10 Best Luaus and Places for Traditional Hawaiian Food on Kauai

Hawaiians are known for a love of food and for great celebrations including dance, entertainment, and yes, tons of food. Luckily for visitors looking for an ono (delicious) meal and awesome entertainment, Kauai is home to some wonderful luaus that take place all over the island. Those who want to get a real taste of Hawaii can do so by trying succulent kalua pig, fresh spiced lomi lomi salmon, thick and fresh poi, or a sweet and firm piece of coconut haupia, all while watching hula dancing and fire show.

Visitors staying on the North Shore will find the Mediterranean Gourmet Luau and Luau Paina O Hanalei to be convenient options. Both provide an abundance of traditional Hawaiian food and dancing. While the former is near the end of the road on the ocean, the latter takes place high on the bluff of Princeville.

On the east side is Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau, one of the best options on the island for Hawaiian food and culture. Nearby in Lihue is the Grand Hyatt Luau is one of Kauai's longest standing, and is renowned for its extravagant display of culture and food.

Remember that luaus aren't just about wonderful and very filling food - a night at a Polynesian luau is about entertainment and celebration. Dancing, fire swinging, song, and other celebratory methods are found at each and every luau. A local staple even for birthdays and graduations, the luau is a not to miss activity.



This is a local style spot that serves up fresh fish and seafood to take home and cook as well as eat there and take out dishes. Very local and Hawaiian food like lau lau, kalua pig, and other local favorites that can be pretty darn good....  Read More

Kilauea Fish Market
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There's a whole lot more than fish in store is the market's motto, and they're right! In addition to fresh local fish, they have Hawaiian food, an ahi fajita burrito, fish tacos, salads, plate lunches and great specials, along with grass fed...  Read More



A hit with locals and visitors, the Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. is a spot that all visitors need to stop at and enjoy. Very local style, the restaurant is a local style lunch wagon resting roadside in Hanalei. Serving traditional Hawaiian food,...  Read More

Gaylord's at Kilohana


The flavor of old Hawaii runs strong at this circa-1930 Tudor estate, which was once the home of a sugar plantation executive. These days, the mansion and its surrounding 35 acres have been opened to the public as a series of quaint shops and...  Read More



Luau Kalamaku is an unforgettable experience that is a "must-see" for any visitor to the islands. Your cultural journey begins with craft demonstrations and Hawaiian games followed by the traditional Imu Ceremony. While enjoying your sumptuous...  Read More

Surf to Sunset Oceanfront Luau


Partaking of a luau is de rigueur for first-time Hawaii visitors, and this oceanfront extravaganza on Poipu Beach is an ideal introduction to traditional Polynesian food and culture. As guests arrive, they're presented a lei and invited to view...  Read More

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau


The beautiful gardens surrounding this luau make for a magical setting, and one that you'll want to explore before the night kicks in. When the conch is blown and the roasted pig set out, the feast begins. The buffet ensures that you won't go...  Read More

Pa'ina o Hanalei


From their position along the shores of Hanalei Bay, visitors give themselves over to the charm of this delightful luau. Festivities begin with the call of the conch, at which point the kalua pig is premiered in ceremonial style. It headlines...  Read More

Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Luau


This hotel-sponsored luau provides a healthy dose of spectacle, music, and authentic Hawaiian foods. The evening show, Havaiki Nui, begins with a torch-lighting ceremony on the edge of the ocean, heralded by the call of the conch shell. As it...  Read More


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