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Toa Luau at Waimea Valley

Explore Waimea Valley and then enjoy a small luau full of fun cultural activities, food, and a Polynesian show with an impressive fire-knife performance.

A woman greets Hawaiian Luau guests with a shell lei and answers questions.
An audience gathers in a circle around the courtyard at Toa Luau, Oahu.
Toa Luau is best known for their pre-dinner cultural activities
Guests learn how to twirl poi balls at Toa Luau, Waimea Valley, Oahu.
Fire-knife dancers perform at Toa luau.
Admission to Waimea Valley is included with Toa Luau
Hike to beautiful Waimea Falls, included with theToa Luau
A green river valley surrounded by foliage and a hut used for cultural education. Waimea Valley, Oahu, Hawaii
Beautiful tropical waterfall in Waimea Valley park on Oahu island
Waimea Valley Hale o Lono


    • Admission to Waimea Valley included
    • Located near Haleiwa, on Hawaii's North Shore
    • Polynesian show with spectacular fire-knife finale
    • Explore cultural sites & botanical garden
    • Swim under Waimea Falls (when in season)
    • Fresh flower lei
    • Kava ceremony & Imu demonstration
    • Cultural demonstrations & games
    • Hawaiian luau feast served tableside
    • Three seating packages available

Amenities & Add-ons

Cultural Activities/Games

Fresh Flower Leis

Professional photos


Fire Knife Dance


Imu Ceremony

Live Music

Food & Drink

Complimentary Drinks

Serves Alcohol

Table Service




Nature/Natural Surroundings

Toa Luau, the North Shore’s Hidden Gem

Toa Luau is a unique experience in many ways, but four main features set it apart from the other luaus on Oahu.

  • First is Toa’s unique location. Waimea Valley is a destination in and of itself. It’s located on Hawaii’s famed North Shore, across the street from the beach, set on the grounds of a beautiful botanical garden, on land considered sacred to native Hawaiians for generations.
  • Second is that it’s a small, family-owned and operated business and the luau itself is small (usually under 200 guests). You won’t have to sacrifice food, entertainment, or service quality and you’ll feel like more of a guest than a customer. 
  • Third, Toa is the only luau that offers a daytime seating option at 12:30 pm in addition to their evening show. This is perfect timing for families with small children or who don’t want to drive back to Waikiki late at night. It also allows for more flexibility when coordinating transportation or other North Shore activities.
  • Fourth, guests get FREE admission to the privately owned Waimea Valley. You can spend as much or as little time as you would like exploring the grounds and botanical gardens, and even take a swim beneath a waterfall!

A Brief History of Waimea Valley

Waimea Valley is an area rich in historic, cultural, and biological importance that was rescued from commercial development after years of misuse. Waimea Valley is what is known as an ‘ahupua’a’. It is a slice of land reaching from the mountains to the sea. It is a natural area rich in diversity and home to many species of rare or endangered plants and animals. The area is also commonly called the ‘valley of the priests’ as it was once the sacred home to ancient Hawaiian high priests.

Today Waimea Valley is owned and managed by a local non-profit, whose mission is to preserve and protect the natural spaces and its historic and cultural remnants. They maintain and oversee the gardens and the waterfall while providing free educational programs to the public. They also lease some of the pre-existing commercially developed areas to local Hawaiian businesses.

Exploring Waimea Falls and Botanical Garden

A full-day pass to the Waimea Valley is included with the luau reservation (a $25 value). The main trail to the waterfall is fully paved. It is a relatively easy 3/4 mile walk (one-way) that weaves through the botanical gardens. Visitors can take a golf cart shuttle to the waterfall and back for an extra fee. The waterfall is about 45 feet tall, which is modest by Hawaii standards. However, it is easy to access, swimming is allowed, and it has conveniences like changing rooms and lockers nearby.

Note: the waterfall may not be open for swimming if the water levels are too low.

