Many tourist will visit a Luau show at least once in Hawaii. These can be great experience based on a traditional Hawaii party. Usually including all you can eat buffet with many interesting foods, cultural activities, open bar, and a show with song, story, and Polynesian dancers. There are 3 in the Kailua – Kona area you might want to consider and several others in the resort area north of town.
Royal Kona Luau, Voyagers of the Pacific
Island Breeze Luau at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
The Haleo Luau Dinner & Show at the Sheraton Kona
There are several others in the resort areas North of Kona including :
Wikoloa Beach Marriot and the Hilton Waikoloa Village
Hilton Wakoloa Village
Free Hula Shows.
Luau’s are a bit pricey and can include large crowds so you may want to try one of the several free hula shows instead (or in addition to). Generally these are performed by students usually children (keiki) and much less formal than a professional Luau, and without the theatrics and buffet, but I always find them quite enjoyable and we make time to see at least one every time we are on island. Please check the web sites to verify dates and times. The following 3 are ones we have seen several times. There are also a variety of cultural activities around at various times of year.
Keauhou Shopping Center
(This is only a short distance to the south of My Dolphin Cove condo.) The hula shows are put on by several different Hula schools in different weeks making it fun to return to one the following week if you are lucky enough to be on island more than a week. Check the web site for specific shows. and other activities including crafts. Fridays 6-7.
Hula dance & fire shows at the Shops at Mauna Lani
Mondays & Thursdays free Polynesian cultural lessons, games, activities & show, performed by Te `E`a O Te Turama, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.They also have activities like lei making. We have seen this several times and although this is a bit of a drive it is quite worth it especially if they have the fire dancing. Monday’s show is “Te Ao Maohi” & Thursday’s show is “Kupaianaha.”
Queens Market Place at Waikoloa Beach Resort.
Mondays Hula Halau
at the Coronation Pavilion 6-7.
“Hula tells Hawaii’s story with the graceful hands of talented dancers, some trained from childhood in this intricate ancient art of dance and chant. At the Queens’ Market Place Coronation Pavilion, we invite island halau (troupes) young and old, to take the stage and share their skills, from the ancient kahiko to modern auana style.”
Halau O Po`ohala 6-7pm