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Tahiti Nui - Luau

Tahiti Nui - Luau Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thenui.com/
  • Phone: (808) 826-6277
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday LUAU: 5:00pm check in with Mai Tais on the house until 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaii Regional Cuisine
  • Executive Chef: Miguel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Tahiti Nui - Luau
"Luau night" was always Aunty Louise's favorite night of the week to entertain all "her friends". Our Family Luau is back on, every Wednesday night just like before. Check in at 5pm, Mai Tais on the house until 7pm. Cost is $75 per person for adults and $35 - $45 for children depending on age. Ask about our senior & other discounts. Come enjoy open buffet & our wonderful dinner show!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a fun night at the Tahiti Nui Luau. The food was great and it felt like we were family friends invited to a party. We loved the way that we were introduced to the luau festivities and asked to join in. I loved the family owned vibe and the way they shared their story with us."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "One of the hidden treasures of the island! The food was exceptional and the staff is fantastic. Will be back next visit to Kauai."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Fun, family atmosphere. Great food. Smaller, less commercial luau."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Tahiti Nui is a great place, and the luau food was great, but there were big problems with the sound that ruined the experience for us. The sound system was much too loud and the sound mix for the first (modern) Hawaian band was a big distraction. Some of the musicians in the first band had no idea what they were playing, which was unprofessional and disappointing. The traditional Hawaian band was much better and the dancers were excellent. But the excessive volume was still a distraction. Despite the wonderful food and general ambiance of Tahiti Nui, one would do well to pass on this luau and go to one of the more professional luaus on the island. The music does matter."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My family spent 9 days in Kauai staying in a rental condo in Princeville. We stayed very busy seeing all the wonderful sights of the island. Our favorite area by far was Hanalei Bay and Tahiti Nui. We had lunch there one day, dinner another day, drinks while enjoying the talented musicians (with an occasional hula dance too!). My family enjoyed the lua very much. The music was awesome! The dancers beautiful and graceful! The fire dance was incredible! And the food was delicious! This was our first lua and my family had a magical night at Tahiti Nui. The ambiance and feel of the Tahiti Nui is something we won't forget for a very long time. We'rehome now and wish we could go for a drive and visit our favorite place in Hawaii. Best Mai Tais!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Great, low profile Luau run by a polynesian family. Generous with included Mai Tai's. Guests included in roast pig ceremony. Staff and entertainers were all members of an extended family. For those tired of the large commercial production Luau's at hotels, this is a small, but fun family run production. Enjoyed by all present."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and a very authentic and traditional luau experience, with singing, dancing, and storytelling on the stage, in front of long banquet tables that created a very intimate and energetic room."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Best luau food I've ever had; organic & local. We sat at Table 4 so took a long time to eat is my only ding, but on the up side no one is rushed either. Mai Tai's we're AWESOME ;-). Entertainment was top notch. The very best part is that it is small & intimate. Very family like. Great environment for kids as they're free to dance with the entertainers all night if they want. Lovely venue & evening."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food was very good and the dancing was nice even if the set up was on a small scale. It was cute to see the very young girl trying to imitate her mother and the calm and smiling way the mother was showing her without direct correction. Cute."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Have been visiting Hanalei for decades, but never visited the Tahiti Nui. Our loss. This was a fine evening of good food and wonderful entertainers. Don't miss it."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We had a great time at Tahiti Nui, we were seated next to the windows which kept it cooler during the meal. The problem was that when the sun went down, the mosquitos came out. There were no screens on the open windows and my wife and two boys were almost eaten alive. At one point I looked down the length of our table, and everyone was either scratching or swatting a mosquito. We left before the show finished because the mosquitos were so bad. GET SOME WINDOWS SCREENS!!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Neat little Luau! If you've been to a big production luau. This luau in quiet Hanalei is unique!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Our family goes to this luau about once a year and are never disappointed! We feel like we are family members...the staff just pulls you in. The food is great, and we usually have dishes we have not tried before. It is not a big, flashy luau or one that you feel like part of a cattle herd going through dinner. Tahiti Nui is a small, intimate venue. We love it!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Love Tahiti Nui and now with their expanded "luau only" section it is even better. Small, intimate, owner involvement, great food, dancers, music, just want you want in a luau experience. If you want the huge big over-done hotel luau, stay away, if you want a nice intimate evening where you might even make friends with those other travelers at your table, then this is the place!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "reservation was cancelled due to weather and bridge closure....... no review done............ have not been to the restaurant yet...."