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.

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 as we did with the Big Island luau listings.

North Shore Kauai Luaus

Hanalei By the Sea Luau
Nights: Tuesdays
Location/Setting: Hanalei Colony Resort ocean side on the resort grounds
Prices: $74 for adults, $64 for “teens” (ages 12-20),  and $38 for children age 11 and under.
Price Includes: Shell lei, complimentary drink, buffet, and Polynesian show
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Call 1-808- 826- 9875
Reviews: Since this luau relatively is new,  reviews are not yet available.
Additional Information: Official website

Mailani Dinner Show at St. Regis Princeville
Nights: Wednesday
Location/Setting: Makana Terrace overlooking the gorgeous Hanalei Bay
Prices: $135 premium seating for adults. Seating for children (ages 3 to 12) is $67.50.
Price Includes: Dinner, drinks, and hula and chant show.
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Call 808.826.2746 or email Mailani@stregis.com
Reviews: Yelp
Additional Information: Official Website

East Shore Kauai Luaus

Smith Family Garden Luau
Nights: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays always. During summer months, the luau is also open on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Location/Setting: Garden setting by the Wailua River (Directions)
Prices: Adult $88, Children ages 7 – 13 are $30 and Children 3 – 6 are $19. Note that you can save $10 by booking directly online. There is an option to see the show only, call for rates.
Price Includes: Tour of gardens, buffet, open bar, Polynesian show and tax. For visitors staying in the Wailua area hotels and condos, complimentary shuttle service is available.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Book online  for a $10 discount or call 1-808-821-6895
Reviews: Yelp, TripAdvisor.
Additional Information: Official Website

Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana Plantation
Nights: This luau has catered to the cruise passengers, but in recent years opened to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays. During peak summer months, a Monday option is available.
Location/Setting: Plantation
Prices: Pricing varies based on the package you choose. For the buffet dinner and show pricing starts at $104 for adults, $69.95 for teens (ages 13-17) and $39.95 for children ages 3 – 12. See this link for package descriptions and pricing. Note that there is a show-only option.
Price Includes: Buffet, open bar, hula and Polynesian show. (Tax is not included in the above pricing.)
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Book online here.
Reviews: Yelp,  TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Official Website You can have the option of admission to the show only.

South Shore Kauai Luaus

Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau
Nights: Sundays and Wednesdays
Location/Setting: On Grand Hyatt Kauai grounds. (See the photos here.)
Prices: $108.33 for adults, $96 for teens and $$69 for children.
Price Includes: Buffet, open bar, Polynesian show and tax.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-808-240-6456
Reviews: TripAdvisor, Yelp
Additional Information: Official Website

Auli’i Luau at Sheraton Kauai
Nights: Mondays and Thursdays
Location/Setting: Oceanfront on Poipu Beach
Prices: $103.90 for adults, $71.09 for teens (age 13-17)  and $49.22 for children ages 3 – 12 for traditional seating. Upgraded seating is offered for $25 per person.
Price Includes: Buffet, open bar, Polynesian show and tax.
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Auli’i Luau website and  hotel’s website information. Another point worth noting is that this luau serves the traditional luau foods as well as modern Hawaii fare.

All prices and times were accurate at the time this article was most recently updated April 2015. As resorts periodically change dates and prices, please verify current times, days, and prices.

If a luau doesn’t fit in your travel budget, then catch a free hula show and Hawaiian entertainment.

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

About Sheila Beal

Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.


  1. I haven’t gone to a luau in ages. I really should take the kids. They would love it!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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