Go to a Luau

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Loosely translated, a LU‘AU is a BIG FEAST with a lot of SINGING, DANCING AND FESTIVITIES. Backyard lu‘au have been part of the Hawaiian culture for centuries and are ingrained with the Makahiki festival: a time of great celebration marking the start of the harvest season and a new year in ancient times.

Today, commercial lu‘au have developed with the tourist trade, and are major resort attractions. Many lu‘au temporarily closed due to COVID-19, so be sure to check with individual venues to make reservations and ensure they have re-opened.

best, with a traditional main course of kalua pig that’s slow-roasted all day in an imu (underground oven), and then unearthed just before the meal.

At POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER, experience a modern spin on the traditional lu‘au experience. In addition to staples like kalua pork, ‘ahi poke and poi , the ALI’I LU’AU menu also includes vegan offerings such as pulehu broccolini, ‘uala hasselback and tofu poke. In West O‘ahu, PARADISE COVE LUAU welcomes guests to its secluded oasis with Hawaiian music. Guests stroll the village, sipping mai tais as they learn some arts and crafts or challenge themselves with some traditional games. The Shower of Flowers kicks off the Hukilau on the Beach at which guests learn about net fishing and are treated an imu ceremony. Soon, the evening of revelry commences with a feast of traditional Hawaiian dishes, island favorites and continental cuisine-guests enjoy dining with friends, old and new, with the island’s stunning sunset as a backdrop. While the food is top-notch so is Paradise Cove Luau’s renowned entertainment. Paradise Cove Luau’s show features song and dance from throughout the Pacific.

At Hilton Hawaiian Village, find WAIKIKI STARLIGHT LUAU , an open- air lu‘au that showcases the heritage of the Pacific Islands, thanks to its Voyages Across the Seas production that will have guests thrilling to fire knife dancers and Samoan, Tahitian and Hawaiian dance.

Enjoy panoramic views of downtown Honolulu to the Wai‘anae mountain range at EXPERIENCE NUTRIDGE LU‘AU experiencenutridge.com. Located at the Nutridge Estate, this experience features four hours of interactive activities including cultural workshops and games, education on Hawaiian protocols and traditions and a farm-to-table dinner. Round-trip transportation from Waikiki is available.