Children 3 and under enter free.
If you want to see a luau during your Kauai vacation, and are not staying at a resort that offers one, head to Smith’s. This is the most popular and well-established luau on the island, and while it draws quite the crowd, their crowd-management is excellent. The grounds are large, leaving plenty of room to roam the tropical gardens before eating. Get there right when it opens to make use of this time. Be sure to buy some bird feed for kids to throw to the many peacocks, ducks, and other birds on site. There are also goats, as well as a few structures such as a Japanese pagoda and mock historical dwellings from the islands, Fiji, and Tahiti.
After the ceremony that opens the luau where the roasted pig is dug out of the ground (not for kids who are sensitive to animals), the bar is opened and buffet dinner is served. This too, is done in orderly fashion, so you can relax with your family instead of rushing to get food. The fare was just ok for me, but others in our group loved it. You’re served a selection of meats, rice dishes, macaroni salad, poi, and many fresh fruits. There’s also a fish selection and desserts. The bar includes wine and beer, plus mai tais, but in fact, the bartender is happy to make other mixed drinks as well.
During dinner, we were entertained by dancers and a band, and the kids had a chance to get up on the stage and try a hula dance. Afterward, we were directed to the pretty outdoor amphitheater for the main luau show. This included many styles of dance and ceremony from the Pacific Islands, with lots of theatrical elements. It was very well done, and lasted about an hour and 15 minutes.
We went with four (2,4,6,8 year olds...) and had relatively NO problems!! They loved the tram ride around the park. They wanted to chase peacocks and wanted to touch donkeys but we convinced them that wasn't such a good idea!! There was enough variety in the luau that they all found something to eat. The show and dancers entertained them. Heads up for the fire crackers. The littlest traveler was startled. LOVE THIS PLACE!! Will drag all four back again this summer!!
Wow, don't miss this one. Make reservations ahead for the luau. Variety of Hawaiian foods, presentation to uncover the roasted pig under the sand, vast gardens by the river to walk around. Saw peacocks, tropical birds, etc. on our walk around the grounds. Got our picture taken as we entered, could purchase it after the show at the end of the evening. Wonderful show of Hawaiian dancing and song. Enjoy.
Tropical setting, hula dancers, roasting pig, tons of fun! We went to the Smith's Tropical Luau and it was a blast. We walked around the gardens and relaxed among the tropical flowers. The luau show was great and we loved how they incorporated other guests into the show- even though we were not one of them. :) I would recommend them. :)
Right next to the Wailua Marina are twenty-three riverfront acres with unusual birds, rain forest, and gardens. Smith’s Tropical Paradise is a well-maintained cultural and botanical feast for the senses. You can walk among a striking collection of exotic plants and feel as if you’re in the midst of a jungle.
On the grounds are a luau house and a theater; evening entertainment includes dinner, Hawaiian music, and a variety of South Pacific dances. A series of ethnic villages represents different local groups, including Polynesian, Filipino, and Japanese.
Visitors also can ride through the facility on a minitram for an additional fee of $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children. The evening luau and performance is held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and costs $78.00 for adults, $30.00 for children ages seven to thirteen, and $19.00 for children ages three to six. For just the show admission costs a discount applies. Reservations are necessary; call 821–6895.