The Hawaiian Luau
An orange sun sinking below the azure Pacific. Waves gently breaking on the shore. The air salty with the scent of the ocean and the pig roasting in the imu. Melodic notes of Hawaiian music catching in the breeze. Welcome to one of the most beloved experiences in Hawaii, the Luau. All our Packages have a luau included, and it is a good thing, because this is a crowd favorite! No trip to Hawaii is complete without experiencing this traditional Hawaiian feast and party. Granted, the typical luau that a visitor will experience looks different than original luaus, but the spirit, atmosphere and food have mostly remained the same. Depending on your island, you will either have escorted transportation, walk or drive to your luau. We normally schedule your luau on your second evening in Hawaii (your first evening being your arrival day), and we feel this is a great way to kick-off your Hawaiian adventure! Each luau is different and reflects the vibe of island it takes place on, but they all have certain things in common:
- Beautiful location – all our luaus are beachside, except for Kauai, which is in a tropical garden.
- Scrumptious traditional Hawaiian food – The highlight of any luau is the roasted kalua pork, which is a whole pig, wrapped in banana and ti leaves, and then cooked underground in an imu. Most luaus feature the pig being removed from the imu, which is a Kodak moment for sure! Other menu highlights are lau lau (butterfish and pork wrapped in ti leaves and steamed), rice, macaroni salad, lomi lomi salmon, poi, haupia and much more! Pro tip: poi does not taste like “wallpaper paste, as the running joke goes, but do as some locals do, and add a pinch of sugar to it. Ono (delicious!)
- Live Hawaiian music
- Polynesian dancing – come for the food but stay for the show! Not just the Hawaiian hula is featured…my favorite is the Tahitian dancing (Ori Tahiti) and everyone gets excited by the Samoan fire dancing!
Whether this will be your first luau, or one of many, we look forward to helping you plan this special evening!