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Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

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

Start your evening with a fresh flower Lei greeting. Browse the wares at the craft fair of local artisans. Witness the unearthing of the pig from the imu. Discover the legend of Kalamakū with a thrilling theatrical performance. Enjoy local favorite dishes and drinks from the open bar. Sit down to a Luau buffet of poi (mashed starchy vegetables), Lomi lomi salmon, Kalua pork baked in the imu, and seasonal fish. Dig into teriyaki chicken, fresh fruits, salad, pineapple upside down cake, haupia (coconut pudding), and a banana crème tart. 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 a photo of 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. 

Oahu: Diamond Head Sunrise Hike with Acai Bowl

3. Oahu: Diamond Head Sunrise Hike with Acai Bowl

Enjoy an early morning hike to see the sunrise and taste local gourmet food. Start your day with a hike in Diamond Head, a volcanic cone famous for its crystal clusters, and finish up your tour with an acai bowl at a local hotspot. Meet your driver at your hotel and head to the trailhead to start your 30-minute hike. Take in views of Waikiki from the peak of your journey, enjoy 360-degree panoramic views, and watch the sunrise. After climbing the mountain, start your day in a healthy way with a mini acai bowl at Cafe Bogart's, a popular spot with locals, before returning to your hotel at around 9 AM.

Maui: Kahului Airport (OGG) Traditional Lei Greeting

4. 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.

From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

5. 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.

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.

Beauty and the Feast: a Circle Island Experience

7. 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.”

Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

8. Maui: Road to Hana Private Adventure Tour with Luxury SUV

Experience the reverse route to Hana in style aboard a luxury SUV and get access to pristine lands in comfort. Avoid excess traffic and discover the hidden gems Maui has to offer including waterfalls and spectacular beaches. You'll have a full panoramic glass sunroof to witness the beauty and also have the availability to keep all your devices charged at any seat. Your adventure can be fully customized with additional or fewer stops along the way. After a pickup from your accommodation, stop off at Safeway in Kahului to grab snacks for the day. Drive up through the rolling hills in Kula, passing by the Maui Winery in Ulapalakua. Journey through the untouched lands of Kaupo with several photo stops along the way. See historical churches in the backside of Maui over 150 years old. Stop off at Laulima Organic Farm where they focus on sustainability and you may indulge in the exotic fruits grown right from the property. Pass by the 7 Sacred pools or The Pools at Oheo at Haleakala National Park. See the awe-inspiring Wailua Falls with the potential opportunity to swim in a 97 Foot waterfall (weather permitting). Visit Auntie Virgie's botanical flower farm and see a genuine family supporting the local community. Go to Hamoa Beach, Hana Town, and Waianapanapa State Park to experience the crisp Black Sand Beach. Stop off at Pua'a Ka'a Falls and have one last opportunity to swim for the day. See Waikani Falls, and Keanae Point, and admire rainbow eucalyptus trees flourishing in the Painted Forest. Visit Ho'okipa Beach Park and witness the Hawaiian green sea turtle resting on the beach before returning to the starting point.

Kauai: Local Tastes Small Group Food Tour

9. Kauai: Local Tastes Small Group Food Tour

Let an expert show you the real Kauai on this tasting adventure through the island's unique and vibrant neighborhoods. Specially curated tours run daily from different sides of the island. Select the tour option that best suits your schedule, depending on the day you're looking to go, or the neighborhood you want to visit. Tour Options: Mondays and Tuesdays - North Shore Tour11:00 AM-3:00 PM Adventure through Kauai's famous North Shore to try local fruits, teas, grass-fed beef, and fresh-caught fish. Learn about Hawaiian food culture and meet the makers of some of Kauai's locally grown and raised food. Enjoy tastings on this North Shore adventure. For guests staying in Princeville, this is a convenient location for you to meet and explore the lush farms and restaurants on the North Shore. Wednesdays - South Shore Tour 12:45 PM-4:45 PM Savor the flavors of the Sunny South Shore on a full day of eating delicious bites and exploring what’s fresh and seasonal on the Garden Isle. Gain exclusive access to local upscale restaurants, learn about the history of Kauai's diverse cultures, and enjoy 6 tastings along the way. For guests staying in Poipu, this is the best tour for you. Thursdays - East Side Tour 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Explore Kauai's famous Royal Coconut Coast as you visit East Side's best farm-to-table restaurants. On this small-group tour, learn about Kauai's diverse foods, meet with local business owners, and enjoy 6 tastings along the way. For guests staying in Kapa'a, this is the perfect location for you to meet your local guide and experience delicious food on the East Side. Fridays - Hanapepe Old Town Tour 2:00 PM-5:15 PM Experience the food and fun of Hanapepe by joining this unique walking tour for a fun afternoon exploring the area on foot. Learn about the rich history of the historic town, the culture of Kauai, and the modern cuisines that are continuing to shape the people and the place today. On this food walking tour, savor 5 different tastings. After the tour, you end up right at the start of Hanapepe’s weekly Friday Art Night. Food stands, artists, and local craft makers line the street and make for a fantastic local experience. Saturdays - Downtown Lihue Tour 11:00 AM-2:00 PM Embark on a sustainable agriculture farm tour as you learn about Kauai's unique farm culture. On this Lihue Farm Tour, learn about the agricultural connection to food on the island. Kicking off at the Farm Bureau Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, have a chance to meet with local farmers and farm-to-table vendors first-hand in the market setting. After the market, continue on a culinary romp through the town of Lihue and taste farm-to-table restaurant cuisine, meet local chefs, visit Kauai’s best brewery, and more. Sunday - Hanalei Walking Tour (North Shore) Come down to Hanalei and taste the best of Hawaiian Food straight from the farmers. Learn how to eat Hawaiian food while visiting this little town. Select the day and tour that sparks your interest. Each Kauai food tour option offers a unique and incredible experience. When booking, please inform the local operator of any food allergies they should be aware of. All tours require you to drive your own vehicle. Guests will follow their guide to each destination along the food tour.

Oahu: Food and Sights Bus Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Hawaii

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 93 reviews

Johnny was a terrific guide for our tour of Oahu. Great information and a fun filled day. Highly recommend touring Oahu. Can’t say enough about this tour.

Very organized and everyone was friendly. Food was great and show was amazing! Adult kids said it was their favorite part of the trip!

Amazing and well worth doing. Chris takes you to wonderful waterfalls and great pictures as well.

It was an amazing experience overall. I really enjoyed the show and the story of kalamaku.

Such a fun and beautiful way to start our family vacation in Maui