Do you want to take your Kauai travels up a notch and learn about real Polynesian culture in a fun and cost-effective way? Then you need to experience for yourself at least one night to the rhythm of Hawaiian music at a traditional hula show for free on Kauai. Hula dancers will tell you Hawaiian myths and ancient stories through their dance and graceful hand movements. It’s a 100% experience for free.
On Kauai’s East Coast, you can attend a free hula show hosted by Coconut Marketplace and even learn a thing or two yourself. The hour-long entertainment takes place in the outdoor amphitheater that forms the centerpiece of the marketplace. Leilani Rivera Low, an award-winning kumu hula (hula teacher), leads the dance performances here. Live Halau Hula ʻO Leilaniʼ performances can be seen here twice a week. They are suitable for adults and children. The entire hula show is accompanied by live music using traditional Hawaiian instruments. In addition, they offer half-hour lessons in Polynesian hula dance steps for only $25. Check out the Coconut Marketplace website for more info.
Every Wednesday & Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Poipu Shopping Village
Another place to enjoy free live luau is Poipu Shopping Village in the south of the island. Organizers promise an unforgettable journey through more than a thousand years of rich tradition. The star of the show is well-known Hawaiian musician Keola Worthington, who, in addition to singing, will share humorous stories or other Hawaiian tales from the past. A 30-minute performance inspired by Tahitian and Hawaiian culture will be performed by the award-winning gracious girls of the Hula School, Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina`ala.
Every Monday and Thursday at 5pm.
More hula shows on Kauai
If you want to experience a full-on hula show with a Hawaiian dinner and a breathtaking sunset, try one of the fee-based luaus on or off the island. On Kauai, you can visit the Luau Kalamaku, complete with fire poi ball twirlers and traditional fire knife dancing. Want to learn more about hula shows in other parts of the Hawaiian Islands? Here’s a list of the best ones on Oahu. Wear your holiday clothes and head to meet your once-in-a-lifetime authentic experience.