Probably the most touristy thing that we did during our Hawaii trip (I say that, but let’s face it, anytime you go on vacation your trip is pretty much guaranteed to be filled with touristy things. Otherwise why are you going on vacation!), was a luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai. Before our trip most people, including my parents, told us that a luau was a waste of time and money because it’s not truly Hawaiian and the food isn’t that great. Well I’m here to tell you that while it is touristy, a luau during your Hawaiian trip is totally worth it, and something that you should try to do on your trip, especially the luau at the Sheraton Poipu on Kauai. And here are the reasons why!
You’ll Learn About Hawaiian Culture
The Hawaiian culture is very diverse because of it’s location in the Pacific Ocean. Multiple Pacific Islanderl, mainly the Polynesians, actually made their way to Hawaii and brought with them their culture, including the hula dance. While traditional hula is more about chants and having the dance moves portray those chants, the more Westernized hula incorporates more Western style of instruments that the dancers dance to.
With all of the different island cultures coming together on the island, it definitely makes for a wide array of styles of hula dance, and during your luau you will definitely see quite a few of those types. From traditional Hula, to Westernized Hula, to the Haka that the New Zealand All Blacks perform before every Rugby game, to even fire dancing. You will be entertained, I guarantee it!
You’re Surrounded By A Beautiful Setting
I’ll bet you that one of the reasons that you’re visiting Hawaii is because you want to escape to a beautiful and tropical setting, so why in the world would you want to spend your time eating indoors. A luau gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather and a beautiful setting as well.
The luau at the Sheraton Poipu Beach will definitely allow you to enjoy the a beautiful setting, but what’s even better is that you will be literally right on the beach. We enjoyed the cool salty breeze right off the ocean, the beautiful dancing, the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, and an amazing sunset to boot. You will definitely be happy that you chose to luau at the Sheraton Poipu!
Bottomless Mai Tais & Some Great Hawaiian Food
Besides beautiful dancing and music, I know that another reason that you’re deciding to attend a luau is to try some traditional Hawaiian food as well. The Luau at the Sheraton Poipu has all of the traditional Hawaiian food that you could want. From pineapple to poke to purple potatoes to Kalua pig to taro rolls and even poi, everybody will find something to eat while at the luau. And yes, Chris and I even ate some poi, even though it wasn’t our favorite we still gave it a try!
But even better than all of the food that you’re going to be eating at the luau, probably the most exciting thing you’ll be putting into your stomach is the bottomless mai tais that you’ll be able to drink while you’re enjoying the entertainment. If there’s one drink that you have to drink while on Hawaii, besides maybe a pina colada, it’s definitely a mai tai! The mai tai is the perfect fruity concoction with a side of rum that will make you feel relaxed and really enjoy the Hawaiian side of life!
While I definitely feel like the luau at the Sheraton Poipu was very touristy, Chris and I still really enjoyed our time at the luau. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting, the food and drinks were delicious, and I felt like we really got to learn more about the Hawaiian culture and the different aspects of hula. So if you feel like being a tourist on your vacation to Hawaii and learning a little bit more about the Hawaiian culture, definitely give the luau at the Sheraton Poipu a try! I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women for the first anniversary of Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World! Thanks for creating such a wonderful community of women! I’ve loved being a part of this linkup so much!
Do you like to do the touristy things on vacation? Have you ever attended a luau?
Other Hawaii Posts
My First Trip To Hawaii- Maui
My First Trip To Hawaii- The Big Island
10 Things I Learned While Visiting Hawaii
Hawaii In Instagram Photos
Which Hawaiian Islands Should You Visit?
How To Spend 9 Days Exploring Maui and Kauai
What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala
A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana
Where To Eat On Maui
An Early Morning Hike In Waimea Canyon
Zipline Kauai with Skyline Eco-Adventures
Exploring Kauai From The Air