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Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

1. Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

Start your evening with a fresh flower Lei greeting. Browse the wares at the craft fair of local artisans. Witness the unearthing of the pig from the imu. Discover the legend of Kalamakū with a thrilling theatrical performance. Enjoy local favorite dishes and drinks from the open bar. Sit down to a Luau buffet of poi (mashed starchy vegetables), Lomi lomi salmon, Kalua pork baked in the imu, and seasonal fish. Dig into teriyaki chicken, fresh fruits, salad, pineapple upside down cake, haupia (coconut pudding), and a banana crème tart. After dinner, experience the the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamakū (child of the new land). Watch the story of an epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kauaʻi on one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Through laughter, fear, seduction and fire, a new legacy is created, born from the cherished seeds of their ancestors. See fire poi balls and traditional fire knife dancing during the show. Have the chance to take a photo of the cast at the end of the show.

Big Island: Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

2. Big Island: Voyagers of the Pacific Luau with Buffet

Visit the Royal Kona Resort to experience an interactive luau show celebrating the rich cultural history of Hawaii with seating on the glimmering shores of Kailua Bay. Start the evening with an aloha shell lei greeting, and craft demonstrations. Soon after, feast on a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet with traditional Hawaiian dishes made with local ingredients. Savor authentic island entrees such as honey soy braised beef, and fresh-catch fish. Be treated to Big Island flavors with sides like Hawaiian sweet potatoes, coconut rolls, macaroni, and Lomi Lomi salmon salad. Enjoy stir friend vegetables and kalua style pork and cabbage. Finish off your culinary experiences with tasty favorites like Hawaiian haupia pudding and coconut cake. Sip Mai Tais, wine, beer, and soft drinks as you embrace the local culture and radiant sunset. Then, as drumbeats build, the sensational Voyagers of the Pacific Luau show unfolds on stage. Be captivated by a dramatic show inspired by Polynesian stories told through live music, song, and dance, culminating in the exciting Samoan fire knife dance finale.

Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

3. Oahu: Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park with Dinner & Show

Get tickets to the oceanfront dinner theatre of Ka Moana Luau and enjoy an evening of Polynesian entertainment and a tropical-themed buffet dinner. Sip on a welcome Mai Tai with the celebrity option. Upgrade your experience by choosing hotel transfers from Waikiki. Get access to Sea Life Park Hawaii. After check-in, head inside the venue where you can take part in a number of cultural activities. Enjoy some lei making, temporary tattoos, a hula lesson, coconut-headband weaving, and a ukulele lesson. The dinner selections are from Sea Life Park's executive chef. The buffet selections include: Greens and Salads: • Island greens with mandarin oranges, radish sprouts crisp rice noodles and Asian dressing • Fruit salad • Lomi lomi salmon Starch options • Fresh taro rolls • Poi samples • Crisp vegetable stir-fry • Sweet potatoes • Steamed white rice Main Dishes: • Fresh grilled mahi mahi with macadamia nut crème sauce • Chicken yakitori with teriyaki sauce • Kalua pork Dessert: • Pineapple cake Beverage Options: • Coffee • Hot tea • Fruit punch Bar menu: • Island Mai Tai’s • Salmon Creek Chardonnay, Merlot and White Zinfandel • Domestic Beers: Budweiser and Bud Light • Soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite You can also purchase additional drinks at the discretion of Sea Life Park. Following dinner, you will enjoy an award-winning production highlighting the vibrant traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia. The show navigates through Polynesia on a way-finding adventure. Your experience culminates with the Polynesian Sword of Fire dance and don’t be surprised if you find yourself as part of the experience. 

Honolulu: Queens Waikiki Luau

4. Honolulu: Queens Waikiki Luau

A Luau is an elaborate Hawaiian feast that features traditional foods and entertainment. Take this opportunity to enjoy cultural activities, performances, and a buffet dinner right in the heart of Honolulu. Sit back and relax as you go on a journey through Polynesia. This spectacular event includes unique cultural activities where you can learn the hula, delicious Hawaiian food, and an authentic Polynesian show. Begin with some cultural activities before you taste traditional flavors and finish by watching a Polynesian performance including the fireknife dance. Menu Rice Macaroni salad Tossed green salad with lilikoi dressing Kalua pig cabbage BBQ shoyu chicken Long rice noodles with garlic Steamed vegetables Cake with haupia drizzle

From: Ma'alaea Harbor: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens

5. From: Ma'alaea Harbor: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens

Exploreone of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

Maui: Feast at Mokapu Farm-to-Table Luau in Wailea

6. Maui: Feast at Mokapu Farm-to-Table Luau in Wailea

Elevate your Hawaiian experience with Maui's most authentic luxury Luau at Andaz Maui Wailea Resort. Take part in a beautifully-curated cultural and culinary experience set among our iconic grassy lawn and the sandy shore of Mokapu beach. Take a journey into Polynesian history as your host regales you with the story of the arrival of the Polynesians in Maui. Learn about how ahupua'a was settled and gain insight into Hawaiian values. Marvel at Hula dancers and be thrilled by the fire dancers. Indulge in an ohana (family) style meal, beautifully plated and executed by the executive chef, Isaac Bancaco. Handcrafted cocktails personalized to your liking will also be available to enhance this culinary family style experience. Choose Classic seating if you'd like to be seated in the second row and beyond. Upgrade your party to Premium Seating for a truly VIP experience. Premium seats are located on the first row, with the best views of the luau. 

