Luau - Oahu and Hawaii
My wife and I will be leaving for Hawaii in a couple of days. We will be going to Hawaii and Oahu. I've searched everywhere and it seems that the meals at the various luaus are spotty at best.
I'll have a car so transportation/location is not a problem. I really want to go to a luau. Since I'll be going to these two islands, where should I go?
Went back home a few years ago and acted as tourist guide for the wife and kids who basically are typical mainlanders. We did the Germaine and Polynesian Cultural Center luaus which are your basic commercial packages. Both were entertaining especially if one is in the islands for the first time. Food, drinks, and entertainment are all included and if I'm not mistaken, so is transportation. Hard to say which one is the best since they all try hard to beat one another. Have fun!
here is a list..
The Royal Hawaiian Luau [Honolulu]
Germaine's Luau [South West]
Paradise Cove Luau [West]
Waikiki starlet luau [Waikiki]
Island Breeze Luau [Kailua-Kona]
Hilton Waikoloa Village
Gathering of the kings
I would try to find one that a neighborhood church group was doing as a fund raiser.
Might want to try the Star Advertiser. I think they post announcements mid-week.
2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
Paradise Cove Luau
1860 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 401, Honolulu, HI 96815
Hilton Waikoloa Village
69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa, HI 96738
We had hoped to try the HHV Lu`au, but had to cancel the trip. We try one every few years, just to keep current. The only commercial ones that have ever impressed, on the food end, have been the Old Lahaina and Feast of Le`le, but both are on Maui. The ultimate was an event at Sea Life Park, but that was a one-off special for an international sales conference. It was just down right spectacular. Have never been to the regular lu`au there, but doubt that it would be any better than the rest.
While we love the Polynesian Cultural Center, their lu`au, such that it is, is NOT worth the calories. Last visit, we ducked out and ate well off-site.There is not much over there, so we drove back to Honolulu and dined late. Great shows, and great info, visiting the "villages"vwith the young folk, ready to share their culture, but the food is not worth the time.
I strongly agree with finding a real, local lu`au (look on the bulletin board at the nearby grocery store, or look in the Classified ads), and enjoying. Most groups will welcome you as ohana, so long as you are respectful. The dance is great, and the food is better, but the shows are no where nearly as theatrical, as the commercial sites.
Though I am a Mainlander, and only a tourist, I have attempted to gather lu`au advice from each island, to help others. Not much good advice out there, even from the locals. Even some, who produce the local lu`aus, and promote dance troupes, have much to offer. I finally gave up, and just try to work one in, every couple of trips. I seldom expect to find good, let alone great food.
Travel safely, enjoy and please post a report on where you go, and how it was, as others WILL benefit from your post.