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Best luau on Kauai, set in a lush botanical garden with fantastic local food and open bar.
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Find out why Smith’s Luau was named “Best Luau on the Island” by The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed, 5th edition. What’s unique about this luau is its setting. Smith’s Luau is the only luau in Hawaii that is set in a botanical garden. Here you will be surrounded by 30 acres of lush landscapes in the sacred Wailua River Valley, which was once reserved for Hawaiian royalty. Enjoy lagoons teeming with a variety of fish and exotic peacocks and view over 20 types of tropical fruits in their orchard.
After your shell lei greeting, you will have time to stroll through their gardens or take a narrated tram tour. Later on you will witness the traditional imu ceremony, in which the kalua pig is unearthed from the underground oven. Afterward, enjoy a glass of wine, beer or Mai Tai tropical drink at the open bar while the Smith family entertains you with Hawaiian songs.
Then it is time for the pa‘ina, the luau feast. Sample authentic Hawaiian delicacies, such as lomi lomi salmon, fresh poi, kalua pig (from the imu ceremony), teriyaki beef, mahi mahi (island fish), chicken, Hawaiian sweet potato, garden isle greens, island fruits, macaroni salad, namasu salad and mouthwatering tropical desserts.
As the Smith’s say, food may be the heart of a luau, but music is the soul. After the feast, your evening will continue with the "Golden People of Hawaii Festival of Dances" show featuring Hawaiian hula, Tahitian drum dances, traditional dances from New Zealand, China, Japan, the Philippines and the exciting Samoan fire-knife dance. The show takes place in their spacious, torch-lit “Pele Amphitheater,” which even has an erupting volcano!
What to Know
February & October: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
June, July & August: Monday through Friday
November, December, & January: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Check in Time: 4:45pm.
Schedule of Events:* 5:00pm Garden Opens, 6:00pm Imu ceremony, 6:10pm Cocktails, Dinner & Music, 8:00pm International Pageant Show. *All events start 15 min earlier in mid-November through February.
Transportation: Roundtrip free transportation is available from Hotels and Condos in the Wailua area. In the months of February through October the Luau is available on the night the cruise ship is in port. We do offer roundtrip transportation for the Pride of America on Thursday nights for an additional fee per person. If you would like this option please choose cruise ship transportation option from below when checking out.
Smoking/non smoking? There is a designated smoking area.
Do you have wheel chair access? Yes.
What type of alcohol beers wines etc? Standard bar with beers,
wines and coolers.
What non alcoholic drinks do you have? Sodas and fruit punch.
What days of the week do you operate? During the summer- Monday
through Friday and during the winter Monday,Wednesday and Friday.
I am a vegetarian with a nut allergy, can you accommodate me? We
have lots of fruits and salads but please ask your server on advice regarding
What is your dress code? Casual.
What should I wear? Light cover should suffice.
Are slippers ok? Or are shoes required? Slippers are fine.
Is it outside or inside? It is under cover.
How long does it last? 4 hours.
When does it start? 4:45pm.
What time do we need to be there before it starts? 4:45pm.
What is the schedule of events? 5:00pm Garden Opens, 6:00pm Imu ceremony, 6:10pm Cocktails, Dinner & Music, 8:00pm International Pageant Show. *All events start 15 min earlier in mid-November through February.
Is there a dance/musical number? Yes.
Is transportation available? Yes.
Is parking available? Is parking convenient? At what cost? Do you validate
parking? Yes and it is free.
Do you have a gift shop? No.
Is there audience participation? No.
Should we bring bug repellent? Yes.
Are children under the age of 2 allowed? Children under 3 are free.
Are there plenty of bathrooms? Yes.
Is there Shopping nearby? No.
What if it is raining? Do you supply umbrellas, rain checks, refunds?
Its all under cover.
Does the luau represent many dances or just Hawaiian? It has many
Does it have Tahitian dancers? Yes.
Is there a place to store valuables? No.
Can I take pictures after the show? Yes.
Can I get autographs? Yes.
Are pictures available if I don't have a camera? Yes.
Security suggestions? Please don't bring valuables with you.
Location: WAILUA MARINA STATE PARK (LOCATED MAUKA, ON THE LIHUE SIDE OF THE
WAILUA RIVER BRIDGE.) Drive to the far end of the park.
From the North Shore (Princeville, Kilauea) and the Kapaa and Wailua areas,
drive South on Hwy. 56. Cross the Wailua River Bridge and then take an immediate
right turn into the Wailua marina State Park.
From the South Shore (Poipu, Waimea) and Lihue, Drive towards the Lihue Airport
and connect onto Hwy. 56, North ~ From the airport, drive 5 miles passing the
Wailua Golf Course and the Aloha Beach Resort. Turn left just prior to crossing
the Wailua River Bridge.
