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Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with an Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

1. Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with an Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

Dive into local culture with a Luau Kalamaku attraction ticket. Learn the legend of Kalamakū with a thrilling show. Admire craft and cultural demonstrations like learning the Lei greeting. Discover traditional cooking with an Imu ceremony. Enjoy authentic cuisine and drinks from the open bar. Start your evening with a fresh flower Lei greeting. Immerse yourself in local culture as you watch craft and cultural demonstrations. Feel the thrill of playing traditional Hawaiian games. Purchase a ticket for the train to the Kauaʻi Plantation Railway. Find out how to cook pork like a true Hawaiian during the Imu ceremony where the pork is cooked in a pit. Sit down to a Luau buffet of poi (mashed starchy vegetables), Lomi lomi salmon, Kalua pork baked in the imu, and yellow curry Ratatouille. Dig into teriyaki chicken, pan seared fish, fresh fruits, salad, warm rice pudding, and banana crème pie. After dinner, experience the the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamakū (“child of the new land). Watch the story of an epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kauaʻi on one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Through laughter, fear, seduction and fire, a new legacy is created, born from the cherished seeds of their ancestors. See fire poi balls and traditional fire knife dancing during the show. Have the chance to take photos with the cast at the end of the show.

Maui: Feast at Mokapu Farm-to-Table Luau in Wailea

2. Maui: Feast at Mokapu Farm-to-Table Luau in Wailea

Elevate your Hawaiian experience with Maui's most authentic luxury Luau at Andaz Maui Wailea Resort. Take part in a beautifully-curated cultural and culinary experience set among our iconic grassy lawn and the sandy shore of Mokapu beach. Take a journey into Polynesian history as your host regales you with the story of the arrival of the Polynesians in Maui. Learn about how ahupua'a was settled and gain insight into Hawaiian values. Marvel at Hula dancers and be thrilled by the fire dancers. Indulge in an ohana (family) style meal, beautifully plated and executed by the executive chef, Isaac Bancaco. Handcrafted cocktails personalized to your liking will also be available to enhance this culinary family style experience. Choose Classic seating if you'd like to be seated in the second row and beyond. Upgrade your party to Premium Seating for a truly VIP experience. Premium seats are located on the first row, with the best views of the luau. 

Maui: Kahului Airport (OGG) Traditional Lei Greeting

3. Maui: Kahului Airport (OGG) Traditional Lei Greeting

No matter the size of your party, you will receive a warm Hawaiian welcome to the island of Maui on arrival at Kahului Airport. Your local greeter will meet you at the baggage claim area and present you with the traditional Hawaiian lei of your choice. In addition, the greeter will help you find transportation or your connecting inter-island flight. You can ask the greeter to take a photo of your party to remember this momentous occasion. The lei greeters consider it an honor to be your first contact on the island. An airport lei greeting sets the tone for your stay in paradise – so don't miss your chance to experience this friendly tradition for yourself.

Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

4. Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

Light, local breakfast with a bottle of water: Leonard’s Malasadas served at iconic Halona Blowhole Lookout – 15-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders •Halona Blowhole Lookout – 10-minute stop. One of Oahu’s natural wonders. •Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm •Lunch at a North Shore Shrimp truck. Choose from any of their signature entrees: butter garlic shrimp / spicy garlic lemon shrimp / & coconut shrimp. Non-shrimp and vegetarian options available. LUNCH INCLUDED · Stop at and enjoy the delicacies of a local fruit stand ! · Waimea Valley beautiful and lush, swimming optional · Byodo-In Temple-set back against the Koolau Mountains, this is a replicia of a 900+ year old temple in Japan! •Visit historic Haleiwa Town: famous for surfing shopping and shave ice! Stroll the town and take in the North Shore ambiance and flavors- ask your guide his or her recommendations! •A stop at famous Matsumoto Shave ice- purchase optional •Dole Pineapple Plantation – A 30-minute stop, home of the original “Dole Whip.”

Allerton Garden: Small Group Tour

5. Allerton Garden: Small Group Tour

Embark on a relaxing and informative guided tour. Discover a tropical paradise with decades of history dating back to the 1800s. Allerton Garden extends along the banks of the Lawai Stream where the valley narrows before opening onto the coast past the Spouting Horn. Along the way, you might even encounter koi fish, large bullfrogs, chickens, and ducks. This picturesque setting has been used in a number of films and TV shows including Pirates of the Carribean, Magnum PI, Starsky and Hutch, and Donovan’s Reef. Trek through winding pathways and marvel at towering rainforest trees providing you shade from the warm Kauai sunshine. You can’t miss the tall curving roots of the Moreton Bay fig trees made famous in the movie Jurassic Park.  Walk through a grove of swaying golden bamboo, a flower garden, and tropical fruit trees nestled amongst bronze statues and water features. Here the focus is on landscape design but your guide will be sure to point out important species including varieties of palms, flowers, and gingers.

