Diamond Head Luau
Diamond Head Luau
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Fire knives will soar and drums will roar as entertainment enchants the night... All packages include a lei greeting, Mai Tai welcome, temporary Hawaiian tattoos, Polynesian crafts, Hula lessons, Tahitian dancing, Hula, traditional Hawaiian food at its best, drinks and entertainment. All of this and more is matched perfectly with a flawless Hawaiian sunset, here at the magical Diamond Head Luau!
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16Musical
Toronto, Canada8 contributions
Family
We went to the Diamond Head Luau on our last night in Hawaii and truly has a blast. We arrived before 4:30 pm and we’re able to look at the aquarium first. Once we checked in for the luau they gave us beautiful fresh flower leis and took a picture of us. As we walked in, we got our drinks, I think it was a virgin Ama I Tai and a simple appetizer and were escorted to our tables. We received z2 tickets for drinks. They had stations of activities such as making fresh flower bracelets, playing with the ukuleles and Hawaiian instruments and more. We enjoyed doing the hula lesson on the stage. The activities were family friendly and there were quite a few children there.
The dinner was buffet style. Although it was not extravagant, we did enjoy the food and some people did go back for seconds. The dessert was simple but okay.
The show itself was a lot of fun to watch with singers and instrumentalists at the side. The dancers were very entertaining. At the end, the dancers came down and took some people in the audience to dance on the stage with them. Amazingly funny!
The show ended at around 8 pm.
Overall, we had a great time and strongly recommend this luau.
We did not get VIP seats and were able to see everything.
I also recommend visitors to go earlier to enjoy the aquarium before lining up for the luau.
Written January 6, 2020
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Aloha! Mahalo nui for this awesome review and recap of your evening with us :) We are so glad to read you enjoyed everything from our activity stations to the performances. Thanks again for joining us! Aloha, a hui hou
Written January 9, 2020
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George
4 contributions
Family
Enjoyable evening however we paid for a Luau experience that was supposed to last 3 hours but it ends after 2. Started letting a LONG line of people in at 520. Probably later than 540 for all people to enter because they want to take promotional photos as you walk in. So the show was 30 mins of activities, 30 minutes to eat and and an hour of Polynesian dancing. The show ended at 735. We did enjoy the experience but I am sorry advertising a 2 hour show as 3 hours is deceitful. I asked one one of the employees if the Luau was really over which they confirmed. Felt like I only saw the first act of a Broadway show.
Written March 16, 2020
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Aaron C
Brisbane, Australia17 contributions
Couples
Diamond head luau is definitely a must see for anyone visiting Waikiki. It was such a great experience with pre show activities leaning about traditional way of life. The food was fantastic and generous. And you can’t forget the very talented and entertaining dancers.
Written March 9, 2020
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Aloha, Mahalo for leaving us a 5-star review! We were so happy to read you had such a wonderful evening with us sharing Aloha and eating delicious food :) A hui hou!
Written July 13, 2020
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sunseekers315
Oakville, Canada45 contributions
Family
I spent a considerable amount of time looking for a luau in Oahu and finally settled on the one for the following reasons:

- close to all Waikiki hotels (took Uber there, but could have walked)
- farm to table experience with food
- included admission to aquarium
- wanted an entertaining night out, but wanted it to be over at a reasonable hour.
- had a nightly front row seat to the Hilton Waikiki Starlight luau from my balcony for a week (hosted on top of the parking garage) and didn’t want that experience.

If you are new to the luau scene, you are in for $100 minimum for adult regardless of the experience. It’s the cost of admission.

Second, if you want to travel to a beach or farther away for a luau, go ahead. Be warned, Waikiki traffic is not great, so factor that into your plans.