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We love coming to this luau at least once a year. It is a great family run business, we like seeing the pig lifted out of the ground and the free Mai Tai's. The food selection is not big but everything was delicious. The music is a bit on the loud side. The dancers were good but the fire dancer presentation was a bit short."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed the family atmosphere at the dinner. All the servers and hosts were very welcoming to us. It was fun and interesting to see the pig uncovered, as the men explained how they prepared the pig for the cooking pit. I loved how all the traditional attire changed for each of the different songs(hulas?) ! The littlest girls were so darling. And behind the songs was a talented quartet of musicians playing and singing. The food was delicious with a large selection to please everyone. Best lomi ever! At the conclusion we held hands singing a song with aloha spirit. Although I didn't know the song the energy was awesome. We left feeling good, our bellies filled with food and our hearts with aloha kaiaun spirit!!!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We never had the chance to dine here, as they called us several hours before the luau and cancelled our reservation. At least they called, but it was a let down."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Would have loved to go but they cancelled the luau! Heard the luau was great!"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "The luau night at theTahiti Nui was one of the best nights of our two week vacation in Hanalei. Our party of 12 enjoyed the authentic Hawaiian luau eats and drinks. The best was the music and the dancers. Not Disneyland, just a real luau fun"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Our Luau was cancelled the day of the Luau. Too late to make another reservation somewhere else. No reason given, even after we checked the weekend before to make sure the Luau was still on. We stayed in Hanalei so the location would have been perfect for our party of 10."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "The Luau at Tahiti Nui is a scaled down affair compared to the productions put on a larger hotels and sites among the islands and that lends to the charm. Perhaps the one draw back is that the show is not in a beautiful outdoor setting with burning tiki lamps and all, but we had a wonderful time and the experience seemed more intimate because of the setting."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "I've been to many Luau's over the years and they have all been these big extravaganzas. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed all of them, but the Tahiti Nui Luau was the first small very family oriented Luau. I recommend their Luau very highly. A 5 star for sure. I'll definitely be going back."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "We have been going to this family-style, intimate, no frills but real local, homey small-town luau for almost 30 years, and we look forward to it every time. Great hula, good music fresh food--guests even gather around the outdoor imu to see the roasted pig come out of the smoky pit and get fresh bites of the hot pork before going back inside for dinner and the show. The next- door bar is famous as the gathering place of sailboat skippers who are just finishing the single-handed TransPac race. On Kaua'i's North Shore? You gotta go!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "An enjoyable old-style, family-friendly Hawaiian luau. The evening began with free-flowing Mai Tais. Then Christian and his son did a wonderful job of unveiling and presenting the traditionally cooked pig, and it (and all the rest of the plentiful meal) was delicious. The entertainment was a family affair, with sons and nephews and nieces and cousins all involved as intstrumentalists and dancers. All in all, a memorable and enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "We have been to Kauai 4 times. Each of our other trips we have enjoyed the experience if the larger luau. This time we wanted a different experience. We found it. The mai tais were good and they are generous with them. The room is small and is comfortable. Good view from all seats. The food was excellent. Once again generous. The dancers were awesome. No frills just great dancing. Li ve the family feel at this luau. Would recommend to all for a different experience. Great for those who have already attended larger venue. We will be back."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "The Wednesday night luau was an experience no one should be without when visiting Hanalei. The ambiance was energetic, the Mai tai's were the best and the show was great to watch."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "As the lava-lava clad staff pull the pig out of the Imu, Tahiti Nui owner Christian Marsden explains how to pick rocks for the imu pit so that they will not explode and talks about how to prepare the pig, sweet potatoes in Ti leaves for the underground oven. The Luau includes among other dishes, lomi salmon, poisson cru, chicken long rice, fish, poi and succulent port. The hula halau and musicians are stellar bringing ancient and modern hula to light along with Tahitian dances culminating in a spectacular fire dance. The audience is treated like part of the ohana and is encouraged to learn a hula and mele. Done in true local style this is an event that folks of all ages can enjoy and should."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "We arrived and were immediately handed a Mai tai...good start! ide we went through a buffet with salad & homemade papaya dressing, lomi lomi salmon, fresh fish, grilled chicken, garlic bread and of course the Kalua pork. There were many more dishes and all were delicious! Fresh fruits and deserts. Then we had entertainment, dancers did Tahitian and Hawaiian dances and a fire dancer who was exciting to watch. This is the best luau I've ever been to on any of the islands and it felt so authentic. The staff was so accommodating."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "An authentic Luau. If you do only one, do this one."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "We were looking for a small luau rather than the 1,000+ venues and this was just what we had hoped it would be. My wife and I felt like family and the entertainment was first class as was the food and drink. The service was excellent, the setting perfect, and it just felt good. Thanks for taking the time to put on such a great luau."
