What’s the difference between each Kauai Luau?

The best Kauai luaus feature Hawaiian buffets, epic Polynesian entertainment, and time-honored island traditions. But that’s where their similarities end. Each Kauai luau has something inherently unique to offer, whether it be a theatrical show or an oceanfront location. Using the Kauai luau comparison chart below will help but before that let’s discover the crucial differences that set each Kauai luau apart.

  • Location: Kauai luaus are located in and around Poipu, Lihue, and Kapaa. It’s best to choose one near where you’re staying.
  • Price: Kauai luaus range from around $140 to $205 for a seat. Typically, entrance for kids under three is free.
  • Styles: Each Kauai luau has its own unique vibe. The Hawaii Alive Luau is a to-the-point Polynesian dance showcase, while Luau Kalamaku’s Disney-like production is great for kids.

What does VIP seating at a Kauai luau consist of?

Some Kauai luaus offer VIP seating; others solely have general admission. VIP seating usually includes expedited check-in, flower leis, and seating close to the stage,

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*This chart has been updated as of June 1, 2024. Check out all of the luaus here!

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Kauai’s sunny south side is home to golden beaches, luxe resorts, and some of the island’s best luaus.


From the shores of Kalapaki Beach to the lush Kilohana Plantation, Lihue luaus are great for families and couples alike.


This quiet corner of Kauai is laid-back— until the night comes alive with fire dancers and Polynesian drumming.

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