Smith's Tropical Paradise Garden Luau 174 Wailua Rd., in Wailua Marina State Park, in Kapaa, (808) 821-6895. Reservations required. Reputedly the island’s best luau, this event begins at 5 p.m. with an informative tram ride through lush tropical gardens. A traditional imu ceremony, in which a roasted pig is removed from its undergound lava rock oven, occurs at 6 p.m., followed by mai tais and punch and an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet with all the traditional goodies.
Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruise Smith's Motor Boat Service, 174 Wailua Rd., in Wailua Marina State Park, in Kapaa, (808) 821-6892. On grounds that were once owned by Hawaiian royalty and accessible only by river boats that leave every 30 minutes, this lava grotto and waterfall makes a lovely destination. It is a natural amphitheater with impressive acoustics, and it is a popular spot for weddings. The large flat-bottomed, open-air, canopy-covered tour boats share the water with kayakers on what is the only navigable river in Hawaii. Everyone, including kids, is entertained en route up the narrow, calm river with historical stories, singing, and hula lessons. Trips last about 1½ hours and give kids the chance to let off some steam during a walk from the landing up to the grotto.
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