Oahu Luaus – Reviews, Discounts, Locations & Schedules

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A Fireknife dance at a luau makes an exciting finale.

If you are planning to catch a luau on Oahu, you’re in for a treat. Many of the longstanding Oahu luaus offer grand productions with set stages and many entertainers.

If you’ve never been to a luau, you should expect a buffet dinner and a Polynesian music and dance show. For more insights for first-timers, see our article – What to Expect from your First Time to a Hawaiian Luau.

We’ve created this Oahu luau guide to help you choose the right luau to plan into your Oahu vacation itinerary. We’re including all the important details to consider — location, reviews, schedules and where applicable, discounts.

We’ll list the luaus geographically — going around Oahu in a clockwise manner. While we’re talking about geography, its important to note that the bigger luaus are outside of Waikiki. Don’t panic though if you are staying in Waikiki, as some of the big luau companies offer transportation options to make the process stress free.

North & East Oahu

Polynesian Cultural Center
Address: 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Hawaii 96762
Schedule: Open Monday through Saturday. Closed on Sundays
Link:  Alii Luau and Ambassador Luau package information  at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Reviews: Go Visit Hawaii’s review of Ali’i LuauTripAdvisor reviews and Yelp reviews
Discounts: Save 10% when you book at least 10 days in advance online.
Transportation from Waikiki: Available option
Notes: A visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center is more than just a luau. A long, but excellent day is spent arriving around noon to explore the various Polynesian villages, see the floating canoe pageant, have dinner at the Alli Luau, then finish off the night with their spectacular evening show, HA: Breath of Life. If you happen to visit on a rainy day, most of the venues, including the luau and evening show are set in covered, but still open air pavilions. Alcohol is not served at this venue. That being said, the cocktails offered at most luaus are limited and heavily watered down.

Toa Luau at Waimea Valley
Address: 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Link: Toa Luau
Reviews: TripAdvisor reviews and Yelp reviews
Discounts: Luau tickets include same-day free park pass to Waimea Valley
Notes: none

Waikiki & Honolulu

Aha’aina, a Royal Celebration Luau at the Royal Hawaiian – Waikiki
Address: 2259 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Schedule:  Mondays and Thursdays
Link: Royal Hawaiian Luau
Reviews: TripAdvisor reviews and Yelp reviews
Discounts: none
Notes: Beachfront setting.

Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village – Waikiki
Address: 2005 Kalia RoadHonolulu, Hawaii, 96815
Schedule: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Link: Waikiki Starlight Luau
Reviews: TripAdvisor reviews and Yelp reviews
Discounts: none
Notes: This luau is typically held on a rooftop within a low-story building within the Hilton Hawaiian Village. On holidays, this luau may be set on the lawn fronting the lagoon.

Diamond Head Luau – Honolulu/Waikiki
Address: 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Schedule: Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays
Link: Diamond Head Luau
Reviews: TripAdvisor reviews and Yelp reviews
Discounts: TBD
Notes: Beachfront setting.

West Oahu

Germaine’s Luau
Address: 91-119 Olai St, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Schedule:  Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Link: Germaine’s Luau
Reviews:  TripAdvisor reviews and Yelp reviews
Discounts: For many years the Hawaii entertainment coupon book has 25% off coupons for up to four adults for Germaine’s Luau. We have confirmed this coupon for 2018 version. From time to time, they also offer discounts if you book directly with them online, so check their website.
Transportation from Waikiki: Available
Notes
: None

Fia Fia at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club
Address: 92-161 Waipahe Place, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Schedule: Tuesdays only
Link: Fia Fia
Reviews: Go Visit Hawaii’s review, TripAdvisor reviews and Yelp reviews
Discounts: None
Transportation from Waikiki: None
Notes: Oceanside lawn setting

Paradise Cove Luau
Address: 91-119 Olai St, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707 (It’s in Ko Olina Resort.)
Schedule: Daily
Link:  Paradise Cove Luau
Reviews: TripAdvisor reviews and Yelp reviews. We have been to this luau and would rate it three stars out of five. The setting is really nice. The pre-luau activities were good. The show was a bit underwhelming. We felt that the seating area was so large and spread out that it was difficult to see the show with the basic luau ticket.
Discounts: For many years, the Hawaii entertainment coupon book has had coupons 25% off coupons for up to four adults. We have confirmed that the 2018 book and digital versions have that coupon.
Transportation from Waikiki: Available
Notes: Beachside setting.

Chief’s Luau at Wet n’ Wild
Address:400 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707
Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
Link: Chief’s Luau
Reviews: TripAdvisor reviews and Yelp reviews – Note that most of the reviews are based on the former Sea Life Park location. In January 2018, this luau moved across the island to Wet ‘n Wild
Discounts: TBD
Transportation from Waikiki: Available option
Notes: We haven’t been to this luau, but we have been to Fia Fia which was lead by the same person, Chief Sielu Avea, who is an excellent master of ceremonies and performer.

Ka Wa’a – A Luau at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
Address: 92-1185 Ali’inui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707 (It’s at the Aulani resort which is part of the larger Ko Olina Resort.)
Schedule: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Link: Ka Wa’a Luau
Reviews: TripAdvisor reviews and Yelp reviews
Discounts: If you take a tour of the Disney Vacation Club (for timeshare sales) you can get complimentary luau tickets for up to two adults. Read more on their website.
Transportation from Waikiki: None
Notes: Lawn setting on the grounds of the Aulani Resort.

Final thoughts and tidbits:

  • Some of the Oahu luaus at the hotels are more “pop up” in nature, while others have permanent stages and structures. The bigger luaus tend to have more permanent settings. The biggest production luaus are Polynesian Cultural Center, Germaine’s Luau and Paradise Cove.
  • We have not listed pricing for each luau option because pricing can and does change without notice. Additionally, some luaus have numerous options based on amenities and seating location. From each link you should be able to navigate to a pricing page or to contact information for more details.

Have you been to a luau on Oahu? Which one did you go to? How did you like it?

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 Instagram.

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