When the conch shell is blown at Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau on Kauai, you'll know the feast has begun and the night has started. At this amazing luau, you'll spend hours into the night sipping cocktails, eating traditional Hawaiian food - and plenty of it - watching dancing and listening to music. The beautiful gardens surrounding this luau make for a magical setting, and one that you'll want to explore before darkness sets in.
Thowing "shaka" goodnight — Photo courtesy of JeffK
A huge buffet ensures that you won't go hungry and includes lomi salmon, mahi mahi, chicken, beef, macaroni salad and plenty of vegetables and desserts. A full bar is available throughout the night, and after a few mai tais, you might be in the mood to dance hula in front of the whole crowd. It's quite an elaborate production with hula dancing, Samoan fire knife dances and Tahitian drum dances.
Fire dancer — Photo courtesy of bobosht
If you'd like to eat dinner somewhere else, you can purchase show-only tickets and arrive around dark. This is a great way to spend the evening, either with the whole family or just as a date night. The feasting and dancing at the luau goes well into the evening, so don't expect to squeeze in anything after. Go casual or dress up with some aloha wear, and don't forget the camera.