This luau exceeded all of my expectations:
- greeted with fresh Flower leis
- photo op (optional purchase of $30 for 3 photos plus digital file)
- toured aquarium (self guided)
- outside (behind the aquarium and by the water) was beautifully decorated with flowers, tents and lights
- activity stations were set up for kids and adults alike (flower bracelets, musical instruments, ukulele lessons, weaving, tattoos, etc.)
- hors d’oeuvres (shrimp and bean salad and taro chips with dips)
- welcome drink (alcohol and non-alcohol options)
- 2 drink tickets per adult
- hula dance lessons
- great interactive show
- wonderful buffet, including: green salads, fresh fruit, grilled veggies, tofu warm dish, rice, chicken, Kobe beef ribs, pork and cabbage, poke, and several Hawaiian desserts

The food quality exceeded my expectations, it was buffet style, well organized and there was plenty of seconds available. Drinks flowing at the bar for those who wanted them.

The show was great - for all ages and had an excellent band. It was just the right length of time. Doors opened at 5:15 and everything was wrapped up by 7:45.

Overall an excellent experience that exceeded my expectations. I would recommend this luau for families and couples alike. Great value for money, lovely atmosphere and entertaining show under the sunset and stars!

Written July 2, 2018
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Aloha! Thank you so very much for this all-star review about your experience with us, we are so grateful for the time it took to go into such detail about each aspect of the evening for our future guests to read. Our location at the Waikiki Aquarium is truly so convenient and we are delighted to read you enjoyed everything from your flower lei greeting and the fresh farm to table buffet to the band and performances! Mahalo for joining us, we hope to see you again when you have the chance! Aloha, a hui hou
Written July 25, 2018
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1london2
Cypress, CA123 contributions
I go to Oahu regularly. I've been to a few Luaus. I was taking my 2 little kids back to the island and wanted them to experience the whole effect.Going to a Luaus is the best way to enjoy the culture and learn about it.I tried to book a show through my Hotel but the date was blacked out.My concierge had suggested the Diamond Head Luau.It was over 400.00 for the 4 of us.The Luau is located right by the aquarium. The only thing negative I can say is the wait outside is not to people friendly as they have no seating. So if you arrive early like I did there is no where to sit until your seated. Once we got inside I didnt care about the wait or the price because it was pretty cool. We were greeted by tribal dancers and entertainers. As we entered the area of long tables There are several different activite centers. The entertainers have stations that encourage you to go and participate in the island crafts and activities..We got to make leis, Take ukele lessons, get a tribal tattoo, weave headband. etc..The staff is very good about getting the people involved. The dinner is then provided and it is a good size buffet and you can return for seconds if you like..After that there is a very impressive dance show. It took about 3 to 4 hours..
Written June 18, 2018
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Chris C
Space Coast, FL130 contributions
OK, these people who use the word 'disappointing' must've had some sort of lofty expectations based on having gone to real traditional luaus, because I thought this was a pretty alright experience. I bought the 'basic' tickets, so I knew I'd be waiting until after the VIP's had gotten their food. There was PLENTY for EVERYONE and you were WELCOMED to go back for SECONDS and THIRDS if you wanted. The bartenders were generous and we thought they did a great job pouring drinks throughout the show. I didn't think the cake was going to be all that great, and it really didn't impress me as a 'traditional luau food,' but it was still pretty darn good, and yes, you could go back for seconds on the cake if you wanted. There was plenty of anything you'd like.

THE SHOW was excellent. OK, maybe it misses the mark set by the multi-million dollar Mormon extravaganza on the other side of the island, or it lacks the production qualities of the theme-park production that is a $60 each-way uber ride from downtown H-town, but it's authentic and performed with the most important element of all: ALOHA SPIRIT. The servers, the cast, the bartenders, the ticket-takers, everyone here was welcoming and nice.

Rundown on the food: I skipped the salad, because I could have that anywhere. I ate the tofu, chicken, beef and pork. All were delicious, well-seasoned and since you dole out your portions, I had as much as I wanted. I thought the Poi was delicious, the fresh fruit was REALLY fresh. The appetizers of taro chips, poi, and salsa were all very good, and definitely appetizing.

