Diamond Head Luau in Honolulu, HI

Waikiki Aquarium2777 Kalakaua AvenueHonolulu, HI 96815
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Overview

Treat yourself to a traditional Hawaiian experience at Diamond Head Luau, located in the foothills of Diamond Head and on the shores of famous Waikiki. This exclusive luau focuses on personalized interaction, fun activities for the family, and a unique retelling of the Polynesian journey highlighting cultural expressions. A Hawaiian meal is served, too, adding to the exotic appeal of the luau.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Show duration: approx. 3 hours.
  • Held beachfront at Waikiki Aquarium.
  • Alcoholic beverages included with show.
  • Hands-on experiences before luau include lei making, Polynesian tattoos, hula lesson and more.
  • Dine on traditional and modern Hawaiian cuisine.

Description

from Diamond Head Luau
Grab your ohana (family) by the hand and walk down the beach to the Waikiki Aquarium in the foothills of Diamond Head for a special evening of food, music, and Hawaiian Culture! At a maximum of 200 Guests, we are proud to be Oahu’s most exclusive luau, focusing on quality and customer interaction. Enjoy a lei greeting, kava cocktails, hula lessons, basket weaving, lei making, Hawaiian tattoo and more before feasting on the best tasting traditional and contemporary Hawaiian food in the State – Catered by Haile’s.

Right as you’re starting to smell the Plumeria and realize that life can’t really get much better, the show begins and takes you on a fun journey through Polynesian Culture and Expression. We look forward to welcoming you and your family into our Hale (home) and sharing together an exciting evening on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach!

Days of Operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Check-in Time: 5:15 pm
Doors Open: 5:30 pm

Cultural Events: 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
- Coconut -headband weaving
- Polynesian tattoos (temporary)
- Hula lesson
- Lei making
- Ukulele lesson

Dinner Buffet: 6:20 pm - 7:00 pm
Showtime: 7:05 pm
End Time: 8:05 pm
*Waikiki aquarium is open until 8:30 pm only for guests of the Diamond Head Luau

Farm to Table:
- Admission to the Waikiki Aquarium (during luau hours)
- Fresh Flower Lei
- Mai Tai greeting
- Two (2) premium drink tickets

Farm to Table Menu:
Locally Sourced Ingredients/Organic Whenever Possible

Pupu Station:
Kauai Sweet Prawns with Mango Salsa, Waianae ahi poke, Tahitian-style poke - Nairagi Poisson Cru in coconut milk, Lomi lomi salmon and poi shooters

Salad Station:
Punalu’u Farms Ho’io (Hawaiian Fern) Caprese Salad, Ho Farms vine-ripened Tomatoes and fresh cucumbers, AJ Farms Baby Romaine Lettuce,
and Akule Pipikaula (Hawaiian style smoked meat).

Hot Food Station:
Grilled Bone-In Kalbi Short Rib (Locally Sourced Grass Fed), Huli Huli (Hawaiian Style) Rotisserie Chicken Breast, Vegan Vegetable Curry with Sautéed Tofu Cubes, and Above ground Kalua Pig carving station

Island Fruit/Dessert Station:
Pineapple/Seasonal Fruit, Maui Chocolate (Locally Sourced) Mousse Shooters and Pono Pie.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks:
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Canada Dry, Bottle Water, Juice (Pineapple, Orange, Guava, Lilikoi Passion, Strawberry Guava)

Drink Menu:
Full Bar with assorted Beer, White and Red Wine, Mai Tai, Mango Daquiri and Blue Hawaii.

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

14 Reviews
Olivia S.
New York, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"True Hawaiian Experience!"
August, 2018 NEW
This was my second time to the Diamond Head Luau and it was even better than the first! The performance is always so fun and educational but the food this time around was exceptional! I loved the buffet style. You can try a bit of everything and it was all so flavorful. A great selection of cocktails too. The atmosphere, the people, nothing is ever too difficult for the crew. Loved it. And I'd even go back for a third.
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Tip: Be curious. There are a few activities around the seating area that you can participate in prior to the show. Lei making, play a ukelele etc. but can be easily missed if not pointed out to you. Explore to see what else you can experience :)