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "Listen to Christian Marsden give the history of Tahiti Nui (his mother Louise started it in '63) while explaining how to pick the best rocks for the imu as he and his son take the pig out of the pit to ready for serving to the luau crowd. Succulent pig, long rice, chicken, fish, poi. lomi salmon and other delectable dishes along with the mai tai's make the stomach smile. The local hula halau and musicians are top notch. The performance includes lovely ancient and modern hula, amazing Tahitian dances including the fire dance.. It is down home and rustic in this little luau "hut". There is great interaction with the guests. It is Local style - as close to the real thing as one can get. Nothing staged or Hollywood...just REAL and FUN!"
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "We wet to Tahiti Nui for a luau because a friend said it would be a great option- both close and a lot of fun. They were totally right! We were staying in Princville and the Luau was right down the road, and a total blast!!"
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "I've been to many large scale hotel based luaus and this one is one of the best. We had a great time. The only weak point was the kalua pig, which was very dry. And they should offer more non-alcoholic drinks in the first hour. It's not fair to the non-drinkers to be offered only water or fruit punch while everyone gets mai-tais. The rest of the food is good."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "This is a Wednesday night event in Hanalei at Tahiti Nui. Doors open at 5:00 pm and Mai Tai drinks are on the house until 6:00 pm. Great traditional Luau with Kaluha Roasted Pig (fire starts 6:30 am and the pig gets buried at Noon... cooks for five hours!). Several delicious side dishes are lovingly prepared as accompaniments to this meal. Dessert and entertainment follow with traditional Kauai dancers displaying the various hula dances of this wonderful Island. Many guests have attended larger Luau events (500 to 1,000 guests) but the comments were favorable for this "family-style" low-key and medium-sized party. It's well worth the price of admission and you're treated well and the experience complements the splendor of Hanalei!"
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "Our family has visited Kauai annually for the past several years and we have enjoyed many of the events including the bigger Luaus on the island. This Luau is a more intimate setting without all the bells and whistles. We liked that it was closer to the north shore than other Luaus, it has a more authentic feel, the food is good and the show is shorter with just enough dancing to enjoy and not be overwhelmed. We did not like the small dining room and packed seating. The buffet style service was very slow and the price was a lot for the overall experience. We would recommend it only if you are looking for a smaller and more authentic Luau. If you want a big dance production and party atmosphere, this is not the Luau for you."
    Dined on 8/7/2013
  • "We attended their once a week luau as an alternative to the tourist trap luaus. 5pm check-in took forever and the restaurant crammed in far too many people at their 4 rows of long tables than could comfortably sit in their one room (no outdoor seating option) and getting out of one's seat was very difficult sitting in the middle of the table. The food itself was decent but I've had better at other luau's and local Hawaiian restaurants. Missing from the menu was lau-lau, but they had all of the other traditional foods. On the positive side, the imu ceremony added a personal touch as it included a story of the family and the evening entertainment (hula and Polynesian dancing) was exceptional."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "I can't remember to have eaten such poor, low-quality food, not even on a plane. Also the seating was as tight as on a plane, which of course did not add to ambiance. (This has nothing to do with the sociable idea of a luau if there is permanent body contact to your neighbors on both sides.) The only positive experience that night was the hula-show which was very entertaining and made up for the price."
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "It is a less commercialized and smaller luau than others on Kauai .There is no professional photographer to take a group photo for purchase at the end of the event. No lei greeting. And the only demonstration is an up close look at how the pig is cooked in the underground oven. The entertainment was very good with a smaller number of performers but equally talented as the other luaus I have attended. They performed on a small simple stage with no special lighting. I got the sense that this luau was closer to how luaus used to be in the old days, nothing fancy and more intimate. It is held indoors but in an open air room. Less expensive than the other luaus on the island too and mai tais are included. The food was simple but very good."
    Dined on 6/26/2013
  • "So glad they have their luau back! Definitely a family affair in food, service, and entertainment. Took my niece there for her first luau....and she loved it. Very up close and personal luau...AND very reasonably priced. Maholo Tahiti Nui!!! Aloha!"
    Dined on 6/12/2013