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“Fabulous, A Have To EVENT!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Island Breeze Luau

Island Breeze Luau
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Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island
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Owner description: Voted the Best of West Hawaii since 2000 , the Island Breeze Lu'au and is located on the shores of Kamakahonu Bay and the historic grounds of the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. An evening filled with delicious food and authentic Island entertainment. Highlights include the re-enactment of the arrival of Kamehameha I aboard an outrigger canoe, the unearthing of the imu (underground oven), preliminary arts and crafts where you have a chance to meet the performers, a 22-dish buffet, an open bar and the finale of the Siva Afi - spectacular Samoan Fireknife dance.
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
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“Fabulous, A Have To EVENT!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

The trip was a surprise birthday gift, and the Luau was Fantastic! The food was delicious, the entertainment was FABULOUS! The luau was full of history, dances, rituals, music, food, and fun. This is a must see event it makes you fall in love with the Island.

Visited June 2013
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“Big Island Luau was fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

Went to Hawaii on our honeymoon. This was the last night event for my wife as a birthday present. She loved it! I was kind of... meh... We were seated in the front row, so we had plenty of opportunity for photos and interaction.

Good points.
1. Music is good
2. Main host is flawless.
3. Dancing is ok.
4. Food was ok.
5. Entertainment factor was about 7-10. We had extra fun because we were the newest married couple, and we were sitting across from the longest married couple in the event.
6. Kalua pig presentation was cool.

Hawaii does dig you for every cent possible. So, here's some tips.
1. Park across the street from the hotel in the free parking zone, and save yourself the cost of parking in the parking lot.
2. Don't purchase the Kukui Nut necklace for $14 at the event. Go to a local store and purchase them for $5-$7. Exact same necklace with the black silk bow at the store... seriously.
3. Purchase a lei at the store ahead of time for your wife or girlfriend for $4-$5. Don't pay the $7 at the event.
4. They take a photo of you at the event and sell it for $20. ($5 off if you have the coupon). Save yourself the money by having someone take a photo of you BEFORE the luau begins. After, it's dark.

Drinks are watered down, and they cut off the bar service when the luau starts. Bartender is good, and she hand pours a good drink. Do yourself a favor and get some wine.

Although the Kalua Pig presentation is good, they don't cut the meat off the pig for the food, it shows up on trays as shredded meat in the buffet...Leading us to believe it wasn't actual Kalua pig that we were eating. Perhaps it's a sanitation thing with the health department.

We were surprised there wasn't more engagement with the people for hula dancing. In fact, the show contained very little to none in the way of traditional Hawaiian Hula dancing. It's one of the things you go to a luau for. Most of the dancing was Polynesian, and even stretched over to New Zealand... which we thought was strange.

The music was strange also. The show kicked off with a Hawaiian version of David Lee Roth's, "Just like living in paradise", along with musical versions of Christian hits like "Awesome God" and "More love, More Power". Most people didn't catch on to this... but we did :) We thought it was cool. However, we would have liked to hear more traditional Hawaiian music, and not contemporary pop music.

Visited June 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“great luau”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Our first luau in Hawaii, we decided to go to the one in Big Island at The Marriott . We had a good time : the buffet was good ( the roasted pigs, the poke ), the kids liked having a tatoo, the show was entertaining from the entrance of the king to he night show with the dancers and the musicians. Worth to go at least once to a luau and this one is great (we met a few people that did other luaus and was coming back to this one)

Visited April 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Meh Food, great show!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

This was our first luau. Recommended by a lot of locals as well and not too pricy compared to the other ones on the island. The food was nothing special, however the show was fantastic. The Samoan guy was hilarious. Dont forget to stick around after the show and take pictures with the performers.

Visited May 2013
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Shawnee, Oklahoma
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“At the Marriott Courtyard”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013

The weather wasn't cooperating, so the luau was held indoors. That always detracts from the experience. Of course, the food was standard commercial luau food, which can't hold a candle to an authentic local luau. But I'm prejudiced, having lived in the islands for several years back in my younger days.

As I expected, the luau at the Marriott Courtyard in Kailua-Kona was more family-oriented. There was still the obligatory free Mai-Tais and bar, but they shut it down before the show started. The show focused on tradition and family. The meal started with a well-presented non-sectarian prayer. Birthdays and marriages were honored. Best of all, there wasn't an immodest costume or a coconut bra to be seen, and no members of the audience were brought up on stage to act like fools. The entire event was staged with joy and dignity.

The food could be much better and with more local dishes added. And some of the costumes looked rather cheap. We had ohana seating, which put us right up front. Maybe the costumes looked better from afar.

Visited May 2013
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