you really like them.

Pig Cooked in a Pit or underground oven called an 'Imu'

  • The absolute single foundation stone of food prepared at your Kauai luau will be the "kalua pork", or pig, which is prepared in the traditional manner in an underground pit called an "imu".
  • The preparation of your Kauai luau will begin early in the morning when your large imu pit is dug in the sand.
  • Dry, and hard Kiawe limbs and branches (these trees are known in North America by their Indian name Mesquite) are placed on the bottom of the pit with many rounded river rocks placed on top of the pile. The Kiawe is lit on fire and after a couple of hours all that is left on the bottom of the pit are hot coals and incredibly hot rocks which will maintain the heat for hours to come.
  • These hot rocks are then leveled on the bottom of the pit and juicy fresh cut banana stalks are placed over them followed by banana leaves to provide a bed to place the pig upon.
  • The pig is then lowered into the pit and covered with more banana leaves and "ti" leaves to keep the heat in. A tapa cloth, tarp or blanket is then placed over the whole affair and then the pit is covered with beach sand.
  • The rocks heating the juicy banana stalks will cause a steam or pressure cooker effect in the imu and after about 6 to 8 hours the pig will be unearthed. The intense steam will have cooked the meat to the extent that it's tender and juicy meat will just fall away from the bone and the moisture from the banana stalks will have kept the meat moist and delicious for your Kauai luau later in the evening.

Other delicacies which are usually provided at your Kauai luaus are:

  • lomi lomi salmon, chicken long rice, haupia (coconut dessert), poi (pounded from the taro root--very nutritious), veggies, salad, steaks, roasted chicken, fresh fish, rice, lots of specialty items, desserts and much more.
  • An open bar is also usually provided at most Kauai luaus which will include Mai Tai's and mixed drinks of all kinds with wine and beer. There will be plenty of selected drinks for the children as well.

The Entertainment at a Kauai luau

The major entertainment of the evening at your Kauai luau will of course include hula dancing and the fire-knife dance but this is where each of your Kauai luaus will show their originality with different performances.
  • Luaus on Kauai tend toward an emphasis on traditional Hawaiian in that they provide dance and song that is specific to the culture of old Hawaii.
  • Kauai luaus also will provide entertainment that can be found from other cultures throughout the Pacific Rim such as from New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji and Tahiti. The most memorable and perhaps the most notable and exciting of all forms of entertainment at the Kauai luaus would be the Samoan Fire-Knife dancing. This usually comes near the end of the luau and is a performance children in particular look forward to seeing.

Kauai luaus are always held at sunset time, continue into the evening and are filled with the romance of the islands and its people. Whether you're a child or a senior citizen, just-married or celebrating your 65th, this evening will be a special one for you, and a uniquely Hawaiian experience.

Norwegian Cruise Line - Pride of America Cruise Ship:

The Smith Family Luau will arrange for a shuttle pick up at the cruise ship pier starting Feb. 2nd, 2017 at an additional cost of $13.00 This popular luau can be set up for the Thursday of your cruise itinerary. The Kalamaku Luau does not operate on Thursday evenings

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Smith's Tropical Paradise

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Smith's Tropical River Cruise, Wailua Marina State Park, Wailua River and Marina State Park, River B

No luau on Kauai has ever been able to compare in any way with the Smith's Luau on the banks of the Wailua River. Dating back decades to its opening, its location, ambiance and Hawaiian hospitality bring you back to the days of old Hawaii. The acres of grounds filled with Hawaiian plants by themselves are worthy of a visit here and the dinner and special bowl like amphitheater they created specifically for their entertainment creates just the perfect environment for the quintessential Hawaiian luau.
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Luau Kalamaku

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Luau Kalamaku

Like other luaus, we feature ono Hawaiian food, a dramatic torch lighting and imu ceremony, Tahitian rhythms, Hawaiian games, fantastic music, and traditional hula dancing...even the drums are crafted by the hands of our own drummers. This is where the similarity ends. Lu'au Kalamaku features a state-of-the-art media system and an interactive stage design which transports you to ancient Polynesia during the time of their remarkable migration to the Islands.
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The general topic we're doing with here is Kauai luaus.

I'm sure you all know what a luau is, a giant Hawaiian feast, lots and lots of food, tons of food, lots of drink, all sorts of beverages, lots of entertainment, hula and otherwise, and just a general party.

Here's a few things you might now know about a luau, luaus of old. In the old days men and women were not allowed to be at the same table. Everyone also ate with their fingers. That was the tradition. We think we have big luaus now, but they were giant in the old days. There was one recorded event, 1847, King Kamehameha III had a luau in Honolulu in which they actually served 300 pigs cooked in a imu. If you can imagine how large that would've been, amazing.

One of the things that is really a tradition in Hawaii about luaus, one of the biggest things about getting married, having a family, having a child, is that the first birthday of a newborn is an extreme event in Hawaii. The luau for a first birthday is a big, big event. Quite often much larger than the actual Wedding itself, kind of celebrating the hard times it used to be to get a child to actually live to the age of one. It was a big celebration, still continues today.

One of the things that you should know, I think, about Hawaiian, or excuse me, Kauai luaus in general, is that the oldest commercial luau, and absolutely one of the very best that we have, not only in Kauai but in the state of Hawaii, is the Smith family luau on the Wailua River. You can learn about this a little bit more on our website. We love to recommend it. People are always writing us back about how much they enjoyed it. We've had people over the course of decades go back time and time again to enjoy the Smith's luau.

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The Hawaiian Luau, of all the various activities available in Hawaii, is certainly the most Hawaiian activity of all! The luau in Hawaii can truly only be found in Hawaii and this is the reason the Hawaii luau party has established itself in the hearts of the visitors who come to Hawaii as the quintessential Hawaiian event.

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Oahu is the home of three of the most famous Hawaiian luaus; the "Polynesian Cultural Center" Luau, Germaine's Luau and Paradise Cove Luau. The Hawaiian luaus and feasts on Oahu are heavily steeped in Hawaiian history, Polynesian history, hula dancing and all facets of Hawaiian culture.

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A party. Food, drink, dance, music and much aloha. Hawaii is the only place where you can attend truly authentic Hawaiian luaus. Maui is well known to have some of the very best luaus in the State of Hawaii.

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The Big Island of Hawaii provides luaus from Kailua-Kona town to the resorts of Waikaloa. There is nowhere on the planet that you can truly attend an authentic Hawaii luau outside the State of Hawaii and the Big Island of Hawaii offers you a wonderful variety for your enjoyment.

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