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.

North Shore Kauai Luaus

Unfortunately, all the luaus on the North Shore are closed.

East Shore Kauai Luaus

Smith Family Garden Luau
Nights: Opening nights vary by season. 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 $125 for full luau and show. Note there is a show-only option.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Book online  or call 1-808-821-6895
Reviews: Yelp, 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, Thursdays and Fridays
Website: Luau Kalamaku
Location/Setting: Plantation garden surroundings under an open pavilion. See this link for directions.
Prices: Pricing starts at $127 per adult.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Book online here.
Reviews: Yelp,  TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Shuttle service may be available.

Luau Makaiwa at Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Nights:  Sundays and Thursdays
Website: Luau Makaiwa
Location/Setting: Oceanfront grounds of the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort in Kapaa.
Prices: Starts at $99 per adult
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Book online here.
Reviews: Yelp,  TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Hotel’s website for this luau

South Shore Kauai Luaus

Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau
Nights: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Website: Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau
Location/Setting: On Grand Hyatt Kauai lawn with ocean views.
Prices: Start at $175 per adult
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: Call 1-808-240-6456
Reviews: TripAdvisor, Yelp
Additional Information: Hotel’s website for this luau.

Auli’i Luau at Sheraton Kauai
Nights: Thursdays
Website: Auli’i Luau
Location/Setting: Oceanfront on Poipu Beach
Prices: Starts at $178.69 per adult
Imu Ceremony: No
For Reservations: Book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor and Yelp
Additional Information:  Hotel’s website for this luau.

All prices and times were accurate at the time this article was most recently updated November 2021. As luaus periodically change dates and prices, please verify current times, days, and prices directly with the luau company.

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

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?

  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.

    1. Sheila Beal says:

      It must be fairly new as we’ve never heard of it.

  4. 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. Sheila Beal says:

      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 !

        1. Sheila Beal says:

          Good choice! Their evening show HA Breath of Life is excellent.

  5. Justina Sliter says:

    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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