Oahu Luaus

Your Guide for choosing the best Oahu Luau

Search for Oahu luaus & you may get lost in the many options. Which Oahu luau is best for kids, which has fire dancers? We’ve made it easy!

 

Often referred to by its island nickname, ‘The Gathering Place,’ Oahu continues to reign as the most populated and frequented Hawaiian Island of all. With fascinating cultural and historical attractions like ‘Iolani Palace and Pearl Harbor, the lush and wild landscapes of the north shore, as well as an incredible variety of hiking trails, snorkeling spots, city attractions, worldly food varieties and iconic views of Waikiki, it’s easy to see why millions of visitors flock to Oahu’s warm, tropical shores year after year.

 

Germaine’s Luau

Well known as Oahu’s ‘original backyard-style Hawaiian luau,’ Germaine’s has been entertaining guests since its debut in 1976. Located under the stars in a secluded beachfront setting on Oahu’s southwest shore, guests of this long-running luau will be treated to a special shell lei greeting, lively cultural demonstrations, imu ceremony, an all-you-can-eat buffet, opportunities for audience participation and a Polynesian showcase featuring traditional musical and dance performances from the islands of Samoa, New Zealand, Tahiti, and of course, Hawaii. Capturing the ‘spirit of Old Hawaii,’ Germaine’s luau offers plentiful photo opportunities, a variety of classic Hawaiian and American food options, and optional round-trip transportation from your Waikiki hotel or resort.

Choose from the Original, Hibiscus or Plumeria Luau Package options, which include various options for adult beverages, premium seating options and photo packages, and enjoy unlimited soft drinks, coffee and tea throughout the evening. Feast on delicious local grinds such as kalua pig, poi, lomilomi salmon, teriyaki beef, pulehu chicken and sautéed island fish, and choose from classic cocktails like the Mai Tai, Blue Hawaii, Lava Flow, Pina Colada and more to enhance the island vibe.

Details:
• Available Tuesday – Sunday; closed Monday
• Closed January 1st
• Gates open at 5:15pm
• Free for children 3 and under
• Free parking onsite
• Shuttle transportation available (returns around 10pm)
• Vegetarian options available

Call (808) 949-6626

 

 

Diamond Head Luau

An authentic ‘Farm to Table’ feast at Oahu’s Waikiki Aquarium located only a short walk from Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Zoo, Diamond Head Luau focuses on culture and cuisine through interactive, family-friendly activities such as lei making, weaving, tattoos, hula and ukulele lessons, as well as a buffet featuring ingredients that were grown and harvested by local farmers and food artisans.

Begin your experience with a self-guided tour of Waikiki Aquarium’s marine life exhibits, open exclusively for guests of the luau, before sitting down for a memorable meal and cultural performances, including hula and fire dancing. Luau tickets include a fresh flower lei, mai tai cocktail greeting (for guests 21+), two premium drink tickets, cultural activities, standard luau seating, a full farm-to-table buffet and admission to the Aquarium. Menu items include taro hummus, Punalu’u Farms Hawaiian fern salad, poi shooters, lomilomi salmon, fresh poke, kalbi short ribs, huli huli chicken, kalua pork, vegan vegetable curry stew and more, and guests can choose from standard or premium drink choices such as pina coladas, Maui pineapple wine, mango daiquiris and more.

Details:
• Available Sunday, Monday, Thursday & Friday
• Gates open at 4:45pm; ends around 7:45pm
• Beachfront lawn location
• VIP & Premium Seating available
• Maximum of 250 guests
• Free for children 3 and under

Call (808) 926-3800

 

 

Paradise Cove Luau

Set on 12 scenic acres in southwest Oahu, Paradise Cove Luau features authentic cultural activities, including Hawaiian arts and crafts, games, dance performances, Polynesian tattoos, spear throwing and island style cuisine. This family-friendly luau is an excellent place to learn more about Hawaii’s rich history and people, and its stunning oceanfront location provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy a serene Hawaiian sunset. Participate in the Hukilau on the beach to witness the net fishing techniques of the past, and witness an authentic imu ceremony to learn about the underground oven cooking of ancient Hawaii.

Choose from one of three luau packages – the Hawaiian, Orchid or Deluxe – and be treated to a shell or fresh flower lei greeting, complimentary mai tai punch, a Paradise Cove card to be used for beverages and merchandise, wing/middle/deluxe seating, buffet or table service, and much more. Menu items include broccoli surimi salad, poi, lomi lomi salmon, stir fried vegetables, baked chicken, kalua pig, beer-battered fish, taro rolls, fresh pineapple and desserts.

