Toa Luau at Waimea Valley (North Shore)
Toa Luau at Waimea Valley is a unique experience in many ways. The main features that set it apart from other luaus on Oahu are:
- Unique location. The Waimea Valley is considered sacred to native Hawaiians and is a destination in and of itself. It’s located on Hawaii’s famed North Shore, just across the street from Waimea Beach, and is set on the grounds of a beautiful botanical garden that is home to many native Hawaiian plants and globally endangered tropical plants.
- Admission to the privately owned Waimea Valley is included. You can spend as much or as little time as you would like to explore the grounds, botanical gardens, and even swim beneath a waterfall (if conditions allow).
- Small, family run business. The luau itself is small, with usually under 200 guests in attendance, and the vibe is warm and welcoming. You will feel more like a guest than a customer, without having to sacrifice on quality when it comes to the food, entertainment, or service.
- Daytime luau option. Toa is the only luau on Oahu that offers an afternoon luau. The early option is perfect for families with small children or for those who don’t want to drive back to Waikiki late at night. The lunchtime luau option also makes it easier to coordinate with any other activities you may want to partake in while on the North Shore.
Give yourself at least two hours before the luau if you want to see the beach and hike to the waterfall for a swim in the refreshing pool. The luau begins with an umu cooking demonstration and other cultural activities such as weaving headbands, poi ball twirling, or husking coconuts. There is an onsite bar which offers a limited selection of tropical cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Admission includes one to three drinks, depending on which seating package you choose.
A traditional Hawaiian kava ceremony signals that it is time to feast.
Toa’s luau menu includes some traditional Hawaiian luau foods, such as slow roasted Kalua pork and Haupia (coconut pudding) plus other regional Hawaiian favorites like macaroni salad and Shoyu barbecue chicken. This is not a buffet; you will be served banquet-style at your table.
Both the dinner and the show are held in a covered, open-air pavilion that is protected from the elements. Seating is at large banquet tables and your proximity to the stage is dependent on the seating package that you choose.
After dinner there is a traditional Polynesian show featuring a drum ensemble and signature dance performances that represent the various islands of Polynesia, including Hawaiian hula, Tahitian rhythmic dancing, and a fiery Samoan fire-knife performance for the grand finale.
- Pupukea Green Salad - Mixed Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Candied Macadamia Nuts & Papaya Seed Dressing
- Island Macaroni Salad - Celery, Onion, Carrots, Deviled Egg Aioli & Smoked Chili Flakes
- Roasted Kalua Pork
- Lomi Tomato - Alaea Salt and Chili Pepper Water
- Grilled Shoyu BBQ Chicken - Chicken thighs, Shoyu, Green Onion, Sesame Seeds
- White Rice with Furikake
- Fresh Local Fruit
- House-Made Haupia - coconut pudding
- White cake - with coconut frosting
Know before you book:
- Dress Code is casual to aloha wear; swimsuits are not allowed. Lockers, restrooms and changing rooms are available if you want to swim before your luau.
- Guests 21 and over must present a picture ID to order or consume alcoholic beverages.
- SAME-DAY entrance to the valley is Included with your Toa luau purchase. So come early! Allow at least 2 hours before your luau check-in to explore Waimea valley. Have your luau confirmation ready. A printed hard copy or a screen shot on your device will do.
- Waimea valley is closed Mondays all year except Summer. Gates will open to luau guests only, at 30 minutes prior to luau check-in time.
Operating Hours and Schedule
Toa Lua operates four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please note: Waimea Falls and the Botanical Gardens are closed on Mondays (except during the summer months).
12:20 pm – Check-in
12:30 pm – Food Prep and Lawn Activities
12:50 pm - Umu Ceremony
1:15 pm – Kava Ceremony
1:30 pm – Luau Feast
2:15 pm – Polynesian Show with a Fire-Knife finale
3:30 pm – Aloha and Farewell
4:50 pm – Check-in
5:00 pm – Food Prep and Lawn Activities
5:20 pm - Umu Ceremony
5:45 pm – Kava Ceremony
6:00 pm – Luau Supper
6:45 pm – Polynesian Show with a Fire-Knife finale
8:00 pm – Aloha and Farewell