So here's the rub: If you want a beachside luau, with good food and a good show, that doesn't require a big trip to go somewhere, then this is the luau you're looking for. Is it expensive? You decide. You can spend your money and go to this one, or you can spend your money and go somewhere else. For my money (and this is AFTER a week on Pride of America and during a week at a timeshare in Honolulu), it was definitely a winner. While I wouldn't hesitate to try other luaus, I wouldn't steer anyone away from Diamond Head Luau.
Written February 11, 2020
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Aloha Chris, Mahalo nui loa for this in-depth and honest review of your evening with us. We truly appreciate all of your comments and detailed explanations of each aspect of the Lūʻau! Welcoming both visitors and locals with Aloha is always our main goal :) Again, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback! Aloha, a hui hou
Written February 18, 2020
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Karen M
Brisbane, Australia149 contributions
If you go Friday night, at the end of the luau you can watch the fireworks from the water's edge, put on by the Surfrider hotel which makes a nice finale to the night. We stayed at the Aston Waikiki which was about 5 minutes walk to the aquarium where this luau is held. Don't pay the extra $50 for premium seating because the view of the stage is good from any table. You get to go the the buffet first, but we were one of the last tables and they were quick to replenish dishes as they got low. 'Farm to Table' - well, I haven't been to another luau to compare, but the food to me was typical buffet style. The appetizers were sweet potato chips and dip and a bean salad with one or two Insy winsy prawns. Some people didn't like the size of the bean salad and asked for more, which I thought was generous of them to scoop more into their plate! It was interesting the free alcoholic drink - where they swished the alcohol over the top of the cup of juice. Wouldn't have been a nip (as we Australians call it). Everything was well organised with different stations to try your hand at activities such as leaf crown or lei making, as well as a few other activities. I wasn't aware you could walk through the aquarium, perhaps they should mention this. There were some other interactive activities you could participate in on stage, as well. The stage entertainment included dances from every South Pacific Island. I did start to count what islands they hadn't done after a while, thinking how many more dances to go! The highlight for me was the 11 year old performing the fire dance - he was awesome! I think $227 is expensive for two hours, but they have a lot of people angaged to provide you with a variety of experiences.
Written July 8, 2018
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Rome
San Jose, CA568 contributions
Very fun evening, but expensive for what it is. I would look into other options if you are on a tight budget.

Recommendation, do this on one of your first nights on the island because the buffet will likely be all the food you've been eating daily since arriving to the island (Poke & Hawaii bbq) & salad.

For the price, I felt that the event was very short, and based off of the online seating map I expected stadium seating rather than a large family picnic arrangement. I was glad I didn't pay for the VIP seating's as it was only one table in front of us in a 2 row arrangement.

What to expect:
-Check-In (arrive early, lines can be long)
-Receive your Lay -Professional Photo Op (Pictures Available for purchase at the end of the night)
-Sprint to the Bar if you want to drink out of a pineapple for the night (an additional $17 on top of your ticket)
- Walk around the Aquarium
-Activity stations (temp tattoos, dance, Ukulele, & hats)
-Dinner Buffet
-House Band
-Feautured Show
Written June 24, 2020
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Aloha & Mahalo for taking the time to leave us your review here on TripAdvisor. We are pleased to see overall you had a fun evening with us and we appreciate your feedback very much as we continue to improve the experience.
Written July 10, 2020
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Maple Leopard
Seattle, WA173 contributions
This Luau was the best! We had fun making Hawaiian crafts with a beautiful view of Waikiki for a backdrop. The food, music and entertainment were superb. You will love this Luau and you will talk about the good food for days!
Written December 21, 2018
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Mahalo nui for this wonderful 5-star review!
Written February 21, 2019
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Lydia A
3 contributions
Couples
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Although the charismatic staff was friendly and the performance was entertaining, the following 32+ miserable hours we spent trading off in our hotel bathroom outweighed any positive experience we had and put a huge damper on our vacation. Between the horrible vomiting and persistent diarrhea we were left drained—quite literally—for the remainder of our trip.
Written February 22, 2017
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