Do Luaus Have Age Limits?
Hawaii is well known as a family-friendly destination. Sure, like anywhere else you’ll find adult-oriented establishments and activities, but most activities are geared for the whole family to enjoy. Even the tiniest of visitors love splashing around in the clear waters of the Pacific or staring up at the vibrant colors that surround them. So you might be wondering if a luau is on the list of family-friendly activities, and to that our reply is an enthusiastic yes!
Like many other things to see and do around the islands, luaus don’t exclude the younger members of the family. In fact, in most cases, there’s a discounted rate that encourages parents to bring their little ones along.
If you’re worried about your kid getting bored and making a fuss, it’s worth noting that most luaus have activities that cater to the little dears. Take the Diamond Head Luau on Oahu, for instance. In the shadow of the iconic Diamond Head Crater, you and your young ones are welcomed with a traditional flower lei, and then you can learn how to make one! Polynesian arts and crafts give your kids a hands-on activity that will keep them—and you—entertained while you wait to pounce on the delicious farm-to-table buffet.
Maybe your biggest concern is whether or not your keiki will enjoy what’s on the menu. Even if you have a picky eater, there’s bound to be something for them to enjoy. Getting them to eat the raw fish that is lomi lomi salmon may be a little tricky, but at Chief’s Luau, you should be able to entice them with tropical BBQ chicken, slow-cooked kalua pork, fresh pineapple, and plenty of other island treats. A luau is a great opportunity to introduce your little ones to new and delicious cuisines.
A luau often spans upwards of three hours, which can feel like a long time for some younger travelers, especially if they spent the day basking in the sun or exploring the island on a tour. But even the sleepiest of kids is bound to wake up when it’s time for the evening entertainment. Fire-knife dancers thrill the audience with their awe-inspiring skills. Hula performers engage the audience in dance that tells a story. At Rock-A-Hula, the show is a even more upbeat, and features a rock ‘n roll vibe that will perk anybody up, no matter how young—or old!
You might be hesitant about bringing your kid to a Hawaiian luau, but we say go for it! Let them experience yet another incredible piece of our wonderful tropical paradise. You never know, maybe they’ll leave with a taste for raw fish!