No visit to O‘ahu would be complete without experiencing a taste of local Hawaiian food and culture, and for most visitors, attending a lūʻau in O’ahu is the best way to satisfy your cultural and gastronomical appetite. Marvel at graceful Hawaiian hula dancers while feasting on the fresh culinary delights of our islands. Absorb yourself in stories and chants of old Hawai‘i amidst fragrant flowers and flickering torchlight. A delight to all the senses, treating yourself to a Hawaiian lūʻau in O’ahu may just be one of the most memorable experiences of your vacation.
About Hawaiian Lūʻau
A lūʻau is a traditional Hawaiian feast. By definition, the word “lūʻau” refers to young kalo (taro; Colocasia esculenta) tops, which are always served at lūʻau. Generally, Hawaiian feasts are celebratory affairs accompanied by hula (dance), oli (chant), moʻolelo (stories), and mele (songs). The food you will find at a lūʻau will be mouth-watering local style: tender kalua pig and turkey cooked in an imu (an underground oven; kalua means “the pit”), limu (edible seaweed – yes, it’s good!), lomi (massaged) salmon with tomato and green onion, mahimahi (dolphinfish), haupia (coconut pudding) and plantation days’ adoptions such as rice, noodles, teriyaki beef, and chicken adobo.
Best Lūʻau on O‘ahu
For the best and most authentic lūʻau in O’ahu, check out Paradise Cove Lu‘au at the Kō ʻOlina Resort in Kapōlei. Located beachside, Paradise Cove Lu‘au dishes up heaps of ʻono (delicious) home-cooked food and showcases the island’s best dancers and storytellers. Before the feast, Paradise Cove Lu‘au invites you to participate in a real hukilau (the pulling in of the fishnet) and try your skill at traditional Hawaiian games. Chief’s Lu‘au also offers all the sumptuous fare and lavish entertainment of a traditional lūʻau. Chief Sielu Avea was the original world’s champion fire knife dancer, and enjoys a reputation as one of the funniest Polynesian entertainers in the South Pacific. If you have young children along, the spectacular fire dancing show at Chief’s Lu‘au is sure to hold their attention.
Bring Your Appetite
Most lūʻau on O‘ahu offer both dinner and show reservations, or show only. The best lūʻau in O’ahu fill up fast daily, so we advise reserving well in advance. Be sure to contact our vacation experts at ILoveHawaii.com today to book an unforgettable evening of food, culture, and entertainment.