5 Reasons Why We Love the KA WA’A Luau at Aulani and are Sure You Will Too


No visit to Hawaii and specifically to Aulani – A Disney Resort and Spa would be complete without a luau.  As you can expect, Disney pulls out all of the stops to make the KA WA’A Luau an evening that you’ll never forget.  So whether your debating about a visit to Aulani or you’re going but weren’t sure about the luau, here are 5 reasons why you’ll definitely want to make it the top of your Disney must-do list.

1. Fun Pre-Show Activities for Kids –  By the time you get to luau night, we promise your tiny travelers will be giddy with excitement.  That’s why you’ll want to be sure to head over to the luau from about 5:00 PM for a really fun range of pre-show activities.  Cast Members will be on hand to teach families traditional arts such as kapa printing, flower arranging and pa’i ai taro pounding.  Kids can also get a kakau temporary tattoo!

Aulani Luau

2. Moana! – Visitors to the KA WA’A Luau will be delighted when Moana makes a special appearance during the fun pre-show activities.  This opening ceremony pays homage to the incredible journey the Hawaiian people made across the ocean.

Aulani Luau

3. Incredible Island Eats –  Indulge in the taste of the islands with an impressive buffet that includes a carving station with suckling pig, prime rib,  and amazing local seafood. Guests will also find fresh salads, seasonally-sourced vegetables, decadent house-made desserts including haupia-coconut puddings and guava cakes as well as an abundance of tropical fruits.

Aulani Luau

Quick Tip: We found when visiting the luau the food was amazing but limited.  At other Disney buffets, we usually go up for a small plate and when that is done go up again etc.  However, our advice is to pile plates high the first time you visit the buffet at Aulani.  On the night that we were there the buffet emptied out pretty quickly.  By the time we decided to go up for a second visit most of the items we wanted to try were already gone.  Now, this may have just been a busy night but if you see something you want to try, grab it on the first go.

4. Kids Buffet – Though the amazing Hawaiian dishes will be a must try for many of the adults attending the luau, Disney also knows from experience that kids will still want their tried and true favorites.   The buffet also consists of a special  Keiki (or kids) section.  Here kids will be able to indulge in dishes like Mickey-shaped pasta, macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders and more.


Aulani Luau

5. A Celebration of Hawaiian Culture and Storytelling –  The performance itself takes guests on an exhilarating and enchanting journey through Hawaiian history.  Visitors will learn about canoe exploration which brought the first ancient explorers to the shores of Ko Olina.   You’ll learn about Oahu, the legend of the demigod Maui and see first hand traditional Hawaiian dance, including hula kahiko and modern hula ‘auana.

Get a taste of the performance below:

Performances are usually held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 5pm. For those looking to attend this festive celebration, reservations should be made in advance by calling 808.674.6320 between 7am and 4:30pm HST or online.  The to cost to attend is $169 per adult or $109 per child (ages 3-9) for those wanting VIP seating. Those on the VIP packages receive complimentary beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and an enchanted welcome lei.   General admission will set you back $129 per adult and $79 per child (ages 3-9).

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