The Crater and the Party: Oahu’s Most Exclusive Luau
You’ve come to Hawaii for an authentic island experience and everywhere you look, there seems to be an opportunity to create another memory of paradise that will stick with you forever. One event that every visitor needs to experience is an authentic Hawaiian luau – one of the most culturally important activities the islands have to offer.
Oahu has no shortage of incredible authentic luaus, but there’s one that stands out among the myriad of options. The Diamond Head Luau expertly mixes Hawaiian culture with the natural awe of an ancient volcanic crater formed hundreds of thousands of years ago.
On the southern coast of Oahu, it’s impossible to miss Diamond Head. Located to the southeast of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, the crater has long played a role in the island’s history. From ancient Hawaiian temples to military bases, the crater has been used through the years for a variety of purposes.
The Diamond Head Luau
Today, Diamond Head provides a stunning backdrop for what’s considered Oahu’s most exclusive luau. The guest list is short, so be sure to get your name on it before you even leave for your vacation. Those who do get to enjoy the Diamond Head Luau are treated to an experience that showcases some of the most colorful aspects of Hawaiian culture, from the delicious spread of traditional and modern food for all to enjoy to the introduction to local customs like basket weaving, lei making, and hula lessons.
The Luau Experience
The moment you arrive you’re immersed in an incredible culture with a lei greeting – a warm Hawaiian welcome. The smaller group of guests lets you mingle with those around you while you wait for the festivities to truly begin. Once the night is kicked off, it’s an endless stream of locally inspired music, lots of expertly prepared food, and a healthy dose of Hawaiian culture.
Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to try ukulele lessons or receive a (temporary) Hawaiian tattoo. Beyond the food, the Diamond Head Luau is alive with Hawaiian and Polynesian entertainment, including hula dancers who showcase the customary Hawaiian dance.
The Diamond Head Luau is one of Oahu’s finest experiences; one that serves as an introduction to the Pacific influences that have made Hawaii into the paradise it is today.