best luau in Kauai
Will be in Kauai in mid-December, staying at a hotel on the east side of the island, will have a rental car. We're looking for luau with REALLY GOOD FOOD, and most importantly, the roasted suckling pig. Anyone have recs? I found a few outdated posts from a few years ago, and more recent ones came from boardies who suggested "homemade" luaus. That's not an option since we're staying at a hotel.
Would prefer a luau NOT at on a hotel property, unless it really is the best on the island.
We just got back from Kauai, and had the luau at the Grand Hyatt in Poipu. It wasn't cheap ($94) but I would give it a thumbs up if you're looking for a luau. Food and drinks were good, and the show was pleasant and satisfying. It's a rather laid back experience, none of the wildly twitching butts I remember from "Mutiny on the Bounty". Ours was located in the pretty garden area. I understand that if the weather is bad, they have in indoors, which isn't as nice, so just check the weather report.
Personally, I would choose whichever luau is closer to you. There can't be a huge difference among them, and it's not worth a long drive, in my opinion. We were able to get a reservation at the Hyatt at the last minute, when the other luaus were sold out.
Commercial luaus are not noted for "REALLY GOOD FOOD" and they don't do "roasted suckling pig", they have Kalua pig done in imus usually.
If I had to pick one, it would be the Smith Family Luau over the Grand Hyatt. Smith's is good and there is no need to drive all the way to Poipu for a luau.
IMO the best luau is Luau Kalamaku at Gaylord's. They do the pig, provided by Imu Hut. The show is really well done and draws you in and the food is decent...I think the food at luau's are pretty much consistent across the board, although Kalamaku was missing the haupia, which was a disappointment to my local friends! I would say second best would be Smith's, which was a little more traditional. The Hyatt's luau is okay, not my favorite and I have not seen the new Sheraton luau- they completely re did it after the renovations were complete.
I have never put good food and luau together..
I've been to the one at the Grand Hyatt Kauai that was lovely but it was comped so I have no idea on price.
Smith family luau is popular.
I would eat at Red Salt in Poipu and go crash the luau at Grand Hyatt..
St. Regis hotel in Princeville would have a decent luau..big $$