Book now our Smith's Luau & Grotto River Combo. For more information on the Smith's Fern Grotto River Tour click here.
** We recommend the 3:30pm boat time for the Luau & Grotto River Combo. It will get you back just in time to walk over to the luau.
Due to the popularity of this luau, please call us if you are planning on attending within the next 48 hrs to ensure availability.
Extended Luau Description [ show ]
(All times approximate and subject to change)
|| Shell lei greeting.
|| Light cover up, camera
||Valid ID Required for Alcoholic Drinks (21+)
||WAILUA MARINA STATE PARK (LOCATED MAUKA, ON THE LIHUE SIDE OF THE WAILUA RIVER BRIDGE.)
|Round-trip transportation, free parking available.
|| • Vegetarian options available with advance notice.
• Wheelchair accessible.
SMITH'S FAMILY GARDEN LUAU ON KAUAI
If you hear Kauai and Luau in the same sentence then it is most certainly followed by Smith Family Garden Luau. As the oldest and longest running luau on Kauai, Smith’s Luau has entertained locals and guests alike for over 50 years. Located along the Wailua River in the sacred Wailua River Valley near Kapaa, Smiths began as a family business to celebrate Hawaii's Aloha Spirit and still runs strong providing that goal to all who join in the experience through keeping it with the family. Four generations later, the Smith Family continues to keep the tradition alive with the luau and invites all to become part of their ohana.
There is so much more to Smiths than the luau feast, which of course includes kalua pig cooked in a traditional imu. You will most definitely want to start your Smith's Tropical Paradise experience off with the Fern River Grotto Cruise. For a small addition to the price of the luau—as you'll receive a discount with you do both—you can add an unforgettable trip up the Wailua River. Learn about local Hawaiian history as well as modern interesting facts regarding movies filmed in the area and so much more. With the wonderful scenery make sure to bring an extra memory chip for the Luau to come.
A short stroll across the parking lot and you'll reach the entrance to the Smith Tropical Garden Paradise. Start the evening events off with a narrated tram tour of the gardens or explore the meandering pathways of tropical vegetation at your own leisure. From exotic peacocks and endangered singing tree ducks to lagoons teeming with fish, there is still more to experience with more than 20 different fruit trees in the orchard. Not to mention the hundreds of tropical flowers and plants that fill the 30 acre botanical gardens.
Eventually find your way to the imu ceremony where the evening feast gets going. You will be greeted by a member of the Smith Family as they welcome you into their ohana. Witness the ancient tradition of Polynesian Imu cookery when the main course of the night, roasted kalua pig, is unearthed in front of your very eyes. Hurry to your seats as the heart of the luau or the pa‘ina, “feast,” is about to begin. No one will go hungry with the spread put our by the Smith Family Luau including teriyaki beef, ono mahimahi and chicken adobo as well as many other island favorites from poi to haupia. With the best luau food on Kauai, one might forget about the open bar. Yes, that's right—OPEN BAR! Make sure to enjoy all your favorite island drinks. Savor the food along with the live Hawaiian music that will make you wonder if there could be a better day in paradise. No party could be complete without a little participation from the guests on stage trying out hula moves up on stage.
Wind the evening down at Smith's International Pageant featuring thrilling entertainment in the torch-lit Lagoon Amphitheater held three nights a week at the Wailua River State Park. enjoy, as dancers from different Polynesian groups dances for your pleasure. Music is the soul at Smith's Luau. Hawaiians preserved their history through songs and chants called mele. Smiths Tropical Paradise Luau is a celebration of traditions of the Hawaiian Islands as well as songs and dances from other island cultures located in the Pacific Ocean. From the sway of the Hawaiian hula, the steady beat of the Tahitian drum dances and the fiery energy of the Samoan fire knife show all demonstrate profoundly the people who have come to claim Hawaii as a second home. Come and share in the Aloha with Kauai's own Smith Family.
Smith's Family Tropical Paradise Luau is the most popular Hawaii Activity located in Kauai that Honu Hawaii is proud to offer. Smith's Tropical Luau is fun and excitement for everyone in the family. Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau in Kauai is one of the Hawaii Activities that people of all ages won't want to miss. Honu Hawaii Activities is proud to offer great discounts on many Hawaii Activities, Smith's Family Luau in Kauai is one we love to share. If you are searching for a fun luau at the best price, look no further as Smith's Luau is a outstanding choice. Save and relish in a night of fun with the Smith Family at their award winning Luau on Kauai.
