Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau

Smiths Tropical Paradise hosts Kauai's most acclaimed luau

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau dinner buffet

The Smith Family Garden Luau feast - old family recipes and a full open bar

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau hula dancers

Rhythm of Aloha showcases the diverse cultural influences in Hawaii

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau Samoan fire knife dancer

Samoan fire knife dance - the highlight of the show & the best we have seen!

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau imu ceremony

Watch the pig being unearthed from the authentic imu pit

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau blowing conch shell

Blowing the conch shell signals the start of Smith's Family Luau

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau torch lighing

Tiki torches light up the lagoon by the open air "Pele Amphitheater"

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau hula dancer

The lyrical sway of a Hawaiian hula dancer wearing a real ti leaf skirt

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau Chinese lion

The Chinese Lion Dance - one of many cultural traditions

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau Japanese fan dance

The kimono fan dance and umbrella dance from Japan

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau Filipino pole dance

Watch the tricky Filipino pole dance

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau Maori dancer

Maori poi ball dance from New Zealand at Smiths Luau

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau female dancers

Hula has evolved from the Kahiko (ancient) to the Awana (modern)

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau Tahitian dancers

The hips never stop in fast-moving Tahitian dances

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau Hula Kahiko

Colorful costumes and graceful hand gestures tell a story in a Hula Kahiko

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau male dancers

The kane (men) dance with power in the kahiku (ancient) tradition

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau bird of paradise

Birds of Paradise grace the garden setting along the Wailua River

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The Smith’s Tropical Paradise Luau festivities begin with a narrated tram garden tour. Stroll the meandering pathways, or enjoy lagoons teeming with fish, exotic peacocks, and more. Gather at the Imu Ceremony – the unearthing of the traditional pig – cooked to perfection in an underground oven. Enjoy cocktails and an international buffet while wonderful Hawaiian musicians entertain you throughout the dinner hour. The generous buffet includes kalua pig, teriyaki beef, adobo chicken, sweet sour mahimahi, garden isle greens, poi, three bean salad, jello, oriental fried rice, macaroni salad, namasu salad, lomi salmon, assorted fresh fruits, assorted breads and butter, snowflake potatoes, sweet potatoes, hot vegetable of the day, coconut cake, haupia, rice pudding, coffee, punch, soft drinks, Mai Tais, beer, wine and a standard bar. At 8:00pm, the Rhythm of Aloha Show begins – with colorful, authentic performances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Philippines, New Zealand, China and Japan in the spacious open-air, torch-lit “Pele Amphitheater” (complete with erupting volcano!). Night blooming lilies open before your eyes as the performers immerse you in a colorful festival of dances, showcasing the lively ethnic groups that have come to call Hawaii home.

General Information
Smith’s Tropical Paradise Luau:   Along the Wailua River is the most beautiful tropical garden setting in Kauai. Check in early and you’ll have time to stroll through meandering pathways surrounded by tropical splendor. Enjoy lagoons teeming with fish while exotic peacocks roam around the orchard garden – with over twenty types of fruit.


In summertime  (June 1st – August 31st) the luau is offered 5 nights a week  (Monday through Friday).

In September, October, February, March, April and May it is held 4 nights a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday).

In November, December and January it is only available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Thursdays added on Thanksgiving and during Christmas week.

Reservations: A credit card number is required to guarantee a reservation with Smith’s Tropical Paradise Luau, but they do not charge you in advance. You pay for the luau when you check in at the entrance to their grounds.

Check In: Check in for Smiths Luau begins at 4:45pm

Duration: 4 hours

Directions: Take Hwy. 56 to the Wailua Marina State Park and drive all the way back to the parking area.

GPS:  3-5971 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, HI 96746 Click to view map

Included in the Luau: Garden tour, imu ceremony, full open bar, dinner buffet and the show.

