Our Favorite Poipu Luaus
When it comes to Kauai luaus, location plays a big role in the experience. Located on the southern tip of Kauai, Poipu is one of the most appealing destinations on the island. Visitors and residents alike are drawn to Poipu for its golden beaches, golf courses, fantastic shopping and dining options, luxe accommodations, and perpetually sunny weather.
Although Poipu is Kauai’s tourism hotspot today, the region is rooted in ancient and not-so-distant history. Poipu was a busy port during Hawaii’s whaling era, and neighboring Koloa is home to the very first sugar plantation in the islands. Meanwhile, the area is dotted with Hawaiian historical sites that date back to the early 1400s. Poipu’s rich history, picturesque scenery, and flawless weather have attracted top-rated Kauai luau productions to the area, namely, Auli’i Luau and Havaiki Nui Luau.
Framed by glimmering tiki torches, swaying palms, and the rolling surf at Kiahuna Beach, Auli’i boasts the most heavenly luau setting on Kauai. This beachfront luau takes guests on a journey through history, from when the first Polynesian voyagers settled the islands to 1950s Hawaii.
When it comes to Poipu luaus, the location plays a big role in the experience. Located on the oceanfront lawn of the Sheraton Kauai Beach Resort in Poipu, the Auliʻi Luau is one of Kauai’s most engaging productions. Before the spirited, multi-act show, guests are welcomed with a shell lei or fresh flower lei. Get the island vibes flowing with a mai tai from the open bar and browse the many unique Polynesian makana (gifts).
Auliʻi Luau works closely with the skillful chefs at the Sheraton Resort to craft a succulent buffet spread. Expect island favorites like poke, purple sweet potatoes, chow mein, Huli Huli chicken, kalua pork, and so much more. Following dinner, as the sunset burns to the west and pahu drums pulse, Auliʻi’s dynamic cast tells authentic stories passed down by generations of Polynesians.
Check-in for the Auliʻi Luau is at 5:30 pm (March – September, 5 pm October – February) on Mondays and Wednesdays. Guests can choose from Aloha Standard seating or Auliʻi Premier seating, which includes an exclusive check-in, specialty appetizers, and seating within the first four rows fronting the stage. Children under three are welcome free of charge.
Havaiki Nui Luau – Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau
Whether you’re eight or eighty, the Havaiki Nui Luau in Poipu will be the highlight of your Kauai vacation. Located in the Grand Hyatt in Poipu, this family-friendly luau explores the cultures of Hawaii, Tahiti, and Samoa through mele (song), hula, and cuisine.
The Havaiki Nui Luau in Poipu starts on an excellent note with a complimentary adult beverage (or fruit punch for the kids). Settle into your seats as gentle Hawaiian music wafts through the air, or take a picture with the colorful oversized ‘ALOHA’ sign on the lawn.
Listen for the sounding of the pū (conch shell), which signals the start of the festivities. Throughout the night, the amusing emcee guides the audience across the Pacific, recounting tales of Polynesian seafarers and the history of Kauai. Stick around for the grand finale, where zestful Samoan fire dancers perform to rhythms as fiery as their lit torches.
Havaiki Nui not only honors the tales and traditions of Polynesia but the fare as well. Guests enjoy delectable local appetizers like fresh fruit, poi, lomi salmon, and poke. Entree offerings include kalua pork, Huli Huli chicken, purple sweet potatoes, local catch, and steamed vegetables. The luau runs about 2.5 hours and is offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays.