Chief's Luau

The new luau everyone is talking about!

Chief's Luau photo with Chief Sielu

Have your photo taken with Chief Sielu

Chief's Luau making a head lei

Learn how to weave native plants into a head lei

Chief's Luau Hawaiian game

Tossing spears ... not at each other though!

Chief's Luau making fire

Kids learn how to make fire - the old fashioned way

Chief's Luau making fire

Dad trying his hand at firemaking too

Chief's Luau bar

The Chief's Luau bar mixes up a mean Mai Tai

Chief's Luau imu ceremony

Gathered around the imu to welcome the guest of honor ...

Chief's Luau kalua pig

...this juicy delicious pig cooked underground in banana leaves

Chief's Luau oceanview location

Chief's Luau enjoys a remarkable oceanview location

Chief's Luau Makapuu lighthouse view

Surrounded by majestic cliffs with view of Makapuu lighthouse

Chief's Luau after sunset

Chief Sielu captivates with tales of Polynesia

Chief's Luau stage

Ancient hula performed by torchlight

Chief's Luau Fijian dancers

Fijian dancers spend more time in the air than on the ground

Chief's Luau Tahitian dancers

Tahitian dancers wow the crowd with frenzied hip shaking

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This is Oahu’s most intimate and authentic luau experience! Chief Sielu’s luau is the most highly rated luau on Oahu on Trip Advisor! Join Chief Sielu and his tribe for an unforgettable experience of Polynesian culture at Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park. Set in the scenic Makapu‘u Meadow, surrounded by cliffs and the azure blue Pacific ocean, your luau experience here will be unlike anything else on the island of Oahu. There are no city lights, high rise hotels, or shopping malls for miles. The setting here is natural and wild, the way Hawaii is meant to be experienced! Yet this location is just 25 minutes from downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, about 10 minutes north of Hanauma Bay on Oahu’s eastern shore.

Chief Sielu is regarded as the premier Polynesian entertainer … he is known for humor and engaging the audience throughout the luau experience. Upon entry be greeted with a shell, kukui nut, or flower lei (depending on the package you select) and have your photo taken with the Chief. The evening begins with a variety of cultural experiences; learn how to weave headwear or dance the hula, throw spears at a target, even make fire without using matches or lighters!

Before dinner gather around the firepit to watch the evening’s guest of honor welcomed … the juicy and succulant pig cooked over hot rocks and buried in banana leaves. Then enjoy a traditional local luau buffet: Island Greens with Mandarin Oranges, Radish Sprouts, Crisp Rice Noodles, & Asian Dressing, Seasonal Fruit Salad, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Taro Rolls, Poi, Crisp Vegetable Stir Fry, Sweet Potatoes, Steamed White Rice, Grilled Island Fish w/ Macadamia Nut Creme Sauce, Chicken Yakitori w/ Teriyaki Sauce, Kalua Pork, Pineapple Cake, Coffee, tea, and fruit punch are included, and a bar is available for beer, wine, and Mai Tais.

After dinner you’ll be mesmerized by the dazzling show featuring dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, and Samoa. The culmination of your evening is World Champion Fire Knife Dancer Chief Sielu and his tribe filling the night sky with FIRE! Don’t be surprised to see him toss a flaming sword directly over the crowd to be caught by another cast member standing on the other side of the tables.
Chief Sielu has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman, The Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, MTV, and recently was featured in an episode of CBS’s The Amazing Race. He became internationally known as the “Coconut Man” during his 20 years at the Samoan Village at the Polynesian Cultural Center. He now offers that experience for you just 25 minutes away from downtown Honolulu and Waikiki.

Standard Luau

A shell lei greeting upon arrival, one drink ticket per person, pre-luau cultural activities, Imu ceremony, luau dinner buffet, and of course the show. Standard luau seating is off to the side of the main stage.

Paradise Package

All the features of the standard luau plus the following – a kukui nut lei greeting, two drink tickets per person, and center section seating for dinner and the show. Paradise Package guests also go through the luau buffet line ahead of the Standard Luau seating section.

Royal Package

This premium package includes a brief mini-tour of Sea Life Park’s dolphin, shark, and sea turtle displays, a fresh flower lei greeting, three drink tickets per person, and front and center seating closest to the stage for the dinner and show. Royal Package guests are given full table service so they do not need to go through the buffet line, but are free to head to the buffet for seconds or thirds.

General Information
Schedule: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. (no luau on Christmas Eve)

Reservations: Advanced reservations required – this is a popular luau!

