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Best Luau?

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Best Luau?

Hello and thanks for your advice.

We are arriving in Kauai on the NCL Pride of America next Thursday. I know it is touristy, but I felt like going to a luau for the evening's entertainment. I am more interested in the show than the food, as I am on a restricted medical diet. Is there any luau or show that is not incredibly toursity? Which is the best, if possible? Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Best Luau?

Smith's is a good one that is relatively convenient to the port. Lu`au Kalamaku is a bit closer and caters to the cruise ship crowd, but it's more of a Polynesian revue, and it's huge.

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2. Re: Best Luau?

PZP is right on......for your first real island style luau presentation, Smiths is really the most popular.

You all are only going to be here for a day and a half, so you might check into Smiths and just do the show without the dinner.

If you were here longer, I would suggest going on the Luau Kalamaku as well, since it is a totally different experience and more of a production on the history and culture of the hawaiian islands. Maybe save that for the next trip.....your choice of course, but you can search both on the web and make your personal choice.

Edited: 14 October 2013, 17:18
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3. Re: Best Luau?

We went to the Smith family show and it was great! The weather was not but they made every attempt to keep us entertained and happy!

The show still went on in the pouring rain!

The food was good, great presentation, family history, Island history, beautiful gardens (arrive early to see the entire gardens!) and like I said the show was fantasic!

Enjoy your cruise, this is still our favorite trip!

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4. Re: Best Luau?

I have only been to Smith's and it was good. No complaints.

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