My wife and I visited on our honeymoon... we arrived a bit late, but they still sold us the $110-ambassador package. It turned out that we were too late to benefit from the guided tour or other "extras", and we could have paid a lot less. We only made it to a couple of the island exhibits - Samoa and Tonga - both great fun. The performances were fun, and some of the performers had great stage presence.
The Ali'i Luau was a mixed bag. The food was fine for a giant buffet, although the neon-purple taro rolls tasted a lot like the rolls at my elementary school cafeteria. My wife and I still laugh about the corny Ali'i Luau theme song, but they had a good band with steel guitar and all. King Kamehameha in his royal finery was portrayed by a bored-looking teenager wearing a red-and-yellow beach towel and a silly foam headpiece - a lot less impressive than the buff guy in the brochure. One of the male hula dancers at the luau was really impressive - probably the best we saw in our trip to Hawaii. The "ceremony" of removing the roast pig from the imu was pretty lame - a couple of guys just come and pull the tarp off and put the pig on a stretcher and carry it away. We think it was a plastic pig, actually... certainly not what they used to prepare the Kalua pork, since that was on the buffet about 1 minute later.
The luau would have been a lot better if there was alcohol. Not that we're big drinkers, but if they're going to sell smoothies in cheap plastic souvenir cups for $10, they should at least put some rum in it for you. And I just don't think blue Powerade or caffeine-free Diet Coke are the best complements for the island specialties. The Kalua pork just cries out for some good beer. But hey, it's run by the LDS church, and they don't serve alcohol.
The night show was pretty good. The fire dancers were some of the better ones we saw in Hawaii. The "preferred seating" or whatever you get from the more expensive packages is nothing special - the theater isn't that big, and you would get just as good a view from the regular seating. Also the free Pineapple Deelite that you get with the expensive package wasn't that great. Maybe again because this is an LDS church function, the performers wore a lot more clothes than I would expect in "authentic" Polynesian dance. But during the Tahitian dance, I did here a kid behind me say "man, that's some fast booty!" No, I don't think most of the performers are full-blooded Polynesians from the specific cultures they represent, but they're not just bored Caucasian college kids as some other reviewers have suggested.
This is definitely a tourist trap. It's no accident that they give you an hour between dinner and the show, and the only part of the park that's open is the gift shop. They do sell $10 smoothies and $5 fruit & sherbet cups "to support the students at nearby Brigham Young University" (because apparently your $110 admission isn't enough support). We had a good time, but felt kind of ripped off.
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