This show is held every Friday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort. Resort guests are allowed to pre-purchase tickets ($20 each) throughout the week while locals or visitors from other areas or hotels must queue just prior to the show to purchase the remaining tickets on a first-come basis. As resort guests we purchased our tickets well in advance.
The show is held in a large pool venue centrally located in the resort. We had an early dinner and queued shortly after 6:00; there was already a line for guests with tickets and another for those without tickets. Entry began at about 6:30 with advance ticket holders allowed to enter first. Lounge chairs are arranged on one side of the pool and comfortably staggered with a small table between every two sets of chairs. We were early in the queue, still were not able to get chairs in the front row and had to take the second row. In these second row seats it was not easy to see the show; I can't imagine being four or five rows back as most of the show would not be visible. Upon admission to the revue you are also handed your choice of either a fruit juice drink or a Mai Tai. While the Mai Tai supposedly contains rum I believe this is a myth as it tasted like watered down fruit drink. The ticket does however have a tear-off coupon for a $2 discount on a real Mai Tai at Tropics, the wonderful restaurant just across the path.
Beginning at about 7:15, obviously the theme is Hawaiian and/or Polynesian so the show consists of song, music, and dance. It is quite predictable and nothing new, however it is also not too long; this portion was entertaining and seemed to last just the right amount of time, probably about 30 minutes. Next is the highlight, a spectacular fireworks show taking place over the beach and/or ocean directly in front of the view from the chairs. The fireworks show, optimized for the show and attendees, is lengthy and stunning; be prepared however for the booming noise this delivers. The length of the show, from the time we queued until we had made our way through the crowd after, was right at 2 hours.
Frankly you could see much of the revue show as well as the fireworks from outside the limited entry to the pool and save the $20. That said, I would not care to stand literally shoulder to shoulder and jostling with the crowd to watch the revue. The fireworks could be seen more easily, again though, it would be in an uncomfortable crowd. A person could likely make their way down the beach and have a great view of the fireworks if they were so inclined.
The four of us were happy we attended and would do this again. We chose not to attend a luau and felt we had our fill of song and dance with what we experienced at this show. We would all recommend attending, and would encourage you to queue early to ensure a good view of the performance.