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Review of Hale Koa Luau

Hale Koa Luau
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This was my 3rd luau, and although I'm not a huge fan of them in general, the Hale Koa does a fantastic job. The food is amazing and plentiful, and the staff is very kind and helpful. The show is definitely entertaining, and you won't be disappointed if a trational luau is what you seek. Oh, and the best part: It is a bargain compared to similar shows elsewhere on the island.

5  Thank Robert J
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We enjoyed the whole luau experience, crafts, imu presentation (bringing up the whole pig from the ground oven) excellent music/drumming, food, show from start to finish! Everyone was so welcoming and eager to please and serve us happily. The performers were gorgeous, talented and enthusiastic and a pleasure to watch! We have traveled to Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti and the dancing was very authentic - we felt like we were on a tour of Polynesia! The World Champion Junior Fire Dancer was incredible -- whirling the fire batons so fast that we were mesmerized! The food was very good and plenty of it. From your first included drink to the dramatic fire show ending, your three hours here is probably the best value in the island -- we loved it! TIPS: All the seats are the same price. Make reservations early and book a center section uncovered table close to the stage. Those tables are still in the shade. Also, you can drop off everyone at the hotel front door before parking at the structure across the street. Your $5 parking ticket (validate for this price when you check in for the luau) comes with 10 hours of parking so you can come early to walk around Waikiki or do so afterwards. You receive a shell lei at the luau, but if you want a beautiful flower lei for the photos, get a lovely one in Chinatown on your way over.

5  Thank hawaiicouple
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

The Luau at the Hale Koa is limited to military and DOD families which is a shame because it's a great Luau. I had previously attended Germaine's Luau. The smaller and more intimate venue at the Hale Koa was more welcoming and allowed interaction with the performers. My granddaughter was able to make a bracelet of plumerias and watch a head wreath being woven and then get one. One of the dancers climbed a palm tree to demonstrate how to get coconuts.

The entertainment was the highlight of the evening. The dancers were great but the fire twirlers were spectacular. Some of the activities were unnecessary - singing the songs of singers who'd been in Hawaii or couples who had been married the longest, etc. but overall good entertainment.

The food was OK. A seaweed salad was very tasty and a cucumber salad quite tasty. Fresh pineapple served in its shell was a hit but poi was not a favorite. The main meal consisted of lomi lomi salmon, kalua pig (we saw it being taken out of the pit), teriyaki beef, shoyu chicken, Mahimahi, pineapple and poi, & coconut potatoes. None of it was great but my son brought his catsup and ate everything while my granddaughter was given chicken and fish strips and did OK. Typical Hawaiian Luau food. Dessert was coconut cake and something else coconut. Not great.

Food is never the reason one attends a luau. You attend for the entertainment and this didn't disappoint.

4  Thank VickiLGreenOaks_IL
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

This luau was different from others we had been to in that it was very interactive. From the start, there are activities for the kids (making leis and grass headbands, etc). The show was fun and entertaining and they even got the audience involved. The food was typical of luau food. There is one mai tai included with the ticket. The waitress was annoyed as she took our drink order when we sat down. After the drinks were delivered, we never saw her again. Runners bring the dinners and the rest is self serve (even the water and coffee). Go for the show.

1  Thank Lynne P
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Possibly one of the best values in Waikiki.... while others venues charge around $100 or more for their show and buffet, the Hale Koa Luau is a mere $50 for their dinner and show (about 3 hours in length).
You are greeted at Hale Koa Luau Gardens area with a shell lei, handed a drink (Mai Tai or punch) and then have your picture taken with some of the entertainers. There is an area to string an orchid bracelet, weave a headband or learn how to juggle the string poi balls.... during this time, you can be seated on mats on the lawn to listen to some music and dancing and then watch a demonstration on how to climb a coconut tree Polynesian style.
The imu ceremony was next. The roasted pig was removed from the underground oven and taken to the kitchen to be served as part of the meal.
The meal began with communal bowls of lomi lomi salmon, poi, seaweed salad, cucumber with papaya salad and fresh sliced pineapple.
The main food courses were not served as a buffet, as most others are, but a plated meal delivered to you at your table.... there was plenty of food to satisfy most people's appetites. Dessert was coconut cake and haupia pudding.
The show's MC is Glenn Mederios, a local singer who had his first hit in 1987 at the age of 17.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLxTEV5vpyg
The show was done tastefully and had a special tribute at the end for those individuals (and their families) who served or are serving the country.
Tickets can be purchased online starting one month before the date that you wish to attend.
If you do not have a military ID you can go to the front desk and ask for a day pass on the day of the luau.

4  Thank lwj
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