In the heart of Hanalei on the enchanting island of Kauai, the Tahiti Nui Luau offers an unforgettable journey into the vibrant traditions and rich cultural heritage of Hawaii. The Tahiti Nui, a beloved establishment since 1963, has long been a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, capturing the true spirit of aloha. Its luau is a testament to this legacy, blending the beauty of Hawaiian music, dance, and cuisine into a mesmerizing experience.

As the sun begins to set over the lush landscapes of Kauai, guests are welcomed to the open-air pavilion of the Tahiti Nui. The evening air is filled with the fragrant scent of tropical flowers, and the gentle breeze carries the melodies of live Hawaiian music. The setting, under the canopy of a sprawling mango tree, creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for an evening of celebration.

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The luau begins with the traditional imu ceremony, a deeply rooted Hawaiian custom where a whole pig, the Kalua Pua’a, is unearthed from an underground oven. This ritual, performed with great reverence, symbolizes the island’s connection to the land and its bounty. Guests gather around to witness this age-old tradition, gaining a deeper appreciation for the island’s culinary heritage.

Following the imu ceremony, an abundant buffet awaits, offering a feast of traditional island fare. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients from Kauai farms are transformed into a variety of delectable dishes. Guests can savor the flavors of succulent roasted pig, fresh fish, taro, and an array of tropical fruits and salads, all while enjoying the complimentary tropical cocktails, beer, and wine from the open bar.

The highlight of the evening is the spectacular dinner show, a tribute to the legendary Aunty Louise, who made luau night at the Tahiti Nui a cherished tradition. Talented local performers bring the epic tale of “Kalamaku” to life through captivating hula dances, enchanting music, and vibrant costumes. The story chronicles an epic sea voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii, celebrating the bravery and spirit of the ancient Polynesians. The performance reaches its climax with a dazzling fire knife dance, leaving the audience in awe.

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Throughout the evening, the essence of Hanalei and the spirit of Aunty Louise are palpable. The Tahiti Nui Luau is more than just a show; it is a celebration of community, heritage, and the enduring aloha spirit. Guests find themselves not merely spectators, but part of a larger family, sharing in the joy and traditions that define Kauai.

Whether you are a longtime resident or a first-time visitor, the Tahiti Nui Luau offers a unique and immersive experience that captures the heart and soul of Hawaii. It is a night of music, dance, and culinary delights that creates lasting memories and a deeper connection to the island’s rich cultural tapestry. Join us every Tuesday and Wednesday night for the “Best of Hanalei” Luau, and become a part of the Tahiti Nui family.

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  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Schedule: Every Tuesday and Wednesday, 6pm – 8pm

Things You Need to Know

  • Check-in Time: 6pm
  • Location: Indoor family-style luau
  • Open Bar: Available for guests 21 and over (photo ID required)

Please Note: Seats are preassigned. If you are joining multiple parties, please specify the party’s name in the Special Occasion or Request section of your booking.

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