Enjoy a memorable evening with Kauai’s newest luau right at the beautiful oceanfront at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort in Kapa’a, featuring the traditional music, dance, and cuisines of Hawaii and its neighboring Polynesian islands!

As they say, when attending a luau, make sure to arrive hungry because you will be feasting on an eat-all-you-can dinner. Along with it, some guests who want to get into the Aloha spirit don their most authentic Hawaiian wears, although it is never a requirement in luaus. The most important thing is you feel comfortable with the clothes you’re wearing, and enjoy the event. But if you prefer to dress up for the night, you may simply wear a Hawaiian-designed polo shirt and shorts if you are a gentleman. For ladies: you can wear floral-designed skirts. For your footwear, slippers, sandals, or flip-flops are desirable. 

As soon as you arrive, you will be warmly welcomed by their friendly staff in their authentic, vibrant traditional Hawaiian outfits, and then escort you to the luau grounds right in front of the ancient royal surfing grounds. The event will start with a beautiful torch lighting ceremony, headed by men in loincloths. Ancient Hawaiians used torches as a light source when walking at night or fishing. In the 1950s, the manager of Coco Palms Hotel on Kauai, Grace Guslander, invented such a ritual, which is now common in many luaus. 

Once you are settled, watch their beautiful dancers perform the mesmerizing ancient dances or hula kahiko, led by one of Hawaii’s best Kumu hula (hula masters) – Leilani Rivera Low. The early Hawaiians used hula dancing to tell stories. These days, it is usually paired with chants and contemporary music – either slow and sentimental in tempo or fast and energetic. It animates history, prophecy, genealogy, and the tales of those who lived in the past. You can order your favorite cocktail from the open bar while enjoying the show.

Luau Maka’iwa’s mission is to tell the stories of Hawaii and the greater Polynesia through dances, music, and traditional dishes to the visitors. When it’s time for dinner, you will feast on hot and cold menus with a wide range of selections, plus delightful desserts. The best thing about this luau is that if you follow a certain diet, they included options in the menu. While enjoying your meal, drumbeats fill the air just like how the Hawaiians and Polynesians did during festivities and feasts in the past.

After eating, brace yourself and prepare for a world-class show. Be mesmerized as the dancers demonstrate various dances of Hawaii and its neighboring islands. As a finale, hold your breath for a hair-raising Samoan fire-knife dance where the dancers set the stage on fire! Siva Afi or the Samoan fire-knife dance, originated in Samoa, incorporating a Samoan weapon nifo oti or war knife. The performers will twirl the blade with a cloth on both sides set on fire while they showcase acrobatic tricks at a speedy pace. With Luau Maka’iwa, you will not only go home with a full stomach but also with a joyful heart, as well as additional knowledge about the Polynesian cultures and traditions.

Luau Packages and Inclusions

STANDARD SEATING INCLUSIONS

  • Buffet dinner & luau show
  • Seating behind the VIP section
  • Seating is pre-assigned

VIP SEATING INCLUSIONS

  • Buffet dinner & luau show
  • Seating closer to the stage at round tables (tables seat 8 guests) 
  • Ladies receive a flower for their hair. Gentlemen receive a ti leaf lei.
  • Seating is pre-assigned

Luau Highlights

  • Enjoy a luau on ancient royal surfing grounds on Kauai’s scenic east shore
  • Cocktail reception, followed by cultural and arts demonstrations
  • Option to buy an authentic, hand-crafted souvenir
  • Torch lighting ceremony
  • Delicious luau feast, featuring a wide variety of island-style delicacies
  • Spectacular Polynesian show with award-winning hula, as well as Tahitian, Maori, Tongan and Samoan dances

Luau Menu

HOT DISHES

  • Green Coconut Curry Mahi Mahi (Fresh Island Fish) *gf, df, pf, sff
  • Kalua Pork *gf, df, pf, sff
  • Huli Huli Chicken *df, pf, sff
  • Kauai Vegetable Chow Mein *df, pf, sff
  • Stir Fried Vegetable *df, pf, sff
  • Kaffir Lime Scented Calrose Rice *gf, df, pf, sff
  • Island Sweet Potato Hash *gf, df, pf, sff

COLD DISHES

  • Lomi Lomi Salmon *gf, df, pf, sff
  • Potato Mac Salad *pf, sff
  • Salad Bar
  • Poi *gf, df, pf, sff
  • Rolls *pf, sff

DESSERT

  • Papaya Mango Rice Pudding *pf, sff
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake *pf, sff
  • Coconut Haupia *pf, sff
  • Coffee & Tea Station

OPEN BAR

  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Mai Tais
  • Soft Drinks

*Note: Gluten-free = gf, Dairy-free = df, Peanut-free = pf, Shellfish-free = sff

Special Instructions

  • Check-in Location and Time: Check-in at 5:15 pm at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort (formerly Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach), 650 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI 96746. The luau grounds are located at the north side of the resort.

DIRECTIONS: From Princeville, head south on Highway 56. In Kapaa, go past McDonalds and turn left on Aleka Loop (Longs Drugs). Make the first left into Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort and follow signs to Luau parking.

From Poipu, head north on Highway 50 past Lihue to Highway 56 north. Cross over the Wailua River and go past Coconut Marketplace. Turn right on Aleka Loop at Longs Drugs. Make a left turn into Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort and follow signs to Luau parking.

*Note: Luau ends around 8:30 pm.

  • Restrictions: There are no specific restrictions for this activity. Please contact us if anyone in your party has special needs.
  • Operations: Thursday and Sunday

Duration: 3 hours