Get to know Kauai's rich history and cultures intimately, and at the same time, travel back to ancient Polynesia - from Hawaii to Tahiti and New Zealand, through authentic traditional music, songs, dances, and cuisines.
Held at a beautiful oceanfront right on the world-famous Poipu Beach, Auli’i Luau invites you to an unforgettable evening of celebration. Make sure to arrive hungry!
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with a warm lei greeting and a refreshing island-style cocktail. Their friendly staff in vibrant, authentic Hawaiian costumes will escort you to the luau grounds to get settled. Sit down on a warm sandy shore in front of a jaw-dropping tropical beach, with the warm breeze of the wind touching your skin and blowing your hair while sipping your drinks. Just as the sun starts to dip down the horizon, creating beautiful shades of orange, yellow, red, and purple, the event also starts. The lighting of the torches signals it. To liven up the mood, traditional live music will be played in the background. Music has been a part of the early Hawaiians’ daily life. It was usually expressed in the form of chants.
When it’s time for your eat-all-you-can buffet, you can feast on authentic traditional Hawaiian cuisine, including the Kalua pig, appetizers, salads, and desserts. For guests following a certain diet, several options are made just for you! When your plates are clean, sit back, relax, and be mesmerized with a top-notch presentation that only Auli’i Luau can provide. Learn the story of the fire goddess Pele and her lover Lohiau through a stirring performance of the Kahiko – the ancient Hula. According to Hawaiian mythology, Pele created Hawaii and still lives in the Kilauea volcano, which is the most active volcano in the world.
You also get a chance to watch a fantastic presentation, paying tribute to the Paniolo – the Hawaiian Cowboys. In 1793, Captain George Vancouver visited Big Island and gave cattle to King Kamehameha I as a gift – the first-ever cattle on the island. After several years in 1830, King Kamehameha III invited three vaqueros or cattle riders from Mexico to teach the locals some cowboy skills. When the Hawaiians asked the visitors who they were, the Mexican cowboys responded: “Español” (Spanish). The locals then pronounced the word español as paniolo, hence the Hawaiian cowboys known as paniolo.
Just as the stars take over the skies, the show continues, giving you more captivating dances, including the “Drum Dances of Tahiti.” Watch the performers as they gracefully shake their hips to the pulsating drum beats. You will also see an energetic performance of Lapalapa and Sasa dances of the Samoans and another presentation called “Celebrating the Beauty that Surrounds Us,” depicting the beauty of Kauai. Join the fun and participate with the performance of the “Hollywood’s version of the Hula,” when tourism influenced the Hula. Watch physically fit Maori men as they perform Poi ball dance and the “Warriors of New Zealand” dancing the Haka – a war dance that ancient Maoris used to intimidate their enemies.
As a finale, hold onto your seats for a thrilling and hair-raising performance of the Samoan fire-knife dance, where the performer sets the stage on fire while displaying fascinating acrobatic skills with a knife!
- Beautiful oceanfront luau grounds (weather permitting) – back-up location is the Kauai Ballroom
- Authentic Hawaiian luau that is locally owned and operated – Director Mi Nei Oliver-Martins and her ohana (family) are native Kauaians who invite you to experience an extraordinary evening celebrating island culture
- Sample the succulent delicacies of paradise – delicious luau buffet dinner
- Enjoy songs and dances of Polynesia performed by Kauai’s talented and award-winning dancers of Urahutia Productions
- Fire throwing point at Haena
ALOHA STANDARD SEATING
- Open seating on banquet tables, shared seating
- Shell lei greeting
- Welcome cocktail & open bar
- Appetizers, dinner buffet, and Polynesian entertainment
ALI’I PREMIER SEATING
- Reserved tables within first 3 rows fronting the stage (if you are traveling with another party booked separately please mention it at the time of booking)
- Round tables, shared seating for 8-10
- Exclusive premier check-in line (far right side)
- Specialty lei (seasonal-flower, shell, kukui nut)
- Welcome cocktail & open bar
- Appetizers (table side, family-style), first to dinner buffet, and Polynesian entertainment
- Hawaiian Chili Pepper Pipikaula
- Sliced Pineapple
- Hawaiian Potato Chips
- Sesame Garlic Edamame
- Roasted Purple Potatoes
Ali’i Seating Premier Pupus (Appetizers)
- Taro Chips
- Sliced Pineapple
- Hawaiian Chili Pepper Beef Pipikaula Salad
- Banana Bread
- Hanalei Poi
- Kilauea Island greens: Greens, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Red Onions with Papaya Seed, and Balsamic and Ranch Dressing
- Vegetable Crudite: Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mini Peppers, and Maui Onion Dip
- Cucumber Salad : Chopped Dill, Red Onions, and Yogurt Lime Dressing
- Local Style Potato Macaroni Salad – Russet Potatoes, Elbow Macaroni, Carrots, Scallions, Chopped Egg, and Mayo
- Ahi Ogo Poke: Sweet Onions, Green Onions, Ogo, and Hawaiian Salt
- Ginger Tofu Poke: Sweet Onions, Cucumber, Green Onions, and Sesame Shoyu Dressing
- Lomi Lomi Salad: Salted Salmon, Onions, Tomatoes, and Green Onions
- Kauai’s Fresh I’a (Fish) with Sundried Tomato Caper Butter
- Kalua Pig with Cabbage
- Grilled Marinated I’o (Beef): Ginger Shoyu Grilled Sirloin
- Huli Huli Moa (Rotisserie Chicken): Local Style Marinated and Grilled Boneless Chicken
- Island Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles: Napa Cabbage, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Onions, and Broccoli
- Steamed Sticky Rice
- Taro Rolls
- Mango Cake: Moist Yellow Cake with Fresh Island Mangoes
- Haupia: Traditional Hawaiian Dessert Made with Coconut
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake: Moist Butter Cake Topped with Caramelized Pineapples
- Chocolate Cake
- Sliced Pineapples
- Mai Tai
- Blue Hawaii
- Soft Drinks
- Fruit Punch
ALLERGEN CHART (✔ contains the specific allergy)
- Check-in Location and Time: The luau is held at the Sheraton Kauai Resort’s beach lawn. Self-parking is available at the coastal lot on Kapili Road (look for the EVENT PARKING sign) at no additional cost.
- Restrictions: There are no specific restrictions for this activity. Please contact us if anyone in your party has special needs.
- Special Notes:
➤Infant seating (child 3 and under) do not get their own seat and must sit in an adult’s lap. A plate is available at the request of the parents. In order to get their own seat, you must book child (4-12) pricing.
➤If inclement weather is forecasted, the luau will still take place, but the location will change to either the Garden Pavilion or the Poipu Ballroom.
➤The luau is held on a flat grassy turf with concrete sidewalks around the perimeter.
- Operations: Mondays and Thursdays
- Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
- Capacity: Approximately 250 guests