Kauai Luaus – Schedules, Costs, Reviews

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Trying to choose a luau for your Kauai vacation? This article includes all the information you need to know about choosing a Kauai luau – from prices to schedules to reviews. This article is intended to help you choose the best option to fit your budget, vacation schedule and location.

For simplicity and ease of scanning, we are only listing the starting price for an adult luau ticket. In many cases there are options for upgrading for more amenities and better seating. Some luaus also offer an option to skip the buffet and watch the show only.

On Kauai, you’ll find a nice assortment of settings from oceanfront to plantation garden settings. Kauai luaus are situated near all the major resort areas. I’ll arrange the luau listings geographically starting in the north and working our way south.

Luau options on the North Shore of Kauai

Tahiti Nui Luau
Nights:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Website: Tahiti Nui Luau
Location/Setting: Tahiti Nui Restaurant in Hanalei
Prices: Pricing starts at $125 per adult.
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Book online here.
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Tiki hut atmosphere. This location was featured in the movie The Decedents.

Ahi Lele Fire Show Luau
Nights: Mondays and Wednesdays
Website: Ahi Lele Fire Luau
Location/Setting: Garden setting by the Wailua River (Directions)
Prices: Adult pricing starts at $119.  Note there is a show-only option for a reduced price.
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor.
Additional Information: Set at Anaina Hou Community Park in Kilauea

Luau options on the East Shore of Kauai 

Smith Family Garden Luau
Nights: Opening nights vary by season. They tend to be operating on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, but other nights are added in busier seasons. Check their website for their current schedule.
Website: Smith Family Garden Luau
Location/Setting: Garden setting by the Wailua River (Directions)
Prices: Adult pricing starts at $140 for full luau and show. Note that their pricing for children is fairly reasonable in comparison to most other luau companies.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Book online  or call 1-808-821-6895
Reviews: TripAdvisor.
Additional Information: This luau offers a show-only option. For visitors staying in the Wailua area hotels and condos, shuttle service is available.

Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana Plantation
Nights:  Tuesdays and Fridays
Website: Luau Kalamaku
Location/Setting: Plantation garden surroundings under an open pavilion. See this link for directions.
Prices: Pricing starts at $159 per adult.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Book online here.
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Shuttle service may be available. This luau is one that cruise companies often use, so the crowds can be large.

Luau Ka Hikina at Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Nights:  Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays
Website: Luau Ka Hikina
Location/Setting: Oceanfront grounds of the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort in Kapaa.
Prices: Starts at $189 per adult
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Book online here.
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information:

Luau options on the South Shore of Kauai

Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau
Nights:  Wednesdays and Saturdays
Website: Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau
Location/Setting: On Grand Hyatt Kauai lawn with ocean views.
Prices: Start at $203.66 per adult
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-808-240-6456
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Hotel’s website for this luau.

Auli’i Luau at Sheraton Kauai
Nights: Mondays and Wednesdays
Website: Auli’i Luau
Location/Setting: Oceanfront on Poipu Beach
Prices: Starts at $210.35 per adult
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information:  Hotel’s website for this luau.

Allerton by Fire
Nights: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Website: Link
Location/Setting: Allerton Estate House at the Allerton Garden
Prices: Starts at $175 per adult
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: This luau includes a garden tour.

 

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All prices and times were accurate at the time this article was most recently updated February 2024. As luau companies periodically change dates and prices, please verify current times, days, and prices directly with each luau company.

For more Kauai vacation dining advice see:

If you’ve never been to a luau, you’ll want to read our guide of what to expect at a Hawaiian luau.

Have you been to any of these Kauai luaus? What did you think?

9 comments
  1. Hi Kailani – I bet your girls would enjoy the hula and Polynesian dancing and watching Samoan fireknife dancing never gets old. If you do take your girls, I’d love to hear what you all think about it.

  2. Hi! What do you think about Luau Makaiwa on the East Shore? It seems to be fairly new and doesn’t get mentioned in sites like this, but the reviews are quite good.

  3. We will be spending a week in Oahu and a week in Kauai and would like to go to a luau. Wondering if they are better on one Island over the other?

    1. Some of the Oahu luaus are offered at least 6 nights per week and their productions are generally larger.

      1. Thanks Sheila. I think we’ve decided on PCC Luau and will make a day of it. Great site by the way !

  4. Hi Sheila, first of all, let me say thank you for this wonderful site! I have never been to Hawaii, but you make me want to visit them all! Unfortunately, that isn’t a reality in one trip, so my husband and I are looking at going to Oahu for a couple days (Pearl Harbor is the only thing that is really of importance, some of the other scenic/historical places look nice and we may squeeze them in), and then on to Kauai for the remainder of our 1.5 weeks. In your opinion, which island has the better luaus? We are still unsure if we want to make this a family vacation and take our 4 kiddos, who will range in ages of 5-17 at the time of our trip, or if this will be a trip without the tag-a-longs 🙂 Thanks for the info!

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