In my opinion, I think it's definitely worth planning to go to a luau party on your Hawaiian vacation.
Luausoffers traditional Polynesian and Hawaiian food that you might not find on a resort menu. While opinions differ, Paradise Cove is generally considered to be the best, then that of Germaine and then the Polynesian Cultural Center. All three are pretty good and you'll have a good time no matter which one you see.
If you're planning your first trip to Hawaii, I definitely suggest booking a luau. It's an easy way to get into Hawaiian culture. Some luaus allow you to bring a stroller so that your baby or toddler can sleep while you can enjoy the show. One of the most popular luaus on Big Island is the Luau Voyagers of the Pacific at the Royal Kona Resort.
In addition, some luaus include other Polynesian dances from New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga or even dances from Asia. So, since I run a travel site in Hawaii, I felt compelled to write a post explaining what a luau is (and what it isn't), describing what to expect, and showing some of the best luaus in Hawaii. In terms of performance and food, there really isn't a big difference in how good or bad it is between luaus, but here are some of the ones I would see again. So this time, with our children 3 years older than our last trip, I wanted to book a luau and see for ourselves if it was worth the money.
While most people think that luaus only include Hawaiian hula dances, it's actually quite rare that they only have Hawaiian dancing. However, it is becoming fashionable to offer smaller, more intimate luaus that focus on good food, quality hula dancing and lots of small group activities. Honestly, many luaus are aimed at tourists and feature cheesy jokes, mediocre dances and lots of alcohol. And since luaus parties can be canceled due to rain, it's good to have vacation days left in Hawaii in case you need to reschedule them.
Some luaus are mixed in potato salad (my favorite) and others have grated carrots, but otherwise it's mostly macaroni, mayonnaise and a little spices.