What to Bring & Wear: Evening resort attire (one step up from what you’d wear to the beach)

Transportation: Available from Wailua and Kapaa only (please call us to arrange)

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

Luau & Fern Grotto Combo

Fern Grotto cruise

Fern Grotto Cruise - a gentle 2 mile journey up the Wailua river

Fern Grotto cruise in Wailua River

The Wailua River is Hawaii's only truly navigable waterway

Smith's Luau view of sleeping giant

Enjoy views Sleeping Giant and the lush tropical rainforest

Smith's Luau musicians

Musicians entertain with legends and songs of old Hawaii

Fern Grotto

The grotto's name comes from the ferns that gently hang along the cave

Fern Grotto wedding

The Fern Grotto is a popular spot to 'tie the knot'

Fern Grotto hula dancer

Hula dancers will teach you how to dance a hula

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Luau & Fern Grotto Combo: Consider combining this luau with the 3:30pm Wailua River Cruise to the famed Fern Grotto, a geological wonder of Kauai. The cruise departs from the same property where the luau is held. Cruise the historic Wailua River, the only navigable waterway in all of Hawaii. As you travel up-stream towards the Fern Grotto, your local guide will tell ancient tales of the river while you enjoy live Hawaiian music and get a hula lesson on board the spacious open-air boat. The river’s fresh water pours down from Mt. Waialeale, one of the wettest spots on the Earth. When you arrive at the Fern Grotto you’ll marvel at the sight of ferns growing upside down from the roof of the cave as you are serenaded by some of Kauai’s best musicians.

General Information
Schedule: The trip to the Fern Grotto takes an hour and 20 minutes and the 3:30pm launch is timed perfectly for you to check in at the luau at the conclusion of your boat tour.


tahitian dancers
Diverse cultural influences in Hawaii
Hawaiian luau buffett
The Smith Family Garden Luau feast

CSmith's Tropical Paradise Luauruise Ship Passengers

Pride of America passengers can do the Smith Family Luau on Thursday evenings and this offers a great alternative to massive luaus booked directly with the ship! The cruise ship runs dozens of 55 passenger buses to luaus where you may end up VERY far away from the show with poor visibility. This luau is less expensive and has a great show!


For most other cruise ship passengers, the Maui Luaus work out the best for your itinerary. If you are extending your stay with extra days in Honolulu before or after your luau see Oahu Luaus.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Kauai is known as the “Garden Isle” so it only makes sense to attend a luau located in an environment that reflects the unique beauty of Kauai … that’s what makes the Smith’s Tropical Plantation such a great setting for a luau.

The show at Smiths is the most unique of any luau because they represent dancing from all the cultures that have come together to make up Hawaii as we know it today.  In addition to the traditional cultures you see at a luau (Hawaiian hula, dancing from Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand, Tonga), they also feature traditional dances from Japan and the Philippines – two countries that had large numbers of immigrants move here to work in the plantation fields.

It takes a lot of rain to create this lush beauty … don’t be surprised (or disappointed) if it is raining on the night you attend. My motto is “If you live in the rain forest, don’t complain when it rains.” This luau is very well set up to capitalize on the area’s tropical splendor while at the same time keeping guests dry if it rains. The luau buffet is held in an open-air covered pavilion, and the international pageant is held in an outdoor amphitheater with a roof over the seating area (sort of like a theater at Sea World). The show is held outdoors, and it feels like you are outdoors, but you won’t get wet.

Where you sit at this show really isn’t that important. The stage is very large and well designed to maximize the angle of viewing. What is important at this luau is WHERE YOU SIT WHILE YOU EAT DINNER! This is one of the strangest things we’ve ever written about a luau, but it’s good advice, so read this part carefully. There is some musical entertainment on a small stage in the luau pavilion, but you don’t want to sit close to that stage. The most important thing about your seating during dinner is to SIT CLOSE TO THE BAR. At the risk of sounding like a lush (which I am not), I advise you to sit close to the bar because Smiths has a rule (which they say is a Kauai county liquor law) that you are only allowed to carry one alcoholic drink at a time. Drinks aren’t very large, and if a husband wants to be a gentleman and get a drink for his wife, that means making two trips to the bar to get one drink for each of them. If you are seated a long ways from the bar you may find that the drink you walked over to get is half gone by the time you finally get back to your seat.

Just a reminder … our service is free; we don’t have hidden surcharges or ticketing fees. You can reserve your space using our reservation page; you pay for your seats when you check in at Smiths on the night of the luau.

If you are staying on the south shore and don’t want to drive to far for a luau, check out Sheraton Poipu Luau!