We booked this luau with little other choice. My family was there to attend a wedding and the night we went was the only night that was available and we also needed something in-between the north and south shore of Kauai since people were driving from both directions.
Let me preface this review by saying that I had never been to a luau before this one and I probably will never pay to go to another.
I also want to mention that everyone else that has written a review is spot on, I will just reiterate.
When you arrive at the luau you are greeted with a tiny shell lei (which I later found in a general store being sold for $1!) You are able to buy flower leis if you would like which were $5, I think. Everyone congregates out onto the lawn of the hotel right in front of the ocean and entertainment in the form of a three piece band is playing. You can learn how to twirl poi balls or get a washable tattoo, both of which are free! (Those poi balls are a lot harder than they look!!) The drinks are available here as well but the only mixed drink the single bartender makes is mai tais, although my husband asked for something special and the gentleman very kindly agreed to make it. It seemed that as long as he had what the drink required he would mix it for you.
We were then led around to the parking lot where the tent was set up. The biggest disappointment was that there was no imu ceremony. (We were all under the impression that we would get to see that.) The food was okay, definitely nothing special. I tried the poi and was pleasantly surprised!! The tent was also very stuffy, there was no air circulation even though there was a breeze outside because they has the flaps on the sides of the tent down. There were also big industrial fans mounted on the tent but those were never turned on.
I really liked the show, it was a lot of fun, and the dancers and costumes were beautiful. Everyone has to go outside to see the fire demonstration and I couldn't see that well because I wasn't in the front. And I have to give a huge thanks to the fire thrower because it was VERY windy the night we were there and it was pretty scary seeing the gentleman try to go on with the show but he did a great job nonetheless.
Overall (since I have nothing to compare this to) we had a good time. I thought the dancers knew their stuff and it was fun to see all the costumes. Would I go back? ... no Would I recommend this luau? ... I'm going to say no, because I would have liked to see the imu ceremony.
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