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Oahu's Best Luaus







Oahu's Best Luaus    


Oh so touristy, but so much fun in the right setting! Although a variety of food is offered at most luaus, look for those with an Imu ceremony - where a pig that has been roasting all day in an underground oven is uncovered to start the feast. Be prepared to spend from $60 to $100 per adult (depending on the package) and, thankfully, less for kids. Before you make your reservation, do a little homework and find out what types of food are served and the type of entertainment presented. The professionalism and enthusiasm of the luau staff have a lot to do with the success of any luau. 

Rating luaus is a tricky things and often a person's memory of the event is influenced by the factors unrelated to the food or entertainment.  The three we present below are considered by many to the be the best on Oahu, but we urge you to take a look at the websites we reference and decide for yourself.

Most of the luau’s provide transportation for those who do not have a car or do not want to drive. Inquire at the web sites or ask your concierge for a recommendation.

Germaine’s Luau 
Rated by many as the best luau in Hawai'i, Germaine's Luau site is located on the beach in west Oahu, approximately 30 to 45 minutes drive from Waikiki (and yes, there is a rush hour in Honolulu).

The luau and show lasts approximately three hours (from 6pm to 9pm), but the transportation service, which is complimentary from major hotels, leaves Waikiki a little before 5pm.

For more information, Germaine's web site can be found at

Paradise Cove Luau
Located at the Ko Olina Resort on the leeward side of Oahu, the Paradise Cove Luau and Hawai'ian Revue is an enjoyable experience. Complimentary transportation is provided via motor coach from nine locations in Waikiki. Visit the Paradise Cove website http://www.paradisecoveHawai'i.com/ or consider clicking the Viator Tours advertisement below.


Paradise Cove Luau
From Viator Tours

Ali’o Luau at the Polynesian cultural center 
Located in Laie (near Oahu's north shore) at 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, the Polynesian Cultural Center is affiliated with the local campus of Brigham Young University and does not serve alcohol at its luau. However, the Center's indoor luau features high quality food and good entertainment.  For detailed information and pricing see http://www.polynesia.com/

The Polynesian Cultural Center, located about an hour's drive from Waikiki,  has emerged as one of the most popular attractions in Oahu over the last decade. The 42 acre Center contains replicas of seven native villages representing Hawai'ian and other Polynesian cultures. In addition, it offers an indoor luau and stage show.  Many visit to see the villages and stay for the indoor luau.

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