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“It's a beautiful sight with the sun setting and the torches lit....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting & Hula Ceremony

Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting & Hula Ceremony
Kuhio Beach Hula Mound, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
+1 808 843 8002
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Ranked #26 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Type: Performances
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Held Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) at 6pm November through January and 6:30pm February through October, this hour-long tradition includes a conch shell blowing, Hawaiian music and hula performances by Hawaii’s finest hula halau (troupes) at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound near the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. The show varies each night, so it’s worth checking out every evening that’s convenient.
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“It's a beautiful sight with the sun setting and the torches lit....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This is a wonderful site to see before/after dinner. We see it every time we go. The ambiance is great with the torches lit as the sun is/has set and the eerie conch blowing begins.
It's FREE and we love it. Yes, it gets very crowded and some people don't care at all that they have just stood right in front of you to watch the show, so keep the crowd in mind when you get there early and choose a place to roost.
Some nights are better than others performance-wise, but it really is all good.

Visited August 2012
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“It felt like a hula school recital more than anything.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We had a GREAT time here tonight! Got here an hour early by chance, and got to watch the sunset while securing our front-and-center seats. The announcer was super cheesy and funny, and we saw kids of all ages performing like pros. I know this is put on by the Hyatt, but you would never guess it... It felt like a hula school recital more than anything.

We didn't get to see a luau while we were here-- plus we're vegetarians, so I'm not sure a luau would be totally our scene anyway, but this was really wonderful and relatable and fun to watch. Highly recommended!

To find it: look for a stage across the street from the Hyatt Regency. They were setting up the A/V at about 5:30 when we got there!

Visited April 2013
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“Entertaining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Get there early, shows start around 7:00 p.m. Bring a blanket, you'll be sitting on the sand or grass.
Music and Hula dancing. The show runs an hour. Fun for kids and seniors who do not want to sit for a long time. Cookies are sold at the end, dancers are available for pictures

Visited March 2013
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“Authentic and free”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

This is the real Hawaii and it is a wonderful opportunity for young performers as well. There is an air of festivity in the crowd that gathers early for a 'good' spot. I loved the energy and enthusiasm of the dancers. There was tenderness and hospitality in the older women who talked us through the traditions. To be on the beach, at dusk, in a warm climate and be given such a nice performance for free certainly feels like a gift. Thank-you.

Visited February 2013
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“Good performances”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

This is a free hour long performance with hula dances and Hawaiian performers. The performance takes place on the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound, diagonally across Kalakaua Ave. from Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach hotel at Uluniu Ave (near Duke Kahanamoku's statue). Check the website for exact timings, typical times are Tues-Thurs-Sat-Sun, weather-permitting. 6:30- 7:30 p.m. (6:00-7:00 p.m. Nov-Dec-Jan).

The performance takes place outdoors, you can grab your beach chairs/mats to view the show. Cameras are allowed. The show begins with torch lighting and blowing of the conch shell. There are several performances by the hula dancers and a few old ladies who volunteer.

The performances were good. Of course the scale of the show is not as grand as the many luaus on the island. But if you don't/can't go to a luau, the Waikiki beach hula show is a good option.

Visited November 2012
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