Experience a traditional Hawaiian luau on the Big Island's gorgeous Kohala coast. Start with a delicious meal that features Hawaiian and Polynesian dishes like kalua pork, fresh seafood, salads, tropical fruits and delicious desserts ... More info ›
Experience a traditional Hawaiian luau on the Big Island's gorgeous Kohala coast. Start with a delicious meal that features Hawaiian and Polynesian dishes like kalua pork, fresh seafood, salads, tropical fruits and delicious desserts. Then enjoy a dance performance that tells the story of Hawaii’s Polynesian ancestors and their incredible voyages throughout the Pacific. This evening of Hawaiian food and culture is suitable for all ages, from couples on honeymoon to friends and families on vacation.
Make your own way along the Kohala Coast, which is known for spectacular scenery of lava fields and lush tropical greenery. When you reach the Fairmont Orchid, head to the check-in for your luau where your hosts welcome you with a lei and tropical drink.
After you are shown to your table, you can observe demonstrations of traditional arts such as basket weaving or hula dancing with several hands-on options that are great for kids.
Your meal is served family-style on platters and includes a scrumptious sampling of Polynesian cuisines. You can try specialties such as kalua pork (Hawaiian-style pork roasted in an underground oven), papaya chicken, lomi-lomi salmon and a variety of seafood. Familiar favorites like mac and cheese or chicken fingers make the meal suitable for a range of palates (see sample menu under Itinerary below). Be sure to save room for warm Hawaiian chocolate pudding, Hawaiian honey cake and other mouth-watering desserts. Unlimited drinks are available from the open bar.
After a great meal, take in the show, which features the story of the ancient Polynesian settlement of the Pacific islands, including Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. Employing both traditional Polynesian choreography and modern dance, a variety of performers bring to life the legends and cultures of Hawaii’s ancestors in a breathtaking show that is both informative and entertaining.
Before your luau, you may want to arrive early and check out the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, located just a few minutes from the Fairmont Orchid. The 1.4-mile (2.25-km) round-trip walk leads to one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in the Hawaiian Islands. Sturdy shoes and plenty of water are recommended for the walk, which takes about 20 minutes one-way.