The Best Luau on Oahu 2019

You won't come away from your luau hungry

The Best Luau on Oahu 2019

You won't come away from this luau hungry!
You won’t come away from this luau hungry!

Vacationers in Hawaii are some of the greatest in the world. They tend to be among the most adventurous travelers around – they want to not only enjoy the sights and experience the thrills, they’re also more likely immerse themselves in the local culture. As the luau experts, we’re often asked what we think is the best luau on Oahu. Our beautiful island has many terrific luaus to choose from, so it’s never an easy question to answer. Some established luaus on Oahu come under new management, or change locations. These things can impact the overall experience—for better or worse—and affect how we rate them. What was a fantastic luau just a couple of years ago may have really declined, and another that was only so-so might have decided to invest in better food, entertainment, or even locale, and is now among the very best.

This is why we regularly visit all of the luaus on Oahu, and rate them for you. And every year, we decide on one luau that we feel stands above the rest. Don’t get us wrong, every luau we offer is great. We’re very selective, and there are many Oahu luaus that don’t meet our standards, which us why you don’t see every luau on our site.

If visions of hula dancers and the smell of roasting pork are the sum total of your knowledge about luaus, do we have a treat in store for you! Of course, virtually all luaus include traditional music and a tasty menu, but there is much more to look forward to. And you don’t have to go to the trouble of scouring the island of Oahu to find the best luau either. While you were sipping a mai tai on the beach, we were researching and comparing the features of the various Oahu luau experiences and rating them for you! We even made a nifty comparison chart so you can get an idea of the things we look for in a top-notch luau.

Luau Comparison Details

Enjoy a refreshing beverage…or two
Enjoy a refreshing beverage…or two

We know that every vacationer has different ideas as to what makes a great luau. For some, it may be a plentiful supply of cocktails. Refreshing! Other visitors are looking strictly at the menu, which we totally get. The food is certainly one of the headliners of these amazing events.

For our comparison, we looked at details that mean the most to visitors to Oahu. We found that luau attendees don’t simply want to watch a good show. They want to be included in the overall experience.

Here are some of the details we rate for each luau:

  • Entertainment – Is there an especially exciting fire knife dance? Is there audience participation?
  • Food and Beverages – How’s the fish? Is the poi tasty? What about adult drinks?
  • Miscellaneous – Is the luau set in a gorgeous location? Are the staff friendly and accommodating?

So Tell Us Already!

Chief Sielu Avea welcomes you!
Chief Sielu Avea welcomes you!

Based on our visits and evaluation of each luau, we believe that Chief’s Luau at Wet ‘N Wild is the overall best for 2019.

And don’t just take our word for it. Chief’s Luau at Wet ‘N Wild consistently receives rave reviews from visitors who were all thrilled with their experience. Visiting this luau gave us the same excitement that hundreds of other visitors had. Review sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp have also chimed in about Chief’s Luau, giving it their highest rating of any luau on Oahu.

Savvy travelers who book this adventure come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. Joining you for this evening of excitement will be newlywed couples, families, groups, and even fun-loving locals. It’s a party, after all!

Chief’s Luau Highlights

There are three categories to choose from, Aloha, Paradise, and Royal, each with its own features. These experiences also vary in pricing, so you pick the one that best fits your budget. Rest assured, though: whichever experience you go with, you’re going to have a blast!

Chief's Luau seating chart
Chief’s Luau seating chart

Aloha Experience

  • Shell lei greeting
  • Hawaiian luau buffet
  • 1 adult drink ticket
  • Seating in the Aloha section

Paradise Experience

  • Kukui nut lei greeting
  • Hawaiian luau buffet (second section to buffet)
  • 2 adult drink tickets
  • Seating in the Paradise section

Royal Experience

  • Fresh flower lei greeting
  • Mai tai greeting
  • 3 adult drink tickets
  • 6oz. grilled New York Strip
  • Hawaiian luau buffet (first section to buffet)
  • Seating in front Royal section
  • Special tastings, including kalua pig straight from the imu
  • Souvenir gift

What To Expect

Chief Sielu loves the keiki
Chief Sielu loves the keiki

Chief’s Luau is three hours of thrills and fantastic Hawaiian food. It’s like an elaborate family party, only this time you’re being hosted by a Polynesian superstar and his family! The original World Fire Knife Champion, Chief Sielu Avea goes all out to make everyone feel like family. He and his family love interacting with all of their guests, especially the keiki (kids).  From the moment you arrive, you’re immersed in a whole different culture. Learn how to weave palm leaves into a hat. Learn a few sweet hula moves. Learn to throw a spear like a Polynesian hunter. Get a Polynesian tattoo (temporary, but still awesome)!


Let’s Eat!

A true feast awaits you. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet including:

  • Mixed island greens
  • Diced pineapple
  • Taro assorted dinner rolls
  • Steamed white rice
  • Purple Okinawan sweet potatoes
  • Seasonal vegetable stir fry
  • Vegetarian Chow Mein
  • Slow-cooked kalua pork
  • Roasted tropical BBQ chicken
  • Sautéed Asian-style fish
  • Lomi Lomi salmon
  • Poi

Be sure to save a little room for some delicious pineapple cake!

Time for the Show!

Spectacular fire knife dance finale at the Chief's Luau
Spectacular fire knife dance finale at the Chief’s Luau

After you’ve filled your belly, sit back and enjoy what many consider to be the best Polynesian show in all of Hawaii. Chief Sielu is a hilarious emcee, leading a cast of performers in music, singing, and dance, culminating in the most spectacular fire knife display you’ll ever see!

There are many outstanding luaus on Oahu, but only one can be called “The Best.” For us, in 2019 that one is Chief’s Luau at Wet ‘n’ Wild.



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