We wanted to attend a luau while visiting Hawaii. I checked their website and this looked like the perfect place, right on the ocean, beautiful sunset, what more could you ask? We purchased the deluxe package which included up front seating, a picture, a gift from the luau (which turned out to be a small insulated lunch bag) and three premium drinks each person. We also received small flower leis for the women and nut leis for the men. The total would have been 158.00 each but I bought the Hawaii Entertainment Book which brought the total down to 105.00 for each adult. I still had to pay 124.00 for my 18 yr old son because an adult is considered over 21. We got there at 5:00 and didn't have to wait long. With the deluxe package you don't have to wait in line with everyone else. They take you in earlier. We stopped for a picture with a couple dancers and off we went. There were four in our party and two received family pictures with the dancers and two without.
The grounds are really pretty. It's right on the ocean and it was a really nice setting for the luau. There were games and demonstrations but like everyone said, they were really crowded. I did the spear throwing and that's about it. There were people selling crafts too.
With the premium drink coupons that were offered you had to add a couple dollars. I wanted a pina colada so I had to add an additional 3.00 to get it. You could also pick drinks from the list that weren't additional. I got some lime drink which I ended up pouring out. It was made with cheap booze and it just wasn't good.
Before the show they take you over to an area where they do a ceremony to raise the pig out of the ground. Two men carry the pig away to get ready to serve it up. My husband hit the nail on the head when he said the pig they serve you was the pig they cooked the day before. There is no way they carved that pig up in the time frame from ceremony to serving.
Okay, now the huge disappointment, the food was awful!!!!!!!! We didn't have to go in the buffet line with the deluxe package which was nice. They served us a plate with pasta salad, garden salad and I think potato salad. That was pretty good. You enter at 5:00 and they don't serve until 7:00 so by that time you're hungry. Then the main meal came and it went down hill from here. We were served tasteless pork, poi which I guess you need to acquire a taste for, canned corn, dried out chicken, fish, and sticky white rice. All of it tasteless. It's really too bad too. My husband was expecting fruits and vegetables. Not happening. You also got dried out cake for dessert. This is sad too, because this luau could be excellent. We ended up going to Subway when we left there so what does that tell you?
Now the good part. The show was really good, the fire dancer was excellent. I enjoyed it very much so I feel I got some value for my money. If you go into this thinking your food is going to be average than you'll have a good time. If you're expecting a feast, forget it. My husband and boys were disappointed. I thought it was average at best.