Enjoy a Lively Luau on Oahu!

By Hawaii.com Team

Luaus offer dancing, singing, plenty of laughs and lots of food. The main course is almost always kalua pig, which is a whole pig cooked in an imu, or underground oven, then unearthed with a short, traditional ceremony, shredded and served with an array of side dishes that often include sweet potatoes, poi, lomi-lomi salmon, fresh fish, macaroni salad and an array of desserts. After the food comes the entertainment, which is usually some form of Polynesian review.

That’s the typical format, but not all lu’aus are alike – not by a long shot. Backyard lu’aus, usually held to celebrate birthdays, graduations, weddings and other special events, are private parties, sometimes attended by hundreds of invited guests. Commercial lu’aus are available to anyone who buys a ticket. You’ll find them throughout the islands, some in outdoor settings, others on the grounds of resorts or restaurants. Since each has its unique signature, you might want to ask a few questions before you book a seat.

Oahu offers a variety of commercial luaus, no one exactly like the other. Check out the list below to learn about the many luaus you can enjoy while visiting Oahu:

Chiefs Lū`au

Chief’s Luau is a luau unlike any other in Hawaii. It is highly interactive, passionate, funny, and spectacular. Chief’s Luau is the highest rated luau on TripAdvisor and Yelp in all of Hawaii.

Come and join Chief Sielu and his `ohana (family) for an evening and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Islands. Sip a Mai Tai cocktail and sink your teeth into a lavish Hawaiian feast, a sumptuous blend of traditional luau foods blended with Hawaiian Regional Cuisine. And finally, enjoy a thrilling Polynesian show.

Ka Moana Lū`au

Join our `Ohana (family) for an exciting evening under the stars as we take you on a voyage across Ka Moana (the Ocean). Witness world-class entertainment with a show that begins and ends with fire!
Experience first-hand some of the most beloved traditions of the islands during our interactive activities before the show including, lei making, hula lessons, coconut-headband weaving, poi & lomi lomi samplings, ukulele lessons and more!

Toa Lū`au

Toa Luau invites you to immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of Polynesia on Oahu’s historic North Shore! Book any one of our three luau packages for admission into the lush Waimea valley.

Set aside ample time in the day to walk through the fragrant flower lei gardens or hike among some of Hawaii’s most diverse plant life and even swim at the refreshing Waimea falls. The epitome of your visit happens with TOA at Oahu’s newest Polynesian luau!

Experience Nutridge Lū`au

Hosting breathtaking sunset views along the edge of the rainforest, Nutridge Estate is the home of Hawaii’s first macadamia nut plantation.

The Nutridge Estate has entertained iconic guests including Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. The King of Rock, Elvis Presley, spend some of his free time here as well during the filming of “Blue Hawaii.”

Enjoy our local-style cuisine; a farm-to-table dinner at this authentic, homestyle lū`au.

Diamond Head Lū`au

Our goal is to create an authentic evening of Hawaiian and Polynesian based experiences and activities for you and your guests. Diamond Head Luau is great for families because of our focus on interactive, cultural activities like: hula lessons, lei making, weaving, ukulele lessons, tattoo, and more!

The Waikiki Aquarium is open from 5:20-6:00pm for our guests to enjoy self-guided, exclusive access of the marine life exhibits!

Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center takes great pride in making our Luau the most delicious and also embrace the Hawaiian culture to make it the most authentic.

We focus on the details others miss, or may not even think matter. Everything from the type of dancing to the patterns of decorations has significant meaning rooted in history. In order to bring that to life, you must know it, embrace it, and perfect it.

When it comes to choosing a Luau, don’t settle for one that only focuses on part of the celebration. Experience the true Luau and all the rich culture it offers.

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