We couldn’t decide between Smith’s Family Luau and Luau Kalamaku, so we did both!
Luau Kalamaku was a bit larger venue; stage is center of dining area; the train tour is optional for an additional fee; there was a crafts area for buying stuff; and the background band was a bit loud.
In regards to the food, The Teriyaki chicken was okay, and unfortunately was the star of an unspectacular culinary show. The “Seasonal fish” (mahi), Kailua pork, and salmon were all lack luster.
I wasn’t a big fan of the dancers performing during dinner as I don’t think folks were able to appreciate them. They were treated as an accessory, rather than a demonstration of cultural dance. The band busted out “Sweet Caroline” for some random pandering reason.
The show took place in the center of the dinner area and had more of a storyline than the demonstrations of cultural dance from Smith’s. Overall, it seemed like the dancers / performers were more talented and the production was at a higher level than Smiths. With that said, we thought Smiths was better in all other aspects: food, ambiance, musical talent, drinks, imu ceremony, tram ride (included), and overall experience.
If you’re looking for the best show, I think it’s Luau Kalamaku; however, if food and other aspects of the experience are more important to you, I think Smith’s is best. In the end, you can’t go wrong with either!