This was the first luau my friend & I visited. I don't know if I'll ever go to another, but it's something you need to do at least once when you visit Hawaii.
We were very pleased with the experience. The seating was well organized, ensuring that each party could be seated together. The emcees were good, especially a truly hilarious deadpan Samoan guy, who drew out a lot of laughs. They were great at engaging the audience. Dances were quite good, and drew on a variety of Polynesian cultures. I have no idea how "authentic" they were, but for a tourist show it was energetic and fun. They were clearly quite skilled at their craft. The music was great too--a mix of pop tunes and more traditional Hawaiian music. The emcee also spent some serious time explaining the deeper spiritual and social meaning of luaus, hula and the concepts of ohana and aloha.
The food was great--nice variety for all tastes. I personally loved the imu-cooked pork (much like pulled pork, sans barbecue sauce). Traditional Hawaiian faves like poi and lomi-lomi salmon were included, but if you hated the poi (I did) there were many more "mainstream" options like mixed salad, whitefish, chicken, sweet potatoes (they're purple, but taste just like the orange ones), fresh fruit & nuts, banana bread, & delicious desserts. The mojitos were kind of watered down, but I didn't go there for the drinks.
There are bathrooms nearby, an often underestimated convenience. The luau is right by the water and you can watch the sun set over the bay. The organized seating makes it easy to meet your fellow travelers, and the emcee promoted a nice feeling of camaraderie.
I don't know if I'd do a luau again, but it's something you should try at least once, and this was an enjoyable experience. It was comparably priced to other luaus, though we got it a little cheaper by booking it with Atlantis Submarine Cruises as a package deal.
Well recommended, and a lot of fun. Definitely give it a try.
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