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These Hawaiian Hotels Have the Best Luaus Around

Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku | June 29, 2018

Have you really and truly experienced the full Hawaiian vacation if you haven’t dined next to the ocean and watched a spectacular show of hula, fire dancing, and a full-sized pig being pulled from the ground? Well, sure, you probably have, but attending a luau during your visit is a quintessential part of an island vacation. These hotels go above and beyond the standard luau to create a truly memorable, Instagram-worthy evening.


Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

Why it made the list

At the Haleo Luau on Mondays and Fridays guests will enjoy a show from Island Breeze Productions. This luau tells the story of Keauhou and its specific history, unique to the Sheraton. In addition to the show there are interactive arts and crafts, a luau feast, and live music during dinner. Haleo begins at sunset (though that can very seasonally, so be sure to confirm your start time). Adult prices are $113, children ages 6 to 12 are $60, and children ages 5 and under are free.

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Waikoloa Beach Marriott

Why it made the list

Every Monday and Wednesday evening the Marriott hosts a sunset luau where beautiful palm-tree studded views of Anaehoomalu Bay serve as the backdrop to a music and dance performance. Of course dinner and drinks (full open bar) are part of the show, and if you have a small group the premier seating upgrade for $30 is worth the extra price so that you receive front row seating, early entrance, and a lei. Adult prices are $109 ($138 premier), children ages 6 to 12 are $54 ($84 premier), and children ages 5 and under are free. Kama’aina and military rates are available.

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Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Why it made the list

One of the best parts about the Island Breeze Luau at Courtyard King Kamehameha is seeing the royal court arrive on a double hulled canoe. Add in traditional arts and crafts, open bar, incredible food, and you’ve got a night to remember. Shows run every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, with special Wednesday shows during the busy summer months. We suggest buying your tickets directly from the hotel where guests receive a special discount – there’s a lobby desk specifically for the luau! Adult prices are $106, children ages 6 to 12 are $54, and children ages 4 and under are free. Holiday pricing is a good bit higher.

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Royal Kona Resort

Why it made the list

The Royal Kona claims bragging rights for having a luau available an impressive four nights a week AND for having the best price, making it a great option for the whole family. The only weeknight that it isn’t available you’ll find Hawaiian music night at Don’s Mai Tai Bar. Voyagers of the Pacific luau includes shell lei welcome, photo opportunities, arts and crafts demonstrations (with hands on participation), and the unearthing of the pig from the imu (underground oven). The stage production includes stories, songs, and dances of the Polynesian islands and includes the Samoan fire dance. We highly suggest booking online – it will save you 25%. Adult prices are $94 ($70.50 online), children ages 6 to 11 are $47 ($35.25 online), and children ages 5 and under are free.

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