Went to Hawaii on our honeymoon. This was the last night event for my wife as a birthday present. She loved it! I was kind of... meh... We were seated in the front row, so we had plenty of opportunity for photos and interaction.
1. Music is good
2. Main host is flawless.
3. Dancing is ok.
4. Food was ok.
5. Entertainment factor was about 7-10. We had extra fun because we were the newest married couple, and we were sitting across from the longest married couple in the event.
6. Kalua pig presentation was cool.
Hawaii does dig you for every cent possible. So, here's some tips.
1. Park across the street from the hotel in the free parking zone, and save yourself the cost of parking in the parking lot.
2. Don't purchase the Kukui Nut necklace for $14 at the event. Go to a local store and purchase them for $5-$7. Exact same necklace with the black silk bow at the store... seriously.
3. Purchase a lei at the store ahead of time for your wife or girlfriend for $4-$5. Don't pay the $7 at the event.
4. They take a photo of you at the event and sell it for $20. ($5 off if you have the coupon). Save yourself the money by having someone take a photo of you BEFORE the luau begins. After, it's dark.
Drinks are watered down, and they cut off the bar service when the luau starts. Bartender is good, and she hand pours a good drink. Do yourself a favor and get some wine.
Although the Kalua Pig presentation is good, they don't cut the meat off the pig for the food, it shows up on trays as shredded meat in the buffet...Leading us to believe it wasn't actual Kalua pig that we were eating. Perhaps it's a sanitation thing with the health department.
We were surprised there wasn't more engagement with the people for hula dancing. In fact, the show contained very little to none in the way of traditional Hawaiian Hula dancing. It's one of the things you go to a luau for. Most of the dancing was Polynesian, and even stretched over to New Zealand... which we thought was strange.
The music was strange also. The show kicked off with a Hawaiian version of David Lee Roth's, "Just like living in paradise", along with musical versions of Christian hits like "Awesome God" and "More love, More Power". Most people didn't catch on to this... but we did :) We thought it was cool. However, we would have liked to hear more traditional Hawaiian music, and not contemporary pop music.
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