The gates to the Waimea Valley are open from 9 am until 4 pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Plan to spend at least two hours before your scheduled luau if you would like to check out the waterfall. And longer yet if you are interested in spending more time in the botanical garden. There is a free guided botanical tour at 12:30 pm and a self-guided cultural tour that is available as well.  There is a snack bar and gift shop on site where you can buy snacks or have lunch. And there are changing rooms and restrooms for you to freshen up before your luau. You are also free to leave the area and come back later for your luau.

Pre-Dinner Activities

After check-in and a Lei welcome, the luau kicks off with an imu cooking demonstration and other cultural activities on the lawn. There are usually around five or six different activities to participate in or observe, such as weaving headbands, poi ball twirling, or husking coconuts. There is also an onsite bar, offering a limited selection of tropical cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks. As the activity hour draws to a close, a traditional Hawaiian kava ceremony signals that it is time to feast.

Hawaiian Luau Feast

Toa’s luau menu includes some traditional Hawaiian luau foods, such as slow-roasted Kalua pork and Haupia (coconut pudding) plus other regional Hawaiian favorites like macaroni salad and Shoyu barbecue chicken. Unlike most luaus, Toa serves guest banquet-style at their tables. does not have a self-service buffet. You will be given a bit of every dish to try, and your server will happily bring you seconds of anything that you would like.

The dinner and entertainment are held underneath in a covered, open-air pavilion that is protected from the elements.

Evening Performance

After dinner, enjoy an award-winning traditional Polynesian show featuring live music and signature performances. Each performance represents the various islands of Polynesia. You can expect Hawaiian hula, Tahitian rhythmic dancing, and dances from other Polynesian islands as well. And for the grand finale, a fiery Samoan fire-knife performance featuring multiple performers.

Seating Packages

Silver PackageIncludes a fresh flower lei, one (1) drink ticket, and Silver seating. (The silver area uses bar-height seats for a better view, but may not be ideal for elderly or young children).Book Now
Gold PackageIncludes a fresh flower lei, two (2) drink tickets, and Gold level seating (closer to the stage).Book Now
VIP PackageIncludes a fresh flower lei, three (3) drink tickets, and VIP-level seating closest to the stage.Book Now

Getting There

Toa Luau is located inside Waimea Valley at 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy Haleiwa, HI 96712. The entrance to Waimea Valley is directly across the road from Waimea Beach on the North Shore of Oahu. Allow yourself at least 2 hours before the luau starts to explore the valley and Waimea Falls.

Toa Luau does not offer transportation. Rideshares and taxis are generally not recommended if traveling from Waikiki, as they will be expensive and it will be hard to find a ride back to Waikiki at night.

Parking at Toa Luau

Free parking is available on site, though it can fill up during the afternoons. Additional parking is available at the beach lot across the street for a fee.

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Special Considerations

  • Dress Code is casual to aloha wear; swimsuits are not allowed at the luau. There are lockers, restrooms, and changing rooms available if you plan to go swimming before you attend the luau.
  • Anyone 21 and over must present a valid picture ID to consume alcohol.


Please Note:

Waimea Falls is dependent on rainfall. If visiting during a dry period it may not be flowing strongly and water levels in the basin below may be too low for swimming. Lifeguards determine if the area is safe for swimming each morning by 9 am. Life vests are required for swimming and are handed out at the entrance free of charge.

Menu items may be subject to change without prior notice.

Toa Luau reserves the right to cancel or modify the show for weather or safety-related issues.

Privacy Policy:

We will not sell, share, or in any way release your personal information to any unrelated third parties.

Refund Policy:

For bookings of 1-15 people, cancellation must be made 24 hours before the luau date to qualify for a full refund. For group bookings of 15-30 people, cancellation must be made 1 week before the luau date to qualify for a full refund. For group bookings 30+, cancellations must be made 1 month before the luau date to qualify for a full refund. Cancellations made outside of the above parameters and No Shows are non-refundable. Cancellations made by Toa Luau will receive a full refund.

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