Oahu Hidden Gems & Waimea Botanical Garden/Waterfall tour

6. Oahu Hidden Gems & Waimea Botanical Garden/Waterfall tour

After being picked up in Waikiki, you will set off for a full day Oahu Island Tour with a local guide, who will take you through the history and culture of Hawaii while you visit some of its lesser-known gems. There will also be a special stop at the botanical gardens at Waimea Valley, which features dozens of distinct collections with flora from different parts of the world, including the Ogasawara Islands, Central and South America, Fiji, Guam, and the Mascarene Islands. Stroll through the Hawaiian collection and enjoy an assortment of plants found only in Hawaii, many of which are rare and endangered. There is a waterfall in the garden as well where you can swim, with lifeguards present. Guests must wear provided life jackets. The tour will also stop at nine additional locations throughout the day, including the Halona Blow Hole, Dole Pineapple Plantation, a Macadamia Nut Farm, and the north shore of Oahu. At the end of the day you will be saying "Mahalo" like a local, as you absorb the local views outside Waikiki and dine on local delicacies.

Oahu: Food and Sights Bus Tour

7. Oahu: Food and Sights Bus Tour

After traveling from Waikiki, begin your tour of Oahu with views of the southeast coast. Fuel up with the local favorite treat Leonard's Malasadas in Koko Marina. Here, enjoy the majestic views of Oahu’s Windward coastline and Ko’olau Mountain Range. Stop for lunch at Waiahole Poi Factory and sample traditional Hawaiian favorites like Kalua Pig, squid luau, and poi. Next, try the island's freshest macadamia nuts and Big Island coffee at the Macadamia Nut Farm. Next, enjoy views of ridge-lined Ko’olau cliffs at Kualoa Beach Park.  Try Hawaiian Kahuku-style garlic shrimp at Fumi’s in Kahuku, the birthplace of this savory style. See the shrimp ponds and collect organically grown mango and passion fruit at a nearby farm. Pass by Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay to enjoy prime sunset views. During the winter season, see thrilling waves. Enjoy fruit on the beach then head to a popular spot to see the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles coming ashore to sunbathe.  Continue your journey to the historic surf town of Haleiwa to check out the shops and art galleries. Finally, pay a spiritual visit to Balancing Stones State Monument.

From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

8. From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful saddle road to set the stage for the day overlooking mesmerizing views including a stop to view the famous Rainbow Falls. If the Twilight option is selected, you will stay in the Park past sunset to view the eruption's glow. From there your first stop will be the Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park. Discover all the “must-see” spots within the Park including the dramatically changed Halemaumau Crater. After immersing yourself in the magnanimous history and culture of Volcanoes National Park and enjoying your picnic lunch, you will be driven to Hawaii Forest and Trail's private lava tube, Kauhi Cavern. Explore this unique cave with ceilings as high as 35 feet, expansive rooms, bright golden walls, and an “upside-down” forest of roots hanging from the cave ceiling. Upon returning to the surface from the lava tube exploration, enjoy a light afternoon snack with your fellow travelers and guide while reflecting on your in-depth volcano experience.

Hawaii: Private Guided Van Tour

9. Hawaii: Private Guided Van Tour

Create your dream tour of Hawaii with a customizable tour. Pick and choose the sites that interest you the most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour. Benefit from convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. With your private van and the personalized attention of your driver-guide, enjoy the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests and take in the sights at your own pace. See famous sights such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (entrance fees to be paid on site), or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters like the waterfalls along the Hamakua Coast. This tour is perfect for solo travelers, couples, families, friends, and special interest groups. It can also be customized to meet the needs of guests with mobility limitations.

Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa Park, Island Circle Adventure

10. Oahu: Shark's Cove, Kualoa Park, Island Circle Adventure

Explore the Island of Oahu on a guided sightseeing tour. Go to the Halona Blowhole, try to spot a whale at the Makapu'u Lighthouse, and have a coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm. Enjoy lunch at Shark's Cove before snorkeling and swimming and finish off the day a the Pali Lookout. Arrive first at the Halona Blowhole, the famous filming spot for Pirates of the Caribbean, 50 First Dates, and From Here to Eternity. Head from there to Makapu'u Lighthouse. Capture spectacular views of the east shore and seasonal whale sightseeing. Sip on a cup of coffee at the Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm and try some local nutty treats and products. Arrive at Shark's Cove and take your pick for lunch from one of the food trucks. Lay on the beach, rent some snorkel gear, or just swim in the gentle waves. Finish off the adventure at the Pali Lookout. Take one more glance at the east shore, snap some photos, and return to your accommodation fulfilled from a great day in Oahu.

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What people are saying about Hawaii

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 93 reviews

From the pick up to the drop off this trip was incredible. So informative! It was actually nice to just sit back and enjoy the view and the rude to the many incredible sights. We made out way the dole plantation, hidden gems, the botanical gardens and the wiamea waterfall! So beautiful. Followed by lunch and then a nut farm, lol, a macadamia nut farm. I would do it all over again!

I would have liked more information about the time of the show. There is a lot of empty time after the required check in I could have used to take the train ride, but nobody I asked was able to explain that to me. The vendors had some great art pieces, but that was a lot of time for unexpected shopping time.

Highly recommend this activity! Felt special to have a traditional greeting. My husband thought this was something that everyone got to experience. It was definitely a nice touch. I'd spring for the rock lei instead of real flowers because it'll last far beyond the vacation.

This was a laid back tour with plenty of time to see the turtles and a cute town with lots of charm. Our tour guide Jose, was knowledgeable, easy going, and very patient with us older folks.

The show was excellent and so much history. The hosts were right there every time I wanted a drink. They were so friendly and helpful