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“Great Show, Good Eats”

Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Wailua
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I love the warm and welcoming feeling I got from the moment we arrived. The family is really nice. Get there on time so you can walk around the grounds before the festivities begin. It has so many different photo ops that this is the place to ask people to take your picture for you. The food was good. Definitely not GREAT but good and there is PLENTY of it. The Luau is amazing. It was the first that I have ever been to and I loved it! it gave a good background to the dances and was wonderfully entertaining. It was a little on the long side but it was a beautiful show none-the-less. Definitely worth enjoying while you are there.

Thank SilveryWolf
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

I was not impressed at all, when we first arrived at the parking lot. The two young girls , who were supposed to greet you , just said 'Go on that line'; after you had your photo taken with two lovely Hawaiian guys (I bought the photo eventually!) - you were rushed on a trolley for a very fast tour of the gardens.

After this rushed start … the rest of the evening was wonderful.

Mr. Smith (the owner) explained the IMU ceremony :when the kalua pig was unveiled, it had a succulent smell.
We found the buffet delicious and with better food quality than other luaus we tried.
Of course you need to try the kalua pig, but also the fish and adobo chicken were very tasty. Forget about the Poi (but this has nothing to do with this particular luau !) ... or try it, if you are brave !

There was also a very entertaining , professional trio singing and playing during the meal.

After dinner you move to the theater. There is no seating assignment, so move on early , if you want a front row ( The theater is just a few steps from the dining area).

This show does not feature just songs and dances , but it is an extraordinary extravaganza - telling you stories about the different cultures that formed today Hawai’ian “melting pot” , including also a lively Chinese dragon, Japanese and Philippines dances.

Highly recommended

3  Thank LauraDiItaly
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

The Smith family right up front touts this as a Hawaiian Luau. I have been to the Polynesian Culture Center on Oahu and this was different. The family treats you like Ohana and wants you to eat and be merry. The dinner is more than ample and Mi Tia's flow through out. The show after the dinner is exceptional in that it includes dances from not only Polynesia but also from Japan, China and the Philippines because of their influences on Hawaiian life. The Asians were brought as laborers during the heyday of the sugar plantations. It was interesting to see the respect shown to Asian’s as well as the Polynesian people.

Thank IrishFalcon
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We went to a more expensive and glittery production Luau last year at one of the Hotel's but were really pleasantly surprised by the Smith's Luau. It is staged on a beautifully lush and local family owned property that you can either take a short narrated train ride around or slowly take in the grounds by walking. Many animals and birds and well as local trees and fruits are part of what you can see and experience. The description and sight of how the pig is prepared and the ritual ceremony opening the luau was very enjoyable. Despite there being about 500 or so guests at the meal and show, the dining area and show amphitheatre afterwards are roomy and open aired. But what I found most impressive was the smooth and almost seamless way that the guests were served and then moved in to see the show. The food was ample, seconds were certainly encouraged, drinks were abundant and best of all the food was really good. Fresh, tasty and numerous with numerous choices. A brief musical interlude while we ate was fun and my little 4yo grandaughter was able to get up on stage with other partipants to try her hand at the hula. The show itself was enjoyable and well done. Many of the Smith family members were amongst the dancers and there was alot to see including hula, and fire dancers that we liked the most. True, it is not a glitzy, Las Vegas Hotel like blockbuster but it is fun and a good way to introduce oneself to the island. It does, however start early (a not later than 5:30PM arrival) and goes until 10PM. I would suggest that a little one get a nap before coming. Nonetheless it is a family affair for the Smith's and for most of the guests who came in all ages.

Thank Psychuaz
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

There are discounts available for both online. The boat cruise up and back on the Wailua river was comfortable, entertaining and informative. The food and entertainment were both plentiful and good and the grounds have many different species of plants and animals to observe. I would recommend this for familys and couples alike.

Thank bigjohn1806
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