Top Choice Luau in Lihuʻe

Luau Kalamaku

Skip the same-old commercial luau and catch this dinner theater-in-the-round with a dash of Cirque du Soleil (think lithe dancers, flashy leotards and pyrotechnics) thrown in. The stage play about one family’s epic …
Cinema in Waimea

Waimea Theater

This art-deco movie theater is the place for a rainy day or for an early-evening reprieve from sun and sea. Kauaʻi is a little behind with new releases and schedules are erratic, but since this is one of only two fu…
Cinema in Lihuʻe

Kukui Grove Cinema 4

Standard fourplex shows mainstream first-run Hollywood movies.
Live Music in Lihuʻe

Kauaʻi Concert Association

Stages the annual Red Clay Jazz Festivals and classical, jazz and world-music concerts at the Kauaʻi Community College (KCC) Performing Arts Center, where past performers include Berklee College of Music and the Har…
Live Music in Wailua

Trees Lounge

For those seeking a live-music fix, this venue hosts two happy hours most nights. Headliner acts range from melt-your-face-off rock to mellow acoustic, jazz and traditional Hawaiian sounds. Occasionally a DJ spins. …
Live Music in Hanalei

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concerts

Slack key guitar and ukulele concerts are performed by longtime musicians Doug and Sandy McMaster year-round in a refreshingly informal atmosphere.
Luau in Poʻipu

ʻAuliʻi Luau

The Sheraton's luau banks on its oceanfront setting. The Polynesian revue and dinner buffet are both pretty standard. Beware: the jokester emcee demands audience participation. When it rains, the luau happens in a h…
Luau in Poʻipu

Havaiki Nui Luau

The Havaiki Nui Luau is a well-oiled pan-Polynesian production befitting the Grand Hyatt's beachfront setting. But the price is too steep, especially when the show takes place indoors instead of outside in the resor…
Dance in Wailua

Coconut Marketplace Hula Show

While touristy, the Coconut Marketplace’s free hula show is nevertheless fun and features Leilani Rivera Low and her hula halau (school). She’s the daughter of famous Coco Palms entertainer Larry Rivera, who occasio…
Luau in Wailua

Smith's Garden Luau

It's a Kauaʻi institution, attracting droves of tourists yet run with aloha spirit by four generations at the family's riverside gardens. Surprisingly, the highlight is the buffet food, including a roasted pig unear…