Experience Kauai After Dark
During the day, a trip to Hawaii is all about soaking up the sun and indulging in various water sports. Once the sun begins to set however, there are many opportunities for learning about local culture through festivals and nightlife. One of the most popular introductions to Hawaiian culture is a luau. This traditional event includes food, music, and dancing — often timed perfectly with the setting sun. No trip to Kauai would be complete without attending this celebration of local culture. Savvy travelers will do a little research in advance to learn about the best Kauai luaus and nightlife. Here’s a list to get you started.
1. Luau Kalamaku
Located on the Kilohana Plantation, this is one of the best opportunities to experience the celebration of a luau in Kauai. Known as being one of the more thrilling options for luau on the island, visitors will experience dance, entertainment complete with fire tricks, and a lavish buffet. With separate prices for children and adults, this is a great choice for families who want to experience a luau. The spectacle begins at 5 p.m., meaning the sun will set during the celebration.
2. Smith Family Garden Luau
The Wailua Marine State Park is the location of the Smith Family Garden Luau. Here visitors will find a celebration of Hawaiian culture set in a 30-acre botanical garden. Famous for its open bar and refreshing Mai Tais, this luau begins with a tour of the gardens at 5 p.m. Guests then learn about traditional Hawaiian cooking methods as their evening meal is prepared. No luau would be complete without some music, and live musicians here create a festive atmosphere. Evening entertainment includes dancing and other performances, as well as an incredible buffet meal.
3. Hanalei Town
What Kauai is lacking in rowdy nightclub venues it makes up for in live music venues. This island is known for its live music performances and its delicate ukulele and jazz music. If you’re looking for an off the beaten path venue, check out the Hanalei Family Community Center. Here you will rub elbows with locals who come out to listen to the island’s most talented musicians play their traditional Hawaiian music. This is an event worth seeking out during your trip to Kauai.
4. Special Concerts and Events
You never know what sort of contest or special event will be planned during your upcoming vacation. There are all sorts of festivals, musical concerts, and competitions that spice up the regular nightlife scene in Kauai. Be sure to check the schedule before your departure. Examples of some regular events include guitar and ukulele concerts, dance performances, Polynesian festivals, outdoor theater, jazz festivals, and more. Many of these special events are perfect for the family, allowing you to enjoy some nightlife and bring the kids along on your trip too.
5. Aston Kauai Beach’s Makaiwa Luau
Another great place to experience the celebration of luau is Aston Kauai Beach’s Makaiwa Luau. Here you will enjoy dances from across Polynesia including Tahitian dances and the thrilling fire-knife dance. With a constantly changing program, there is a wide variety of dance, music, and cuisine you will encounter at this and many luaus across the island of Kauai.