Chief's Luau at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo Oahu, HI

Chief's Luau at Sea Life Park41-202 Kalanianaole HwyWaimanalo Oahu, HI 96795
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From Sea Life Park’s private Makapu’u Meadows and its breathtaking panoramic backdrop, experience a lu’au like none other with Chief Sielu and his tribe of fire twirling, tree climbing, comedic, dynamic Polynesian drummers, dancers and entertainers.

Interact with your Pacific Island hosts as you enjoy interactive Hawaiian crafts, hula lessons, weaving, tattooing and more, then sink your teeth into a lavish lu'au feast. Your evening culminates with the Hawaiian extravaganza of your dreams with Chief Sielu, the original World Champion Fire Knife Dancer and widely regarded as the best and funniest Polynesian entertainer in the South Pacific!

Chief Sielu has appeared on David Letterman, Travel & Discovery Channels, and Oprah Winfrey. He starred in the movie Chief featured at the Sundance Film Festival, and threw the flaming spear that ignited the Olympic torch at a pre-Olympic ceremony in Salt Lake City.

Chief Sielu is internationally known as “The Coconut Man” for his 20 years at the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Samoan Village and star World Champion Fire Knife Dancer at their evening show. He is also known as the “Ambassador of Polynesia” and “That Polynesian Comedian.”

What Makes Chief’s Luau Different
  • Upscale, Wednesdays & Sundays only

  • Quality, not quantity

  • Magnificent panoramic view

  • Adjacent to world famous Sea Life Park

  • Only 25 minutes from Waikiki

  • Short drive along scenic coastline

  • No H-1 rush hour traffic (compared to 1 hr 20 min drive to West Oahu on weekdays)

  • No high rise condos or hotels for miles

Ticket Packages
  • Standard Package includes standard seating area, buffet, 1 drink ticket, and shell lei greeting.

    • Paradise Package includes paradise seating area, buffet, 2 drink tickets, and Kukui nut lei greeting.

      • Royal Package includes Royal seating area, table service, 3 drink tickets, and flower lei greeting, as well as, a mini-tour of three exhibits at Sea Life Park

      • Bus: Roundtrip on deluxe motorcoaches, 9 Waikiki pick up locations, $13 (children 2 & under ride free)

      • Car: Sea Life Park, 41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795. Parking $5.

      Schedule of Luau Festivities
      • 3:30-4:00pm: Waikiki hotel pick ups

      • 4:30pm: Gates open, activities

      • 5:15pm: 'Imu Ceremony

      • 5:45pm: 'Ava ceremony

      • 6:00pm: Hawaiian Lu’au Feast

      • 7:00pm: Chief's Lu'au Spectacular!

      • 8:45pm: Buses loaded

      • 9:15-9:30pm: Waikiki hotel drop offs

      • Island Greens with Mandarin Oranges, Radish Sprouts, Crisp Rice Noodles, Citrus Dressing

