The big question when going to Hawaii: Which luau do I attend? Each book is telling you different things and most are telling you the Old Lahaina is the way to go. However, for my husband and I who were staying in Kihei and had already driven to Lahaina a few times that week, we thought we would 'settle' for something closer to the hotel. In my opinion, I don't think I'd consider it 'settling' at all! We had a wonderful time, and it was one of the highlights of our trip.
The booking process was a bit confusing, I'd definitely recommend calling rather than booking via email online. The office does not email you back a confirmation, they only call. Which is fine if you have your phone on all the time, but for me, I'm on vacation and I don't want it ringing! After 2 days with no word, I had to call them back to confirm that we actually had been booked in for the day we had requested.
When we arrived, we checked in and picked up our dinner tickets. The hotel also validates parking as well at this time, which was great! We were seated upon arrival and I didn't see that there would be too many 'bad' seats in the house. All were pretty close to the stage. We were presented with real flower leis upon arrival, and our picture was taken (which you can later buy for $20). The bar is an open bar with wine, beer and cocktails and there was never a wait to get a drink. They had quite a few prepared in advance for the taking. After a short greeting, we were invited to wander the grounds to get flowers in our hair, see how coconut milk is extracted, see some carving, etc. Then, the buffet started by table while some music played. The food was what you would expect, however my husband and I were a bit picky and we don't eat seafood, so choices to us were limited.
As for the show, the dancers were all great and the performers entertaining. I wanted to get to a show with fire dancers, so this one had it all! To me, it was what I would think a luau would be and I wasn't disappointed. Dinner and a show, great night out!
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