Smith Garden Luau Schedule
5:00pm Arrival: Welcome to paradise near the sacred Wailua River, a place that was anciently reserved for Hawaiian royalty. Receive your shell lei and either take a narrated tram tour or a leisurely stroll around the lush 30-acre gardens (last tram tour departs at 5:30pm)
6:00pm Imu Ceremony: Meet some of the Smith family members and learn of the Hawaiian cooking method called Kalua — where Kalua pig is wrapped in ti leaves and cooked to perfection in our earthen imu oven.
6:15pm Cocktails & Music: Open Bar! Enjoy favorite tropical drinks, beer, and wine at the open bar while the Smith family entertains with Hawaiian melodies. (Soft drinks and juice are also available.)
6:30pm Luau Feast: The music continues while you savor traditional flavors and island favorites including kalua pork, beef teriyaki, chicken adobo, and sweet-n-sour mahimahi. Try out local favorites like lomi salmon, fresh poi, Hawaiian sweet potato, mac salad, namasu salad and unbelievable tropical deserts!
8:00pm Rhythm of Aloha Show: Experience the best show on Kauai with authentic performances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Philippines, New Zealand, China and Japan in the spacious, open-air, torch-lit “Pele Amphitheater” (don't miss the erupting volcano!).
NOTE: November through February, schedule starts 15 minutes earlier.
SMITH FERN GROTTO WAILUA RIVER BOAT TOUR
Arrival at the landing includes a brief nature jaunt through a rain forest of native Hawaiian plants and colorful exotic plants leading up to the lush Fern Grotto. The Fern Grotto is considered a geological wonder that began its formation millions of years ago. Ferns grow upside down from the roof of the grotto. The Wailua River is best-known for being “the only navigable river” in all of the Hawaiian Islands. The river’s fresh water is provided by Mt. Wai‘ale‘ale, famous for being one of the wettest spots on earth.
Smith's notorious Wailua River cruise boats are power-driven with an ingenious rear-engine system invented by Walter Smith himself. The boats are open-air and provide amazing views from all sides during the entire ride upstream. The sacred capital of ancient Kauai and the birthplace of the island’s ali‘i, or royalty are located along the river edges.
Enjoy Songs and Legends of the Wailua River Valley as a part of the Smith Family Tradition. In 1946, Walter Smith, Sr. and his wife, Emily, began the family business as a small rowboat with a borrowed outboard motor. Generations later the Smith Family continues the tradition of sharing the local cultural heritage on the two mile river escapade. Enjoy songs and stories of ancient local Hawaiian culture including sacred Mount Kapu, the King’s Highway, and the First Hau Tree. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn the hula from a lesson taught by a youthful hula dancer. Make sure to share your new talent at the evenings luau feast when you will be able to hop on stage and show off your new moves.
The boat tour takes one hour and 20 minutes round-trip.
SMITHS TROPICAL PARADISE GARDENS
Located on the east side of Kauai or “The Coconut Coast, at the Wailua Marina State Park just off the main highway is the lavish 30-acre botanical and cultural garden. Smith's Tropical Gardens are a perfect way to experience some of earth's grander creations from vegetation to peacocks and many other birds flourishing in the lush surroundings
Meander over a mile of paths encircled by tropical delights you won't see back home. Take time to enjoy the relaxing, calming ambiance of the gardens, and you'll come to understand why the Smith's call their gardens paradise.
The Tropical Orchard has over 20 types of fruit from star fruit, jack fruit, macadamia nuts and soursop to bread fruit. Roam the Bamboo and Fruit forests or revel in the colorful attraction of the Flower Wheel and Flowering Tropicals areas. Ancient style Polynesian and Filipino huts are set up for an added cultural flare. The Japanese-themed garden island is a favorite spot for couples getting married in the paradise gardens.
You won't forget your time in Smith's Tropical Paradise!
THE LUAU FEAST
Enjoy the best food at any of the Kauai Luaus while listening to traditional Hawaiian music put on by members of the Smith Family. Make sure to make more than one trip—after all it is a buffet.
The Luau Menu: (subject to change)
Pupus: three bean salad, garden isle greens, macaroni salad, namasu salad, lomilomi salmon
Entrées: kalua pig, teriyaki beef, adobo chicken, sweet sour mahimahi, poi, snowflake potatoes, oriental fried rice, assorted taro breads and butter, along with hot vegetables of the day
Dessert: coconut cake, sweet potatoes, coconut haupia, rice pudding, assorted fresh fruits, and Jello
Open Bar: coffee, punch, soft drinks, Mai Tai, beer, wine, and standard bar beverages
Location: Kapaa on the Wailua River Marina State Park, East Kauai
Price includes all taxes and fees.