Kahului: Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

7. Kahului: Rainforest & Waterfall Adventure for Families

Your naturalist guide will walk you through the rainforest to two dazzling waterfalls. Here, you can swim in natural pools and practice 10-foot cannonball jumps from safe rock ledges (weather permitting). Along the way, you will learn about the island and its rainforests from your knowledgeable guides. This easy one-mile roundtrip hike is great for families, and multi-generational groups. Snacks and bottled water are included.

From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

8. From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

Explore an entirely new island in Hawaii on a catamaran cruise from Maui to Lanai. Jump into the cool and clear waters to snorkel and swim with vibrant marine life and look up to towering cliffs above you. Enjoy a continental breakfast and deli sandwich lunch while you sail under the warm Hawaiian sun. Keep an eye out for spinner dolphins, who are known to frequent the area. Listen to music and your captain share his knowledge about this island paradise and the abundant sea life that makes this area their home. Arrive on the Lanai coast and explore the underwater world accompanied by a crew member throughout. Take advantage of the waterslide for extra fun. Marvel at the marine life as you snorkel beneath towering cliffs reaching up to 300 feet. Be among the few to snorkel at remote locations with great visibility, such as Shark Fin Rock and Manele Bay. See a spectacular view of the West Maui Mountains while enjoying a beverage and Quicksilver Crew Trivia on the trip back to Lahaina.

Maui: 7 Zip Lines and WWII Museum

9. Maui: 7 Zip Lines and WWII Museum

Zip across giant eucalyptus trees in upcountry Maui on a 2-hour zipline tour, suitable for the entire family. Swoop from tree to tree on an exhilarating eco-adventure designed for for young and old alike. Upon arrival at the historic Camp Maui location, used as a Marine base during World War II, be greeted by friendly guides who’ll help you with all zipline gear. Safety is of utmost importance, and guides go through all procedures to make sure everyone is comfortable. Then, go to Boot Camp for a test run on the Trainer Line, and practice your zip techniques. Once everyone graduates from Boot Camp, it's on to Active Duty. Sail across a canopy of giant eucalyptus trees, via a network of 7 ziplines, suspension bridges, and aerial transfer platforms. Stay entertained with your guide’s jokes and games en route. Enjoy ocean views and scenic panoramas of up-country Maui's verdant northern shore. The grand finale is Top Gun, where you can reach speeds of up to 45 mph, while the 3-point harness allows you to try a range of motions, including sideways, backward, and spinning movements. After the last zip, head back to Base Camp, where photographers will be waiting with action shots of your tour to purchase as digital files.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

10. Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Explore the ocean and see marine wildlife on this family-friendly kayaking tour, great for children 5 and up. Go snorkeling and feast on complimentary snacks and beverages as you go. Take a group kayaking tour where you will kayak roughly 2.5 miles through Makena Bay. Turtle Town is known as one of Maui's best kayaking and snorkeling destinations. Spot ocean wildlife as you battle through the blue Hawaiian surf. This location is famous for the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle population and exceptional paddling conditions on Maui's calm blue waters. It is also very common to see manta rays and dolphins as well as the Hawaiian monk seal. During whale season (October through April) you will have the opportunity to see Humpback whales during their annual migration to the Islands to mate and give birth. Take advantage of the opportunity to snorkel in this unique environment. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages as part of your tour.

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What people are saying about Hawaii

I was worried about the location when I saw that it was across the street from Safeway and not on the water, but once we got there I was instantly put at ease and the whole experience from the moment you check in until the end of the show was absolutely WONDERFUL! I’ve been to Luaus before on Oahu and Maui and this was by far the best “production” and the food was quite good as well! The performers, singers, dancers, fire dancers were all top notch and because it was more “indoors” they were able to really utilize lights and sound for a beautiful show! The main fire dancer guy was incredible! We had our two daughters 8 and 13 with us and I was worried they would be bored, but they absolutely loved it. A well oiled machine shuffling all of us through the buffet! I Highly recommend!

This was one of the highlights of our trip to the Big Island. Great crew, so friendly and helpful, and the boat was spacious and comfortable. The captain gave us some interesting history as we cruised along the coast. We saw dolphins, flying fish and had a great time snorkeling. They provided breakfast and a BBQ lunch, both were great! We would do it again in a heartbeat, and wish they had an all-day trip, 1/2 day was too short!

A wonderful trip with an excellent captain and crew on a spacious boat to an exotic location. The coral was spectacular.

Had a really good tour guides!! And really good time doing the zip line !!!

This was a great experience on our honeymoon. We had a wonderful time!!