Voyagers of the Pacific Luau
With a rousing revue of traditional Hawaiian song and dance (including the spectacular Samoan fire knife ritual), an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring classic island fare, and a theatrical setting overlooking Kailua Bay, the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau offers an immersive introduction into Polynesian culture and cuisine.
The Voyagers of the Pacific Luau is hosted by the Royal Kona Resort four days a week, kicking off evenings with a spirited exhibition of historic island dance accompanied by the beating of Polynesian drums. Though the Royal Kona is a private resort, shows are open to the general public: choose stage-side VIP reserved seating or general admission tickets when booking.
During the show, guests can sample Hawaiian dishes like roasted pig steaming hot from the Imu (traditional underground oven), fresh fish, coconut rolls, and pineapple upside-down cake, as well as sip Mai Tais and soft drinks from the open bar. The luau is timed to coincide with the sunset over western-facing Kailua Bay, making it one of the most picturesque settings on the island.
Things to Know Before You Go
Discounted tickets and kid-friendly buffet options make this a great family activity.
The dinner menu includes vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options.
The luau is held outdoors from late afternoon until after sunset. Bring sunscreen, a light sweater, sunglasses, and a hat in summer; long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a sweater or light jacket are recommended in winter.
The outdoor venue is partially paved, so guests in wheelchairs should request seating on the paved patio when booking.
How to Get There
The luau is held on the grounds of the Royal Kona Resort on the western coast of Kauai near Kailua-Kona. There is no public transportation here; if you’re not a resort guest, you can book a shuttle service or arrive by ride-share, taxi, or rental car.
When to Get There
Doors open at 4:45pm. If you’ve booked general admission tickets, arrive on time to snag the best seats. Music and dancing kick off at 5pm, with the luau lasting roughly three hours. Luaus are held year-round, though during winter they’re slightly more relaxing as evening temperatures are much cooler.
The Samoan Fire Knife Ritual
The Samoan Fire Knife Ritual is a traditional dance rooted in the ailao, or knife dance. This pre-battle ritual features warriors twirling war knives to the sound of beating drums. Flames were added by the famed ailao performer Letuli Olo Misilagi in the 20th century. Today, the ritual is a luau staple and fire knife dance competitions are held throughout the Pacific, including during the annual World Fire Knife Dance Competition on Oahu.
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