Many say this is hands down the best luau on Oahu. They can feed up to 1,200 guests at one time, so get ready to party down! Except of course, since the Polynesian Cultural Center is part of the Mormon Church there's no alcohol in any drinks here. The dancing, fire acts, and other entertainment is fun and at times a little over the top. They'll probably try to get a lot of people at tables to come up and participate, so if you're shy you better hope it's not you! But there's a LOT of food, lots to see, and you'll leave so stuffed you won't want to eat for the rest of your vacation. If you're looking for a luau, this is you're best bet.
Recommended for Buffet because: The Polynesian Cultural Center is an attraction on it's own, but the all you can eat Hawaiian buffet is known as some of the best around.
Local Expert tip: It can be a good idea to hit the North Shore beaches and end the day at this luau.
A seaside location capitalizes on incredible sunsets at this established luau. A luau is a Hawaiian take on the traditional buffet, where you'll find an abundance of Hawaiian and Polynesian food served buffet style. When guests arrive, they're treated to a display of crafts and games on the grounds and are then invited to watch traditional ceremonies. Following is the unveiling of the pig and a delectable buffet with all sorts of appetizing fare, including native island dishes. Finally, performances of song and dance add a festive note and provide a rounded experience of Hawaiian culture. A shuttle to the locale is included.
Recommended for Buffet because: Located on the west side of the island, the Paradise Cove Luau is one of the most entertaining and offers an abundance of amazing Hawaiian food.
Local Expert tip: Don't eat before the luau.
Located at the upscale Kahala Resort, the Plumeria Beach House offers a breakfast buffet daily from 6:30 to 11 a.m. daily and till noon on weekends. Trying to please a number of different tastes? This wonderful, beachfront eatery deftly provides plenty of territory for satisfaction. Throughout the day, you'll find everything from ahi sandwiches to grilled steaks, steamed fish, savory pastas, and roasted chicken. Better yet, fixed-price buffet options ply diners with a wealth of delights at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Find an outdoor table, browse the menu, and enjoy anything you choose, be it Asian, American, Mediterranean, or Hawaiian. Great for groups and families.
Recommended for Buffet because: The beachfront location is known for offering fresh fish with quality service.
Local Expert tip: The breakfast buffet is located in Kahala, so it's a great start to the day when heading east for the day.
One of the few luaus offered within the city, this delightful event takes place along the ocean at one of Honolulu's most recognizable landmarks, the Pink Palace. This is the hawaiian version of the buffet, and you'll be treated to an abundance of Hawaiian and Polynesian food to fill up on. The luau begins with the presentation of leis, drinks and pupus, then moves to hula dancing and the extravagant dinner itself. Afterwards, guests are privy to elaborate performances of song, dance, and more beneath the Waikiki stars. Plan ahead for this spectacular event, which is offered every Monday evening.
Recommended for Buffet because: Centrally located and offering the Hawaiian version of a buffet, this luau is fun with great food.
Local Expert tip: Come with an empty stomach. Seriously.