Details
• Available Daily
• Gates open at 5pm; ends around 9pm
• Round Trip Transportation (additional cost)
• Free for children 3 and under

Call (808) 842-5911

 

 

Waikiki Starlight Luau

Celebrate Hawaii’s natural beauty, authentic cuisine and talented local performers at the Waikiki Starlight Luau. Located in a gorgeous rooftop setting atop the Mid-Pacific Conference Center at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort on Waikiki Beach, this luau includes unique activities like a conch shell blowing challenge, hula lessons, acrobatic fire knife dancers, extravagant lei greetings and more.

Enjoy live Hawaiian music and Polynesian chants, resort-quality dining with locally-sourced ingredients, welcome activities and games, a fashion show and special starlight show. Choose from General, Golden Circle Premier and Diamond Premier Seating options, and be treated to delicious mai tai punch and buffet-style dining, including menu items like kalua pig, island fish, huli huli chicken, sweet potatoes, Hawaiian fried rice and more.

Details
• Available Sunday – Thursday
• Gates open at 5pm
• Separate buffet for keiki

Call (808) 941-5828

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‘Aha’aina Luau

Better known as the Royal Hawaiian Luau at the Royal Hawaiian Resort – dubbed the ‘Pink Palace’ – the ‘Aha’aina Luau pays homage to Helumoa, the former playground of Hawaiian royalty in the heart of what is now Waikiki. Honoring Hawaiian culture, music, traditions, dance and food, this three-act luau showcase includes activities like kapa-making, poi pounding, storytelling and more.

Choose from Standard, Premium or Cocktail Package options, as well as an array of menu items which cater to gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian attendees. Food stations include poi and poke, island fruit, island salads, huli huli grill, kiawe wood BBQ, and dessert, as well as a live kalua pig carving station. Take in the views of Diamond Head in the distance, and enjoy a spectacular Polynesian performance after sunset on Waikiki Beach.

Details:
• Available Monday & Thursday
• Gates open at 5pm; ends around 8pm
• Children under 5 with food – $20+
• Children under 5 without food – Free

Call (808) 921-4600

 

 

Chief’s Luau

Consistently ranked as the ‘Best Luau in Hawaii’ on TripAdvisor and Yelp, Oahu’s own Chief’s Luau is produced by Chief Sielu Avea, the original World Champion Fire-Knife Dancer and one of the top Polynesian entertainers in Hawaii and beyond. Located at a new facility at Wet ’n’ Wild Hawaii, guests are invited to take part in pre-show activities like tattoos, headband weaving, coconut husking, fire making, spear throwing and more, and learn more about Hawaii’s Polynesian heritage and cultural significance throughout the experience.

Choose from package options like the Royal, Paradise or Aloha Experience, and be treated to luau perks like a fresh flower, Kukui nut or shell lei greeting, welcome mai tai cocktail, all-you-can-eat Hawaiian style buffet, adult beverages, souvenir gifts and more. Menu items like the vegetarian chow mien, kalua pork, tropical BBQ chicken, Asian style fish, poi and pineapple cake are all winners, and the dancers are highly entertaining and impeccably rehearsed from start to finish.

Details:
• Available Sunday – Monday & Wednesday – Friday
• Gates open at 5pm; ends around 8:30pm
• Pick-up from Waikiki hotels available (additional cost)
• Free for children 4 and under

Call (877) 357-2480

 

 

TOA Luau

The only luau option on Oahu’s famed north shore, TOA Luau is located at the beautiful and lush Waimea Valley park, which is also included in your luau admission price for same-day entry. Go early to enjoy the nature trails, waterfall and historical sites of Waimea, which make for an excellent pre-luau experience, and get ready for an evening of cultural presentations, top notch cuisine and a memorable Polynesian show.

Choose from Silver, Gold or VIP Package options, and be treated to a flower lei greeting, cultural activities, imu demonstration, kava ceremony, Polynesian show with fire dancing and adult drink tickets, and tantalize your taste buds with menu items like Pupukea green salad, island mac salad, kalua pork, shoyu BBQ chicken, furikake white rice, homemade haupia, fruit, cake and other island delights.

Details:
• Available Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
• No transportation provided; self-drive only
• Free parking onsite
• Gates open at 4:45pm; ends around 8:30pm
• Free for children 4 and under

Call (877) 778-8505

 

 

Ka Moana Luau

Oahu’s only east shore luau, Ka Moana is located at Sea Life Park’s Makapu’u Meadows in Waimanalo. With a unique ocean and sea cliff backdrop setting, Ka Moana focuses on cultural family fun under the stars, including a show that begins and ends with fire.

Experience pre-show interactive activities such as lei making, hula lessons, coconut headband weaving, ukulele lessons, poi and lomi lomi samples, and use your luau ticket for admission to Sea Life Park Hawaii on the same day or within 7 days of your chosen luau date. Choose from the Classic, Splash or Celebrity package options, and be treated to a shell or fresh flower lei greeting, drink tickets, and buffet dinner of local-style cuisine. Food items like teriyaki chicken skewers, mahi mahi with papaya mango salsa, kalua pork, local sweet potatoes and macadamia nut cookies are offered, with vegetarian and gluten-free options also available.

Details:
• Available Sunday – Wednesday & Friday
• Gates open at 5:30pm
• Round Trip Transportation (additional cost)
• Onsite parking for $5 (cash only)
• Free for children 3 and under

Call (808) 926-3800

 

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Rock-A-Hula Luau

Touted as the ‘largest Hawaiian show in Waikiki,’ Rock-A-Hula takes you on a Hawaiian journey from the 1920s until today, with fascinating musical and dance performances designed to enhance your experience, including multi-media performances, fire knife dancers and live musicians performing traditional and modern hits.

Located at the Royal Hawaiian Theater in Waikiki, this indoor show includes package options such as the Rockin’ Show, Premier Cocktail, Luau, Stateside VIP and Green Room, some of which include a luau buffet dinner in an outdoor cabana or 4-course stage-side deluxe dinner, as well as adult beverages and a meet & greet with the cast.

Details:
• Available Sunday – Thursday, closed Monday
• Closed on Monday from January – March
• Check-in between 6pm – 7:30pm
• Show from 8pm – 9:15pm
• Onsite parking for $2+
• Free for children 2 and under

Call (808) 629-7458

 

 

Ali’i Luau

Located at the Polynesian Cultural Center against a scenic backdrop of a lagoon, waterfalls and gardens, the Ali’i Luau includes authentic Hawaiian culture brought to life, as well as fantastic cuisine, beautiful decor and traditional Hawaiian dancing.

Sit back and take in the island performances of song, dance and celebrations across the Pacific, and feast on local island delights like imu pork, baked chicken, poke, lomi lomi salmon, teriyaki braised beef, aioli glazed fish, kalua pork, vegetarian chili, a salad bar, pineapple bars and more. Tickets to the Ali’i Luau includes a tour of the onsite island villages area, as well as the Ali’i Luau buffet and show, and later in the evening, the Ha: Breath of Life performance. Choose from the Super Ambassador, Ambassador or Ali’i Luau Package.

Details:
• Available Monday – Saturday
• Package options from 8am – 9pm
• Round Trip Transportation (additional cost)
• Free parking onsite
• Free for children 3 and under

Call (800) 367-7060

 

 

KA WA’A Luau

One of the most memorable family-friendly options on Oahu, KA WA’A Luau is located at the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on the shores of historic Ko Olina in southwest Oahu. Learn more about Hawaii’s past and cultural roots in wa’a (canoe) exploration, and engage in pre-show activities like kapa printing, flower arranging, tattoos and taro pounding.

Afterward, settle in for a luau introduction and oli (chant) welcome, before feasting on a Hawaiian buffet of suckling pig, prime rib, fresh local seafood, kids’ menu items and a delicious dessert bar. The luau performance brings the legends of ancient Hawaii to life, and the setting on Halawai Lawn is one for the books. Choose from General or VIP Luau packages, and be prepared for guest appearances from Moana, Mickey and Minnie.

Details:
• Available Tuesday – Saturday
• Gates open at 5:30pm – 5:45pm; ends about 8:45pm
• Free parking onsite for up to 4 hours
• First come, first serve seating
• Free for children under 3

Call (844) 284-7644

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Te Moana Nui Luau

Showcasing the ‘Tales of the Pacific,’ Te Moana Nui is held at the Ainahau Showroom at the Sheraton Princess Kai’ulani Hotel in Waikiki. Within easy walking distance to the majority of Waikiki attractions, this popular Polynesian dinner show features the culture, dance and music that make the South Pacific a world of its own.

This indoor show includes pre-show al fresco buffet dining with menu features like prime rib, crab legs, pasta, salads and island-inspired cuisine, and tickets include flower crafts, Polynesian tattoos, souvenir stamp cards, and entrance to the Te Moana Nui show. Choose from Standard and Deluxe Dinner & Show options, or the Cocktail & Show option for a more affordable experience without the meal.

Details:
• Available Sunday, Wednesday & Friday
• Tickets available by phone
• Free for children under 5

Call (808) 921-4600

25 Things to do on Oahu

The sheer number of things to do on Oahu are enough to make even the most organized traveler’s head spin. With that in mind, we’ve narrowed down Oahu’s musts to 25 so that you can experience the extent of “The Gathering Place’s” wonder: