Waikoloa Marriott Royal Luau
held Wednesdays and Saturdays
on the grounds of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott for the Big
Island's most authentic luau! While watching the sun set over
beautiful Anaehoomalu Bay, enjoy a buffet of traditional Hawaiian
dishes. Salad bar includes Waimea greens, lomi lomi salmon, potato & macaroni salad, namasu, chicken pasta salad, and pineapple. Entrees include kalua pig cooked in an authentic underground imu,
BBQ chicken, shrimp pasta, braised beef ribs, and more! A
dessert bar and open bar for beer, wine, Mai Tais and other mixed
drinks is also included. After dinner, sit back and enjoy a
Polynesian show as the dancers take you to the islands of Tahiti,
New Zealand, Hawaii, and Samoa. The spellbinding Samoan fire dance
is a spectacular sight! If you are staying in downtown Kona this
luau is well worth the drive to Waikoloa! Don't miss it! Adults $102.00, Children (ages 6-12) $48.00, 5 & under free.
A premium reserved seating upgrade is available for $25 per person
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Island Breeze Luau at Courtyard by Marriott (King Kamehameha Hotel)
held Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday all year
The Island Breeze Luau Luau is held at the scenic and historic location of
the King Kameahameha' Kona residence. This luau features the beach arrival of
the Royal Court, demonstrations of coconut husking, a traditional
luau buffet, and full open bar. The show includes dancing from all
over the islands of Polynesia, and concludes with a fire knife
dance. This luau is conveniently located in downtown Kailua-Kona
right next to the harbor on the ocean side of the Kamehameha Beach Hotel.
Adults $85.90, Children (ages 5-12) $42.92, 4 & under free
Premium reserved seating is now available at this luau for $18.40 per adult and $13.15 per child plus tax. This upgrade fee gets you a prefered check-in line, reserved up-front seating, and preferential buffet service (which means you get to eat first!) This upgrade is well worth it ... it is nice to know that you are able to walk in just before the luau starts knowing you will be sitting near the front!
Holiday luau rates are in effect on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve. On those dates the base luau rate is $10 more per adult and child.
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The Gathering of the Kings
This luau is normally held on Saturday evenings. Not available during the months of September and October.
The Gathering of the Kings - a Polynesian feast ... a dramatic performance ... a journey through the Pacific you will never forget!
Join the cast of Island Breeze Dancers and the staff of the Fairmont Orchid Resort for a spectacular evening that combines the Big Island's finest cuisine and her most spectacular Polynesian production.
The experience begins with free valet parking upon your arrival at the Fairmont Orchid, a five-star resort located along the Big Island's Kohala Coast. Drive time from downtown Kailua-Kona is about an hour; from the Waikoloa resorts is about 10 minutes.
The Feast is prepared by the award-winning chef at the Fairmont Orchid. Taste the culinary treasures that are the pride of Polynesia. The buffet features field green salad, marinated mushroom salad, green papaya salad, tropical fruit salad, lomi lomi salmon, ahi poke, poi, seafood luau, kalua pork and cabbage, macademia nut crusted fresh catch fish, papaya ginger roast chicken, purple and gold sweet potato, jasmine rice, and chicken fingers and mac and cheese for the kids. A host of desserts are offered too! The full open bar includes a wide selection of beers, wines, and tropical mixed drinks.
Using a fusion of both traditional Polynesian dance and modern choreography, the Gathering of the Kings retells the story of the settlement of the Hawaiian islands. Beginning in a time when the ocean was yet uncharted, discover how brave people in ancient times carved a path through the vast ocean wilderness to settle here in the most isolated and lively group of islands in the world! The mana (power) of the ali'i (chiefs) is displayed in its fullness as they were linked by the one star that guided them all ... the star of gladness that we call Hokule'a.
Rate: Adults $109, Children (ages 6-12) $75, 5 & under free
Luau held Saturday evenings. A reserved seating upgrade is available for $25 per person and includes priority seating in the front section of tables, pre-dinner appetizers on your table, and preferential luau buffet service (you get to eat first!)
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Luaus are not
possible for cruise ship passengers in port in Kona unless the ship
is spending the night there. NCL passengers have their best
opportunity to do a luau on Maui and you can find access to this
information on our Maui
Which luau to attend on the Big Island? Well, things are getting pretty interesting in the luau scene on the Big Island.
The luau that is creating all the buzz lately is the Gathering of the Kings at the Fairmont Orchid. We just attended this relatively new luau and enthusiatically recommend it to our clients. The buffet is lavish and diverse, fusing creative cuisine with the traditional flavors of Polynesia. The show is really well done; traditional dances from these cultures are presented, and in between the traditional dance is more contemporary dance that ties the plot line of the show together (sort of Cirque du Soleil-esque but without all the flying). Of course the show finale and crowd favorite is the fire knife dancer. All in all it's the best luau experience on the Big Island. Get your reservations early, especially if you'd like to sit in the front reserved seating section.
For those who are staying in Kailua-Kona town or one of the condo properties along Ali'i Drive and you don't relish the idea of an hour drive to and from your luau, you might want to attend the Island Breeze Luau which is held at the King Kamehameha Hotel near the pier at the Kailua-Kona Harbor. This luau offers a feeling of authenticity due to its incredibly historic location. The beachside arrival by canoe of the luau's Royal Court is very unique and makes for great photos. This luau has been voted the "Best Luau on the Big Island" by the readers of West Hawaii Today for seven years in a row. We really appreciate the reserved seating upgrade; for those of you who are reading this a few weeks or more before your arrival you should grab some of these reserved up front seats while you have the chance!
For guests who are staying in Waikoloa, Mauna Lani, or Hapuna, we recommend the Gathering of the Kings. But if a Saturday night doesn't work for your itinerary, there is also a good Wednesday night choice with the luau at the Waikoloa Marriott. While they don't offer the vast selection of the Gathering of the Kings, their food is high quality and they have all the essential luau basics; their kalua pig and Molokai
sweet potatoes are especially tasty. (by the way, Molokai sweet
potatoes have an incredibly deep dark purple color). Be sure to
stroll down by the ancient fishponds ... at sunset on a calm evening
you can get an incredible picture of the palm trees of Anaehoomalu
Beach reflecting onto the water of the fishpond. This luau is
only held twice a week, and advanced reservations are necessary.
If you are staying north of the airport, you don't want to drive all the way into town when the best luau choices are close by. If you are staying south of the airport in Kailua-Kona, you might consider the drive to the Gathering of the Kings. If you aren't up for the drive, get reserved seating at the Island Breeze Luau.