Rated 5 Stars On TripAdvisor, Yelp And Facebook
What Makes The Experience Nutridge Luau Different?
Experience Nutridge is all about you – the guest. With an intimate crowd, you’ll get to know the dancers, history and connection they each have with Nutridge Estate (Hawaii’s first macadamia nut plantation) and the islands. You’ll be entertained like family where you’ll have a chance to help out with preparing your luau buffet the traditional Hawaiian way, weave ti leaf bracelets, play Hawaiian games and enjoy a gorgeous sunset view that very few have the chance to witness.
Time: 4:00 PM
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park, Nutridge Street, Honolulu, HI 96822. Please arrive by 3:45 PM.
Transportation And Location
Transportation pickups and dropoffs will be in comfortable, air-conditioned vans at several checkpoints throughout Waikiki. Special hotel pickups for groups of 10 or more may be arranged by calling (808) 531-5050 after booking your reservation online.
Nutridge Estate is located in Puu Ualakaa Wayside Park in the Round Top Preserve.
GPS Directions: Input “Nutridge Street” into your GPS system, and enter through the yellow gate. The estate will be straight ahead.
Driving Directions: Drive towards the valley on Punahou Street. Turn left on Wilder Avenue. Turn right on Makiki Street, which will turn into Round Top Drive (do not turn onto Makiki Height Drive). After about 5 minutes, you’ll see Puu Ualakaa State Park. Enter through the yellow gate. The estate will be straight ahead.
History of Nutridge Estate
As Hawaii’s first macadamia nut plantation, Nutridge Estate has had the pleasure of entertaining quite a few celebrities. But before Nutridge was what it is today, its humble origins can be found in its Hawaiian name. The literal meaning of Puu Ualakaa is “rolling sweet potato hill”. During the time of King Kamehameha I, the surrounding Maliki-Tantalus forest was cleared and sweet potato was planted.
In 1921, Ernest Shelton Van Tassel was granted the lease by the Territory of Hawaii. When asked what his rent was, he was told “your rent is to plant 100 forest trees per year.” Van Tassel ended up choosing macadamia nut trees from Australia and created Hawaii’s first macadamia nut plantation: Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Ltd.
Architect Hart Wood designed Nutridge House, which was representative of this era’s golden age of architecture in Hawaii. Rather than standing out from its location, Nutridge House blends in with its natural surroundings and provides an identity of place where “Hawaiian style” is brought to the forefront.