Check In: 4:30pm at Sea Life Park

GPS: 41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795 Click to view map

Luau includes: Buffet feast, beverages, drink tickets that are included with your package are good for one Mai Tai each (or beer or wine or soda) … additional drinks may be purchased.

What to Bring & Wear: Casual resort attire

Transportation: Round trip transportation from Waikiki is available for an extra $13.75 per person for all of these packages. Toddlers 4 and under are free for any luau package as well as transportation. Parking at Sea Life Park is $5 per vehicle for guests who drive themselves to the luau.

Special Menu: Vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, and peanut free menus available upon request.

Note: Children under 4 attend for free and get their own seat and plate of food.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

chiefs luau imu
Gather around Chief's luau imu
ancient hula
Watch riveting ancient hula

CChief's Luauruise Ship Passengers

If you are extending your stay with extra days in Honolulu before or after your cruise, you can attend Chief Sielu’s Luau. If your ship stays overnight in Honolulu, transportation is available from the Aloha Tower at 3:30pm.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Three of our staff attended Chief’s Luau on 1/6/2013 and we are now pleased to offer this event to our guests with our highest recommendation. Without question this is a completely different luau experience than any other on Oahu. Forget about luau shows where you are herded around with 1500 other paying guests! This is not a giant outdoor luau stadium that is so large you need a pair of binoculars to watch the show. There are no high rise condos or hotels to spoil the view. This is a luau the way it was meant to be enjoyed … ocean, wind, sky, cliffs, grass … the luau starts on a more natural note than any other on this island by far!

Then there is the cast … they are more interactive and involved with the guests throughout the entire evening than any other luau we’ve experienced. Don’t be surprised when the same tatooed guy who is giving you instructions on how to weave a headband out of palm fronds is on the stage an hour later performing the Samoan slap dance. This luau feels more authentic because Chief Sielu and his tribe ARE authentic … it really seems like these guys would be sitting around doing this anyway, whether you or anybody else was there to watch or not! And it is clear that they are not in a hurry to go home. This luau is not scripted like the others … Chief Sielu narrates the event and he sets the pace and tone of the evening.

We also appreciate the lighting at this luau. The stage lighting is modest … thankfully there are no colored gels at this show! There is just enough lighting to highlight the dancers, and the white light greatly improves any photos or video you take of the performances.

We’ve seen a lot of Samoan fire knife dances in our day, but this is the first time we’ve seen one where the flame that lights the first torch is started on stage by the Chief rubbing sticks together until a coconut husk begins to smolder and then is fanned into a ball of flames! It’s certainly more authentic than lighting them with a Bic!

Food at this luau was very good, especially the pulled pork. The buffet doesn’t have as many items as some others, especially for those who are vegetarians. But that’s really the strength of this luau … its focus is on quality rather than quantity. There aren’t as many drink choices, there aren’t as many different items on the menu, there is only one kind of dessert … but everything they serve is quality and you are here for Oahu’s most authentic and intimate luau, not the one with the longest buffet table. That definitely wouldn’t be authentic.

Of the three packages, we recommend the middle one. The Paradise package gets you center section seating (although not as close to the stage as the Royal Package). We prefer to go through the luau buffet line rather than having the food served to us on a plate, which is a feature of the Royal package.

A word about the drink tickets that are included with each package. The bar here doesn’t have a wide selection of drinks … but the Mai Tais they mix are the best we’ve had at a luau. The drink tickets that are included with your package are good for one Mai Tai each (or beer or wine or soda) … additional drinks may be purchased. The Mai Tai that comes with a drink ticket is about half the size of a Mai Tai that is purchased with cash. You’re there for quite a while … remember we said that nobody’s in a hurry to go home.  Well, over the course of four hours two half size Mai Tais might not cut it for you, so do anticipate buying one or two drinks while you are there.
While this luau is held at Sea Life Park, they are two separate events. If you want a quick glimpse of what Sea Life Park has to offer, you do get to see dolphins, sharks, and turtles during the mini-tour on the Royal Package. But this only scratches the surface of Sea Life Park. To watch all of their shows and enjoy their displays fully, or to arrange a swim with Dolphins experience, see our Sea Life Park page.

Chief Sielu has offered this luau one night a week in Ko Olina, but that show is not open to the general public. We’re glad he’s got this second venue so that everyone has a chance to enjoy his unique mix of multi-cultural humor, respect for all the lands of Polynesia, and his desire to communicate knowledge of of his world with those who visit Hawaii.

Other fun luau options are Paradise Cove Luau & Hilton Waikiki Starlight Luau. If you prefer something different than a luau, we suggest you try The Magic of Polynesia.