Luaus have developed into a tourist attraction and something that just about every resort has their version of. Luaus arefeasts that are held in honor of special occasions and celebrations. The favorite dish served at these events gave the Luau the name: young and tender leaves of the taro plant were combined with chicken, baked in coconut milk and called luau.
The traditional luau feast was eaten on the floor with people sitting on mats. the feast consisted of poi, platters of meat and sweet potatoes, salt, dried fish or meat covered in leaves. Today's luau has an anything goes attitude with a variety of Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian dishes being served in a large buffet style setting. Usually these luaus are at resorts and consist of a dinner show with local dances and music.
We have experienced luaus on Oahu and Maui. It was something we felt we had to experience ourselves. The food was good and so was the entertainment but there is just too many people for my liking.
Who doesn't know what a Lu'au is? We've all seen them somewhere, whether it be TV or a movie. We've all seen the fire-knife dancer risk life and limb while doing his juggling or the beautiful dancers bending their bodies to the sound of local music. The Lu'aus are highly recommended and you'll usually get all you can eat and drink for a price (between 50-80 dollars per person). Be sure to reserve your spot in advance. I have to admit we didn't partake in this fancy show because we saw it 5 nights in a row from our hotel room. The best picture I have is from the very beginning while it was still day light out.