We loved the Hale Koa Pool and the luau was great as well! It is about $50 each and includes a shell lai when you walk in, then they hand you a Mai Tai with an ordchid in it. It was pretty good. Then during cocktail hour (you can buy other drinks at the cash bar) you can see how orchids lais are made, get an ink "tatoo", weave baskets of palm leaves, listen to the band, learn some native arts, and enjoy the gardens. Then before dinner the men blow on the shells to draw the crowd to the fire pit. The scantily dressed men then lift the pig out of the ground and show it to the crowd before being seated. Once seated, the appetizersd are on the table and inlcuded diced tomatoes with raw salmon, pickled seaweed (actually pretty good) and cucumbers. There was also banana, apples and pineapple. There were bowls of poi on the table (the only thing I didn't like - tastes like wall paper paste). Then they bring out plated dinners with beef, while fish fillet, kalua pork, sweet potato, fried banana, roasted chicken and garnishments. It was a LOT of food. I was hungry and ate it all, but most did not. I thought all the food was great! Then there were two desserts which were pineapple cake and some type of gelatin. The cake was a light dessert which was sweet and just right.
The show started with a singer/MC but the dancers were the best. Five women and five men danced many dances representing Hawaii, Thailand, New Zealand, Samoa and other polynesian islands. Each with explanation. They were wonderful. Then a 12 year old boy who was the fire dancing champion of the world. He was awesome! Then a salute to the troops and the military guests at the Hale Koa.
Doors opened at 5:30PM (assigned tables) and we left at 9:00PM. It was just right. A full nights entertainment. A little hokey at times, but thats what I expected at a Luau with a floor show.
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