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“Mauna Kea Luau”

Mauna Kea Oceanfront Luau
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2 reviews
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“Mauna Kea Luau”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2012

The Luau was worth the cost. The food and drinks were good while the show was great. I recommend this to anyone coming to the Big Island. We stay Hawi and the drive is well worth it!

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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“Beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2012

Not our favorite luau (the Old Lahina luau on Maui is), but still very good and worth theoney. The setting for this luau is awesome--sitting on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The food was quite good, but no one announced the food was ready or directed us to go by tables, so it wound up being a free for all getting food. Desserts were very good, featuring sampler-sized portions of numerous tasty delights. We thought the entertainment was very good. The performers were very energetic and the show was a good mix of traditional Hawaiian and contemporary music/stories. The band was good, the MC was good and kept the show interesting. On the downside, they could eliminate one of the times they drag "volunteers" from the audience to perform on stage. The first time doing the hukalau was fine, but the second hula dance off drug on and several people around us left. We recommend it as a traditional Hawaiian luau.

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San Jose, CA
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“If you're going to a luau - this one hits the spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2011

This is a great luau.
It's not too big.
The food is nice and varied with plenty of good/healthy choices (there were at least 4-5 fresh salads to choose from).
The view is spectacular. We were able to watch the sun set into the ocean - gorgeous.
The staff was friendly.
The show was great. The dancers were really talented and the show wasn't too long or too short - just right. While we didn't bring our kids, the kids who did come had a blast. They all got to sit up front in front of the stage and at the end, got to participate...very fun to watch this.

My only negative is the free Mai Tai you get is the sweetest drink you have ever tasted in your life. WAY too much sugar - none of the 3 of us could finish ours.

Visited November 2011
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“Fresh energy for an old school favorite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2011

Ah, pity the poor Hawaiian Luau. Known for being hopelessly touristy and a holdover from days gone by, you shouldn't let those associations stop you from checking out the energetic and engaging Mauna Kea Oceanfront Luau. We stumbled upon it by accident (in a tourist brochure of course!), and it met our main criteria: same day availability for a party of seven (including 3 children ages 8, 6 and 5), Tuesday evening show and near our hotel (we stayed at the Marriott Waikoloa). The setting for the luau is on a beautiful, if somewhat protected) overlook to the ocean. Unlike the luau offered at the Marriott, the show we attended had only 200 or so guests, so the luau still felt intimate, and the buffet food was fine (if a little overseasoned). The luau starts with live music and allows you about an hour for dining (including turkey and traditional pig) and then the real singing and dancing starts. The show is excellent - maybe a bit reminiscent of a lounge act, but the hostess is more than amiable and the dancers and performers all really look as if they are enjoying themselves. The show runs around 45 minutes in length, but leave early and you'll miss the best part (the fire dancing). They also call upon the keikis in the audience (as well as some newlyweds) to join in on stage for a few numbers. Really, we couldn't stop remarking on how much fun we all had enjoying this wonderful show. Also be sure to stop and look at your photo they snap as you walk in the luau area. Pricey at $30, but the lighting is excellent and we felt it to be a worthwhile souvenir.

Visited September 2011
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“Enjoyable luau evening”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2011

We stayed at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort and spent one of our evenings attending their luau (offered on Friday and Tuesday evenings). The grounds were gorgeous and the setting overlooked Mauna Kea beach.

The evening started at ~ 5:30PM (to watch the imu ceremony, lei greeting, and then standing in line for seating). A hotel photographer snaped photos of groups which were available after the luau. Once admitted to the luau grounds, we chose our own seats among tables arranged in a small garden area with a stage at one end and the buffet area at the opposite side. The show started ~7:15PM and went until about 8:30 or 8:45PM.

Food was good but not exceptional. There was a large variety of dishes to choose from, including all the traditional luau dishes, and the choices seemed reasonable for satisfying adventurous diners as well as more discriminating eaters like small kids.

Restrooms were clean and conveniently located in the luau area.

Entertainment was always enjoyable, at times rather spectacular with dances involving fire, but not uniformly polished in presentation or abilities of the performers. The performers definitely conveyed enthusiasm throughout the show and, as mentioned by other reviewers, there was ample opportunity for audience members to participate in the show by learning some dance moves. This made for fun people watching but did not make for professional entertainment.

We purchased the dinner and luau show together, but I read that you can attend the show without dinner at a reduced ticket price. While we were staying at the hotel, there were many guests from other resorts attending this luau. Since tables are large and shared, it was easy to meet other tourists at the show.

Our teenager thought both the luau and food was wonderful. The adults in our group found the evening enjoyable but admittedly did not find this the most memorable of luaus. I don't know if we would repeat the evening, but we certainly enjoyed the luau we went to.

Visited August 2011
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