      • Seasonal Fruit Salad

      • Lomi Lomi Salmon

      • Taro Rolls

      • Poi

      • Crisp Vegetable Stir Fry

      • Steamed White Rice

      • Grilled Island Fish w/ Papaya Marmalade

      • Chicken Yakitori w/ Teriyaki Sauce

      • Garlic Mashed Potatoes

      • Kalua Pork

      • Pineapple Cake

      • Coffee, hot tea, iced tea, fruit punch

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TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
We had a fun November night and were called up on the stage and presented with flowers. It was a lovely evening and our bus driver was informative and helpful.
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Leesburg, Virginia
"Great Entertainment, OK Food Luau Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
We had a really nice time with friends as we visited HI for the first time and got to share four hours at Chief's one evening. Such fun! Everyone had a good time. The venue seats hundreds, and it was a bit chaotic and tight at times. That only added to the charm for me. I gave it four vs. five for the food. Not much variety and it was good but not great. At the price, I expected better. Still, I would really recommend Chief's as a great way to spend the evening with family and friends.
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Melbourne, Australia
"Loved it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
Chief’s Luau was one of the highlights of my Hawai’i trip! Started off with the bus pick up with “K” who was an absolute pleasure. Told us stories about Hawai’i and the Hawaiian culture we hadnt heard on previous tours. We had the Royal seating which was amazing. The Chief was brilliant and the food was pretty good. I’m a vegetarian and there were plenty of things i could eat which was my biggest worry. Had an absolutely fantastic night. Big shoutout to the gorgeous K who checked in on us throughout the night and made sure we were having a good time!!! :)
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San Diego, California
"This isn't a Luau, it's OHANA"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
I have been coming to Hawaii since I was a kid, and I have been to MANY Luaus, last night is the first time I felt like family OHANA. I felt as if a Hawaiian family had invited me to their feast and I was an honorary family member. This was THE BEST Luau I have ever been to. Even though this is a very professional operation, I still felt as if it was this casual BBQ with live music. Let me explain why. Everyone is so lovely and genuinely happy to see you. You feel the love from the moment you arrive (we drove ourselves, so we didn't get to bond with a cultural ambassador). We were warmly greeted and taken straight in for leis, refreshments and photos. Then you are escorted to your table, they are simple folding tables and stackable chairs, but trust me, they are comfortable and stable and you forget all about them once the party starts. Once you know where you are seated, walk around the area. There is so much to see and do. The men learned how to throw a Polynesian javelin, and competed. You can create your own coconut leaf crown, get a tattoo (kid friendly), shop for handcrafted items and take fabulous photos, because this location at sunset is spectacular. Then we meet the Chief (MC) for the night, who is the life and soul of this evening. This man is so talented and so SO much fun. He had me belly laughing all night long, I'm talking the turtles could hear me laughing. Of course you get to eat from the plentiful buffet before the actual show starts. The food was delicious. It all tasted homemade, and since Hawaiians are used to feeding large groups of people on the regular, this never tasted catered, or "changed" for a large crowd. Their pork is the best I've ever had on Hawaii. And it's all you can eat, so come hungry. Now let's talk about the performances. WOW WOW WOW, they are so good. They really do a great job walking you through the history of Polynesia, and the various islands represented. They show you dances and traditions from each region, its very exciting. The night ends with a spectacular show of fire dancing, including a female fire dancer. She is SO GOOD, I filmed her, because that is a very rare occurrence. I love that the Polynesians do not turn their backs on the women, she is as much a warrior as the men. They put on a great show, but I don't know how to express this well. I felt as if they were not putting on a show, as much as they were celebrating their culture and we just happened to be there watching. It was never forced or put on, it was just magical. This evening touched my heart in a way that I haven't had touched in a very VERY long time. I really believe the Polynesians are one of the best cultures in our world and I felt honored to spend time in their home with them. If you only have time for one evening out, THIS IS THE ONE.
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Maja H
"Too expensive for what it is"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
I would have enjoyed this experience if it wasn't so expensive. The drinks were watered down. The food was decent but not memorable. The show was fun and the fire dancing is amazing but I was disappointed considering how expensive it was. Drinks and food should be better if you're charging that many people over $100 minimum to attend.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chief's Luau at Sea Life Park

What is the difference between the ticket types available?

Here is what is included with each ticket type:
Standard Package:
Standard Seating Section (Side Location)
Hawaiian Luau Buffet
1 Drink Ticket

Paradise Package:
Paradise Seating Section (Middle Location)
Hawaiian Luau Buffet (first through)
2 Drink Tickets
Royal Package:
Royal Seating Section (Front Location)
Souvenir Arrival Photo - 1 per party
Hawaiian Luau - Table Service
3 Drink Tickets

What is featured on the luau menu?
Island Greens with Mandarin Oranges, Radish Sprouts, Crisp Rice Noodles, & Citrus Dressing; Seasonal Fruit Salad, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Taro Rolls, Poi, Crisp Vegetable Stir Fry, Steamed White Rice, Grilled Island Fish w/ Papaya Marmalade, Chicken Yakitori w/ Teriyaki Sauce, Kalua Pork, Pineapple Cake, Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced Tea, Fruit Punch. Items are subject to change. Cash bar available.