The Best Lūʻau on Oʻahu is at the Polynesian Cultural Center
In this vast world of differences there are some things that can unite strangers from all walks of life. Marvelous music, delightful dancing, and fabulous food, to name a few. All of which are waiting for you to experience at the best lūʻau on Oʻahu.
“Food has, is and will always be part of every journey of mankind. Years of ritual, tradition and culture intersect at the family table, shaping future generations one plate at a time. Mahalo (thank you) for joining tonight’s celebratory lū‘au, bringing our motto of one ʻohana, sharing aloha full circle.”
-Felix Tai, Executive Chef at the Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center’s Aliʻi Lūʻau is a celebration you don’t want to miss. If you are looking for a full day of adventure and unforgettable experiences that lead up to a delicious meal and breathtaking show then this is the lūʻau for you.
Spend the day touring the vast cultures of Polynesia in our Island Villages, spanning 42 acres. Then, dine like royalty at the Aliʻi Lūʻau. Finish with great seats at HĀ: Breath of Life, the award winning show featuring life, love, and heart pounding displays of fire knife dancing, that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Aliʻi is the Hawaiian word designated for honored chiefs, leaders and royalty. The Center promises you a meal of royal proportions and treatment at their lūʻau and, in my opinion, they deliver!
Executive Chef, Felix Tai, has curated a selection of dishes that highlight the best of island tastes and freshness. A rich array of meats (fish, beef and pork), local fruits and vegetables, and side dishes ranging from traditional to modern. Top this all off with the “inventive and delectable desserts” section and you have a recipe for full stomachs and happy smiles.
Lūʻau Entertainment of Historical Proportions
The Ali’i Lūʻau Buffet features ‘Onipa‘a: A Celebration of Queen Liliuokalani. ‘Onipa’a, meaning steadfast, is a term used to honor, celebrate, and describe Queen Lili‘uokalani. The only sovereign queen and last reigning monarch of the beautiful Islands of Hawaiʻi. In her strength and love for her people one will find the true spirit of her motto “‘Onipa‘a.”
Queen Lydia Lili‘u Loloku Wewehi Kamaka‘eha or Queen Lili‘uokalani is considered not only to be an inspiring leader but also one of Hawai’i’s finest composers. The Center is proud to share remarkable stories from Her Majesty’s life, told through her own words, songs and original compositions.
The Aliʻi Lūʻau has it all!
At the best lūʻau on Oʻahu you will, of course, find a Hawaiian inspired menu that includes traditional favorites such as a whole imu pig. An imu is the traditional Hawaiian ground oven, variations of which exist throughout the Polynesian and Pacific Islands. This method is notably used to prepare the delicious whole roasted pig that is often the centerpiece of lūʻaus. In the early morning hours, an imu is built and used to dry age and steam a whole pig for 10 hours, to ensure the most tender and delicious meat for the Aliʻi Lūʻau.
This practice has been passed down through generations, and though it is not without modern influences, the preparation and utilization of the imu is only one of the ways the Center honors the long standing traditions of Polynesian cooking. Click here to watch as Chef Felix explains the process and his feelings on the honor of continuing this tradition.
Hula is an entire storytelling language performed with heart and skill by many throughout the Hawaiian islands. The Center is honored to have halau hula dancers at the Aliʻi Lūʻau. These displays of traditional hula pair beautifully with Queen Lili‘uokalani’s original compositions, to show her life story and honor her spirit and beliefs.
The venue is beautiful and covered, meaning rain or shine you can enjoy your meal in comfort. The table service is also real as the Center is committed to the environment of Hawaiʻi and pride themselves on being as plastic free as possible.
The People Have Spoken!
The Aliʻi Lūʻau has been voted “Hawaii’s Best” presented by Star-Advertiser 12 years running and is a 6 time winner of “Reader’s Choice” in Hawaii Magazine. It is also a 4 time winner of the coveted Kahili Most Authentic Luau award.
A Whole New Experience
In its beautifully renovated space, the lūʻau presents a new show, new menu, and new seating arrangements. Where before the space had exclusively long tables that sat multiple parties tables are now arranged so that parties can sit separately. There is also a new signature complimentary drink, a virgin Pina Colada served in a pineapple.
Included With Your Lūʻau Package
There are two lūʻau packages offered, each with numerous benefits to ensure your best adventure on the island:
Super Ambassador Lūʻau Package
The Center’s top tier, the Super Ambassador Package, includes the lūʻau and platinum level seating at HĀ: Breath of Life, the Center’s breathtaking evening show. This package also includes free entry to and a personal tour of the Center’s Island Villages. This tour is for your party alone and is led by one of our knowledgeable tour guides. But there is still so much more. Read a full list of the benefits offered by this package.
Aliʻi Lūʻau Package
The Center’s Aliʻi Lūʻau Package, includes the lūʻau and gold level seating at HĀ: Breath of Life. This package also includes free entry to and a guided group tour of the Center’s Island Villages led by one of our knowledgeable tour guides. The link provides a full list of the benefits offered by this package.
Book your experience today and enjoy the Aliʻi (Royal) treatment at the best lūʻau on Oʻahu.
*This is a highly valued and unforgettable experience for many. Be sure to book now as tickets sell out quickly!*