Luau on Big Island of Hawaii – Prices, Reviews, Schedules

If you are looking for a great luau experience for your Big Island vacation, we’ve created this very helpful list of luau options, days, prices and reviews.


We know that there are a number of different luau options for anyone planning a trip to Hawaii. We also know that researching the different luau options is fairly difficult as not all the relevant information is readily available. As promised in the article on tips for choosing a Hawaiian luau, we’ve researched and compiled this information to assist you in finding your special luau experience.

Please note that all pricing and timing was accurate at the time of posting. Luau can and do change pricing, timing and websites without warnings. When I’m alerted to a change, I do update this listing. We do periodically update this page. The most recent updates were made in March 2024.

For simplicity and easy scanning, we will only list the starting price for an adult ticket. Pricing for children is less. In many cases, you can upgrade to better seating and amenities for an extra fee. If your budget allows, we recommend the upgraded options as they generally offer the best experiences.

Kohala Coast Luau 

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Luau
Nights: Tuesdays and Fridays
Location/Setting: Oceanfront at the grounds of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Prices: Starting at $180 for adults. (Pricing for children is less.) Note there is a “show only” option.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: 808-882-5707 or book online.
Reviews: TripAdvisor – We have attended this luau and mention it in our review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
Additional Information: Official website

Hawaiiloa Luau at Fairmont Orchid
Nights: Saturdays
Location/Setting: Outdoor on grounds of Fairmont Orchid, but may be moved indoors depending on the weather. There is no ocean view.
Prices: Starting at $194 for adults. (Pricing for children is less.)
Imu Ceremony: no
For Reservations: (808) 887-7320 or book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor  We have been to this luau. The quality of food and the show were very good. 
Additional Information: Hawaii Loa Luau website

Luau Hale Hoaloha at Mauna Lani
Nights: Fridays throughout the year with Mondays added seasonally
Location/Setting: Outdoor on grounds of Mauna Lani Auberge Resort.
Prices: Starting at $270 for adults. (Pricing for children is less.)
Imu Ceremony: yes
For Reservations: Book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor  
Additional Information: This is Hawaii Island’s newest luau. For more information, visit their website.

Legends of the Pacific at the Hilton Waikoloa Village
Nights: Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays
Location/Setting: At Hilton Waikoloa Resort grounds. (No ocean views from the seating area.  See photo 1 and 2 for views of the seating set up.)
Prices:  Starting at $181.61 for adults. (Pricing for children is less.)
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations:  Book online or phone 1-808-886-1234 ext. 54
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Official Website We have attended this luau and it’s quite good. We do recommend upgrading to the front row seating. See more of our commentary and photos of the Legends of the Pacific at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Sunset Luau at Waikoloa Beach Marriott
Nights:
Mondays, Wednesdays
Location/Setting:
Adjacent to the Anaehoomalu fishponds with a sunset view. (See this photo of the grounds.)
Prices:
Starting at $159.58 for adults. (Pricing for children is less.)
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations:
1-808-886-8111
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Waikoloa Beach Resort activities website and luau website.

Kona Luau

Island Breeze Hawaiian Luau at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
Nights: Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year. In summer months, Wednesdays may be added.
Location/Setting: King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel grounds in Kailua-Kona. (These oceanside grounds are beautiful and historic.)
Prices: Starting at $176.96 for adults. (Pricing for children is less.)
Imu Ceremony: Yes, plus also they have a royal Hawaiian court presentation.
For Reservations: Book directly online
Reviews: TripAdvisor 
Additional Information: 

Voyagers of the Pacific Luau at Royal Kona Resort
Nights: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Location/Setting: Royal Kona Resort grounds in Kona (ocean front with sunset views)
Prices: Starting at $143.82 for adults. (Pricing for children is less.) 
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Book online or call 877-631-9793
Reviews: TripAdvisor 
Additional Information: Official Website We have been to this luau. The oceanfront setting was beautiful. The show was good, but the food was marginal.

Feast and Fire Luau at Outrigger Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay
Nights: Mondays and Thursdays
Location/Setting: Oceanfront
Prices: Starting at $165 for adults. (Pricing for children is less.)
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: This luau is located south of Kona in the Keauhou area. Hotel’s website with information and booking site with information

Have you been to any of these Big Island Luau options? What did you think?

Notes

All information was accurate at the time this article was revised in March 2024. As luau companies often change dates and prices, please verify current times, days, and prices directly with the luau company.

Learn what to expect from a Hawaiian luau.

Do you need more ideas of what to see and do for your Big Island vacation? See our Hawaii Island vacation itinerary.

10 comments
  1. WOW, awesome list! This explains why I didn’t see much of you this weekend.

    I think we should personally review each one! 😉

  2. Wow! Fantastic information!! Thank you so much for all of the information. Planning a trip and this is so helpful! Mahalo!

    1. Thanks for the feedback!

      I hope you enjoy the luau you choose. Please let us know how it works out.

  3. Aloha Sheila,
    You have a really great site very informative and looks nice great job with content and design.
    I see that the Gathering of the Kings is being directed to our eventsbyislandbreeze site I was hoping that you could point the other 2 luaus to that site as well.
    Island Breeze Luau
    http://eventsbyislandbreeze.com/best-big-island-luau/
    Haleo Luau
    http://eventsbyislandbreeze.com/haleo-luau-voice-of-life/

    If you could do that that would be such a great help really appreciate it. Mahalo

  4. Hi Sheila,

    Thank you for an amazing site that offers a wealth of information. Your site has been instrumental in helping me plan our tenth anniversary trip to Hawaii in a few weeks.

    I am still debating whether to go to a Laua. I did find a free show at the shops that are not far from the Fairmont Orchid where we are staying. It’s not a luau but the reviews for the short show itself seem to be good. I also read on some other sites that the lauas on the big island are not as good as lauas on other islands. What is your take on this?

    We are only planning to be on the big island for our anniversary trip. I’m hoping one day we will return to visit other islands. So if the lauas are better on other islands, maybe it’s best we save the luau for another trip and use the money towards a different excursion (I’m thinking the horsback riding in waipio valley)?

    Secondly, I have come across some good deals on Hawaii Discount for some Luaus, but I am unsure as to their credibility. I have come across a lot of mixed reviews on Hawaii Discount. I am wondering if you have ever booked anything through them and know whether they are a reliable website to book through or not.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    1. We’ve been to many luaus. They’re all pretty similar. Have you looked into the luau at the Orchid? We went to that luau in March. The food and show were very well done.

      We’ve been to the free show at the Shops at Mauna Lani and it was quite a good show, especially considering it’s free.

      We can’t vouch for Hawaii Discount one way or the other.

    1. No. You could check local papers for an informal, fundraiser luau on the Hilo side when you’re on the island.

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