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“Good luau”
Review of Hale Koa Luau

Hale Koa Luau
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

The luau is a fun experience if you have never been to one. They have activities that you can do before hand and everyone gets a free drink and a shell necklace when they walk in. The dancers are great and they even have a dancer that spins fire as the grand finale. The show reminded me somewhat of the old 50's era USO shows and the host reminded me of Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy. The show was good and it kept you entertained. When buying tickets, be sure to go early and ask to see a map when picking out your seats. It's hard to see if you are all the way in the back. Once again, the show is held at a military hotel and is directed towards the military but it was a nice incorporation. The food is good and includes a lot of local food. However, if you do not like meat or coconut, you may want to eat before or after the show. All in all a good show and worth a try if you have never experienced a luau before.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Having been to the larger Luau at Paradise Cove, it was really nice to attend this one. Not only was it significantly cheaper, but it was much more intimate, the food was better and the entertainment was a lot more fun.The host was absolutely fabulous, and really funny. The grass area was great to sit on and relax whilst you watched the pre show dancers and music. I would definitely recommend this show. The tributes to the military at the end of the show was quite heart wrenching, even though aimed at an American audience.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

The Hale Koa luau is kid-friendly, with cheap tickets for under 10 year-olds (< $10) and also a discount for older kids, an early start time of 5.30pm and pre-dinner activities. My kids enjoyed the poi twirling, getting a palm frond headband, ukulele playing, and seeing the coconut tree climbing and hula dancing on the lawn. The hotel is in central Waikiki, but still a nice tropical setting.

Just before dinner, two bronzed guys bring out the roasted pig. Get ready to rush to your table, as it’s first come first serve. The tables are placed lengthwise to the stage. We ended up at the back of our table on the lawn, and the kids and I couldn’t see much. Lucky the next table was vacant, so we moved there for the performances. The plated food was brought to our table. It did the job, with a selection of food for each course, including several meats and fish. Water was provided, with drinks available to order.

The dancers were enthusiastic and skilled, with costume changes for different countries around the Pacific. There is also audience participation for some dances. The young award-winning fire dancer was impressive. The dancers are available for photos at the end of the night.

Note, this luau is held at a military hotel, so most of the guests are military and the MC recognises that. We felt a bit out of place being non-American, but it could have just been the other people at our table. We bought our tickets online, and didn’t have any problems showing the email at the entrance.

1  Thank mifinkeel
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Whether this is the best luau, I'm not sure, but it is a good one. Let's get the negative part out of the way first -- the tables are crowded. My wife and I were sitting on the the end across from each other, so we moved our chairs around to the corners of the table to provide more room. So start moving toward the dining area early so you can get the end seats. As for the positives, there are many. It's a relaxed atmosphere before dinner with several shows and demonstrations. Though not on the beach, the setting is very tropical and beautiful. I thought the food was very good and the portions were large with the salads and lomi lomi salmon served family style. The show was the typical assortment of Polynesian dancers. I'm not an expert but I've seen other shows and these dancers were on par with any other I've seen -- all were excellent. It was a full three hours, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We have been to several Luaus in the past. We enjoyed this one very much. The food was served, rather than the usual buffet, which I appreciated. The dancers were very talented as was the host/MC. This plays to a military crowd, so along with the Pacific Island songs were some patriotic ones. Overall a really fun evening.

Thank Pam52787
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