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“Thank goodness our tickets were free.”

Waikiki Starlight Luau
Ranked #12 of 34 Concerts & Shows in Honolulu
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Reviewed August 15, 2009

My wife and daughter attended this luau with the free tickets we got as part of our 7th night free with luau package we booked with the Hilton.

On Friday nights they do a small show by the pool and then shoot off fireworks. These are many of the same performers you see in the luau. After watching that, I knew that I personally didnt want to spend another $200 to get two more tickets and my other daughter and decided two of us would just grab a nice dinner out somewhere.

I ended up eating at Kobe Japanese steakhouse which was excellent and didn't cost nearly as much as two more luau tickets would.

My wife said they took forever to seat you (they had to stop and take pictures of you to try to sell later), that the food was just average and the show was just ok too. She said several guests actually left early from the luau. She said if we had spent $400 for four tickets that I would have been let down big time.

Finally, if you have a room facing the parking garage like we did in the tapa tower, you can watch the show free from your balcony.

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Reviewed July 5, 2009

We attended the Waikiki Starlight Luau while honeymooning at the Hilton Hawaiian Village the week of 6/20 through 6/27/09. We had been considering attending a luau the following week in Maui but we decided to go ahead and go to this one because we were getting free tickets. If you sit through the 90 min Hilton timeshare presentation, you get two tickets to this luau or $100 credit to spend at the hotel shops/restaurants. We figured why not? Tickets for this luau are $95 pp, as posted on their website.

The timeshare presentation was a thing that we could have done without but we had time the first morning we were there so we went. I'll save that for another time to ramble on about.

We went to the luau on Thurs night. It's on top of the convention center ROOF. Yes, that's right folks -- the roof. Not thinking anything of this at first, I really wondered what we got ourselves into by the time we were up there. Every direction you looked there was a hi-rise building. All guests are asked to meet up at the little chapel on HHV's property and listen for the conch shell being blown. Then they walk you all across the property and up several escalators to the top of the roof. The first thing we see are hula dancers and they take a photo of you with them (for sale afterwards for $20).

You notice that there is absolutely NO SHADE all around because hec -- you are on a ROOF. Bring your sunscreen and sunglasses! We are immedately seated and the waitstaff brings around watered down drinks. Two free ones are included with each ticket for the show. I don't recall how much they were charging for additional drinks, but I do recall it was very expensive.

While everyone is being herded onto the roof and into seats, they offer free tatoos for everyone which are hand drawn. They look pretty cool but I found out later that the tatoo artists were drawing them on people with Sharpie markers. Seriously. Sharpies. Also, they have hula dancers spinning these things on ropes and they offer to teach the kids (or whomever wants to try) how to spin them.

They MC does some talking, explains what the agenda is for the evening. Then they go table by table telling you when it's your turn to get food from the buffet. There's a different buffet for kids with tater tots and other kids foods. The food was plentiful and somewhat flavorful, but it was just average.

Oh.. I forgot to mention... when you first arrive at your table there are plates with the desserts already sitting on the tables! If you choose to eat them first, you won't have a dessert for later. Nobody tells anyone this! Desserts were mango/papaya tarts, coconut layerd cake, some fruity layered cake and I don't remember what else.

The show starts, they entertainers themselves are okay. They do several attire changes and there are fire dancers and all that jazz.. When night falls, it makes you forget that the backdrop of everything is an old 70s looking condo building in the background (see the photos I've uploaded).

Our waitstaff was terrible. We had to flag them down for drinks and water. They never served coffee to us, although the waiter at the next table over was hustling and running around and really on the ball. We wished we had him instead of the two guys we got.

The night ends early... I think it was like 9pm. If I had paid money to see this show, I would have not been at all pleased.

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