Big Island Luau
Nothing says “Hawaii” like the word “luau.” These traditional feasts are an ideal way to unwind after a long day and have fun for a few hours, as you listen to music, watch performers, and gorge yourself on the local fare. Luaus can be found particularly in the resorts in and around Historic Kailua Village, Keauhou, and the Kohala Coast.
Lava Legends Luau
Starting At: $78.06/Person
With an all-you-can-eat buffet, torch-lighting ceremony, and pareo fashion show, this night promises to be a crowd pleaser for all.
Although each aspect is important, the real key to a good luau is the food. At the Big Island’s luaus, you’ll get the best of the native dishes, including kalua pig, that is, pig cooked in an underground oven; the raw fish salad known as poke; lomi salmon salad; and haupia, a coconut milk-based, pudding-like dessert. The flavors may be unique, but they’re delicious!
In addition to the food is the entertainment. Luaus feature a variety of dances, including hula dancing, fire dancing, and otea, a type of Tahitian dance. Hula and otea are oftentimes confused, but otea is the more upbeat of the two and features hip-shaking, whereas hula is more focused on hand and arm motions. If you’re lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it), your luau site may ask you to come on stage to do your best hula impression!
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