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Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau

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Address: Wailua Marina State Park, Hwy 56 North, Wailua, Kauai, HI
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+1 808-821-6895
08:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:00

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Great food, so so show

We had read everywhere that this is the best luau on Kauai. Well, we went to one at the Hilton on waikikiwhile the food was significantly better at Smith's, the show was a little... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 February 2017
Burlington, Canada
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this luau 23 years ago, a bit after Iniki. We had a wonderful time then and we had a great time last night. Suffice it to say, the crowds have increased since then. The food was outstanding though as well as the open bar, which truly IS open. Ask for wine where the soda bar is located, as... More 

Thank anthropomom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a great Luau if it is not your first one and you want see something different. I would recommend this Luau if you are over 60 years old. If you are young and want an authentic kind of Luau, o wouldn't recommend this place.

Thank Vivi M
Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

We had read everywhere that this is the best luau on Kauai. Well, we went to one at the Hilton on waikikiwhile the food was significantly better at Smith's, the show was a little tame. We still enjoyed it, but I think they need to step up their game on the show, especially with respect to the male dancers.

Thank SLT1962
The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed the whole experience. We booked the tickets with tranfer from our hotel there and back, which was great. The food was very good. Although there were a lot of people, it did not feel crowded. The show was also very nice. Would definitely recommend!

Thank Anne-Marie V
Tucson, Arizona
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We heard that Smith's is the best luau on Kauai, and it's true. The family and staff are most welcoming, the grounds are gorgeous and it never felt crowded, even in the dining hall. The ceremonies, music, food and dance are all authentically Hawaiian and expertly done. After watching the show we felt that we had a better understanding of... More 

Thank Susie780
Oregon City, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

The food was very good and the luau was nothing really extravagant or really story telling but we enjoyed the dancing and we felt we got a feeling of the different cultures that have influenced Kauai'.

Thank jefe8
Truckee, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We've been to several luau experiences in Hawaii with different people each time. This one was very enjoyable. The meal was similar to others, but it also included a guided tour around a tropical botanical garden. I thought the music and dancers were a bit more culturally aligned than some we've seen.

Thank Sue K
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

This is a nice luau in a nice location. You get a little tour of the gardens before dinner & show, then you get to see the imu ceremony before drinks & dinner. The buffet is plentiful & delicious. The pork is mouth watering tasty. But the chicken, fish, beef are also winners. There's lots of salads and bread as... More 

Thank mihskaelli
Sunrise, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We only bought tickets to the show, we didn't eat there. The show was ok. It was kind of long and boring for me. I was hoping it would have a little more flare. Luckily the tickets were cheap.

Thank Adam W
Pahrump, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Most wonderful place for going to an all inclusive Luau & Show! Great food with mahi mahi, kalua pork, teriyaki beef, chicken adobo, poi, variety of salads, sides and a beautiful dessert station! Ride the tram thru the beautiful gardens. Great Imu Ceremony. Entertained by Hawaiian singers during dinner! Wonderful dancers showcasing the cultural influences on Hawaii! You won't regret... More 

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