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“Very authentic.”

Smith Family Garden Luau
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Kauai Luau and Sunset Dinner
Ranked #2 of 5 Concerts & Shows in Lihue
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Willoughby, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very authentic.”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

Loved everything about this experience! The Smith family are warm, hospitable and very entertaining. The food was excellent and so was the entertainment! I am very sure this is the best luau in Kauai!

Visited June 2012
1 Thank shirleyfarroni1511
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Amazing what all your money gets you”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

So the cost seemed a little steep at first. But then, we went on a nature walk through the grounds, ate a scrumptious buffet, all you can drink(even alcoholic) and saw so many amazing dances, and heard so many stories.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank qrandee
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Beautiful Grounds, a bit contrived, but enjoyable nonetheless”
Reviewed June 13, 2012

The Garden grounds are truly beautiful with peacocks, birds, lakes, a tram ride, etc. The food is okay, but not great. The show is enjoyable and entertaining and gives you some perspective of how many cultures have influenced the growth and population of Hawaii. It is clearly a tourist attraction. It's portrayed as a "genuine Luau" and it clearly based upon one, but is is not like you were invited to an extended family of say 100 people to a big family picnic. It is very "cruise ship" contrived in that sense. Also, I didn't count, but considering there are 20 people at a table, there had to be 800 people or more at the dinner. They move it along reasonably well, but again it is a business with a flare of the original concept. I have no other way of describing it. It is worth going to if you are going to Hawaii, but again, it is a pure tourist attaction. Go early to see the grounds.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank Tom M
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West Liberty, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“20 year anniversary”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

Great night! They picked us up at our hotel,we got a beautiful shell necklace, Took a tour of the grounds the trees and flowers grounds in general were gorgeous! They explained how to get the pig ready and cooked we watched them dig it up!!Wonderful dinner buffet/dinner show. The luau was great more than we ever expected. Most of all free drinks all evening!!!! They drive you back to the hotel!! A must see/do Thanks Smith family you really made us feel as if we were at a family reunion we really felt like part of your family!!! Thanks for a great evening well worth it.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Brande H
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Denver, Colorado
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197 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Campy fun, but not a great luau”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

I don't normally write "negative reviews", read my contributions, and I don't mean to sound mean but this was really out there......Booked this luau based on reviews on Tripadvisor, and I guess it all depends on what you are wanting and looking for, but my husband and I have been to several other luau's on other islands and this is by far the worst, yet it was still fun in a campy, weird way.

You arrive at the grounds and are ushered in and taken by tram around the 30 acre property which are actually quite lovely. The only downside to the tram ride is the driver, while a very nice, friendly man, was rattling off names of every tree, plant, fauna, flora in the place. He was going so fast one could not hope to follow his dialogue and learn which tree or plant is what. But having said that, the grounds are lovely.

After disembarking the tram, you have about 30 to 40 minutes to wander about the grounds. It was fun to a point. There are several large peacocks roaming the grounds. It was disturbing to me to see the tourists provoking these lovely creatures, causing them to flare their beautiful plumes, anything for a great photo op I guess. I actually saw a young woman trying to grab one's plume to provoke it for a great picture, dear Lord.

One weird thing, don't mean to sound like an alcoholic, but any other luau I have been to you are offered a Mai Tai or something to drink upon arrival, not here, they made an announcement that said no drinks until after the "imu" or the ceremonial pig is served. Why? To keep liquor costs down I assume. You could however get a plastic cup of water.....I am out for the evening, paying good money, let's have some fun....water in a plastic cup for almost $100.00 a pop....wow....

On the positive, the food at the luau was actually really good for a buffet. The pork was cooked excellently and all the sides were great. Here's the nutty thing, they wouldn't serve alcohol until after the "imu", but when they announced the bar was open there was a mad rush and crush to get to the watered down, super sweet Mai Tai's. The floodgates opened and I thought people might fight to get their booze. It was crazy, and so unnecessary.... Okay, let's proceed to the show.

We all headed to the outdoor ampitheater where the show was done. Stadium style seating which was nice which gave maximum viewing for everyone. Show started off good, then went rapidly downhill in my and hubby's opinion. The show was like a high school musical. The talent was not great. The different countries represented took it down in our opinion. I want grass skirts and not kimono's from Japan, I wanted Hawaii, not New Zealand. Nothing against Japan and New Zealand, but when in Hawaii I want to see what you saw when you watched the opening segment of "Hawaii Five-0" back in 1970 with Jack Lord ("Book 'em Dano") with the girls in their grass skirts, moving like no person is able to move... The men performers were awful. I'm sorry, I said it outloud. Any other luau we have gone to the men are buff and look fierce, like warriors, these guys were in shirts from Hilo Hatties and bermuda shorts? What? They were trying, in fairness, but go to Paradise Cove on Oahu and then go to this luau and there is no comparison.

The worst was the fire dancer at the end, while quite sincere he dropped his fire batons at least 4-5 times and even set the stage a blaze, I am not kidding. Hubby and I had a great time laughing but I don't think this is what the Smith Family is intending. And we were not laughing from being drunk, no way will one get intoxicated at this luau.

In fairness, I think they have a lovely place and are quite sincere in trying to do a great job, but compared to other luaus we have gone to this was grade D.

Positive: Good for families with kids
Negative: little alcohol, little exposed skin.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank tamstrat
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