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What To Do in Poipu

A cultural experience not to be missed on any of the Hawaiian Islands is a luau! At a nearby Poipu luau, you’ll enjoy ono (delicious) food and appetizers while being dazzled by fire dancers and hula performances.

Luaus are held to celebrate momentous occasions, such as the birth of a child, graduation, a wedding, or any reason family and friends want to come together in celebration.

Before it was known as a luau, it was called an `aha`aina – a combination of the words that mean gathering and meal. In the early days of luaus, religious practices at the time dictated that men and women ate separately during meals and that certain foods were off limits to women. In 1819, King Kamehameha II ended these practices and to celebrate the societal change he held a feast with women. The luaus in those days were very large parties with hundreds of attendees.

Now, many luaus are private affairs with family and friends but visitors to Kauai can attend luaus to experience this historical tradition and feast on Hawaiian food. Many of these feasts include favorites such as poi, poke, lomi salmon, and kalua pig.

There are two places for luaus in Poipu near Whalers Cove Resort:

Auli`I Luau
Boasted as “Kauai’s only oceanfront luau,” this south shore event allows you to enjoy the ocean breeze, amazing sunsets, and the festivities of a luau – all in one place! This family-operated event features appetizers, traditional entrees, some sweet desserts, and of course Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiis! Reservations for the luau may be made online.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau
E komo mai (welcome) to a wonderful feast with honored guests, such as yourself, that features dancing and food from an imu. Cooking pork in an imu is a Hawaiian tradition and delivers mouthwatering meat that’s been slow roasted for about 10 hours. At the Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau, you’ll enjoy traditional Hawaiian music during the cocktail and pupu (appetizer) hour, a tantalizing feast, and a Hawaiian or Polynesian dance. Reservations may be made by emailing the hotel at or calling (808) 240-6456.

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