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William Arbaugh
Lexington, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience in the shadow of Diamond Head"
July, 2018 NEW
Our party of four had a great time at the Luau. The location was a short trip from our Waikiki Beach hotel. The venue was great--just a few steps from the beach. We all enjoyed the farm to table food. The entertainment was fun and educational. We were not traveling with children but the kids in attendance had a great time with the pre-show activities. Great food, great entertainment, great location.
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Cynthia Mohiuddin
Portland, OR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic Food"
July, 2018
The food is delicious. The way they handle the drink tickets with up sell is a little annoying.
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Sue Lherpiniere
AU
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Luaua"
June, 2018
Had a great time. Took my adult son to show him something different. We both enjoyed the night. Food was good. Some drinks included.
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Riya Shrestha
burke, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Diamond Head Luau"
June, 2018
We had a beautiful experience. good food and good performance
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Reserve Hawaii Customer
Aspen, CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Pleasant Experience"
May, 2018
This was our second luau and first one in Oahu. I chose this luau because of the farm to table menu, the location and the fact that did not seem to be very crowded. Overall, the luau was a pleasant experience: great dinner food, three free alcoholic drinks per person (one mai tai only), nice entertainment, nice location by the sea, the fact that the luau takes place at the Waikiki aquarium gives you the opportunity to visit the aquarium which is small and has a large amount of fish species in very well kept environments for the fish (I'd not go to an aquarium that holds dolphins or other larger animals because I do not support captivity). On the other hand, they only offered two (tiny and not so good) dessert options, the interactive activities offered, such as the lei crafting activity, seemed kind of rushed and done without much enthusiasm. Besides, the welcome mai tai, they give you two passes for alcoholic drinks but they do not tell you that there's only two types of drinks you can ask for as the two 'included' options, i.e. rum and coke and a coconut vodka/pineapple other. All the other drinks, including mai tais, are $3 extra in cash. We did not know and did not bring cash with us and the guy at the bar was a little rude because of it...But, we are not big drinkers so it worked okay. They have to improve the food catering service...the wait is too long and the long line quite unacceptable for an over $150 meal with entertainment. Overall, a good experience but there's always room for improvement. A last pro, free on-site parking if you arrive early..;)
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Tip: Be patient and don't expect fast service..

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Richard Morris
Gardena, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Making Memories great Luau"
April, 2018
Checking in was easy, photo pic at beginning (smart) Aquarium to visit, all sorts of activities at first to connect, Food was bountiful and great, Host was funny, entertaining, this luau of cultural people really knew how to connect with the audience for those that came to enjoy a good time. .
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Tip: Come with the anticipation of participating.

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Terrell Thompson
Dallas, TX
1 Review
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"#hawaiifive0"
February, 2018
It was awesome i was celebrating my 50th birthday jan 7th..we had great seat 3 table center..the show was amazing.
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Tip: The show and the staff

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Riclock
Adelaide, Australia
"Glad we chose this Luau!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2018 NEW
Although slightly more pricey than the other Luaus, this one was definitely worth it. All tickets are VIP seating and it felt like a really intimate show. We really appreciated the organiser’s effort to provide a sustainable and environmentally friendly service. The food was all farm to table and locally sourced (not to mention delicious!!) and all of the cutlery and plates were biodegradable - even the pineapple cocktail glasses! The only negative is that we all needed disposable plastic emergency ponchos as the rain didn’t hold off for us. I’m sure they will find a more sustainable solution to this soon though? The Luau was conveniently located walking distance from Waikiki and if it didn’t already sound good enough, you have the opportunity to walk around Waikiki Aquarium before the show. Finally, if you go on Friday night you can see the free fireworks and sunset across Waikiki beach after the show. Would highly recommend.
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holidaychaser2011
Edmonton, Canada
"Great Time"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2018 NEW
We went to a wedding on the North Shore and a couple days later there was a Luau booked at Diamond Head with about 36 attending. It was very well run with great entertainment, food and fun. I would recommend this Luau but we did not get a chance to go through the aquarium as the advertising indicated (you were given about 20 mins once the doors opened). Still a positive experience and a great setting overlooking Waikiki beach.
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jeepifer
Champlin, Minnesota
"Wonderful Luau conveniently located right in Waikiki"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2018 NEW
We were looking for a Luau that didn't require an excursion or long trip to attend, and found this gem right in Waikiki, on the grounds of the Aquarium. The host was ah-mazing. Funny, personable, and entertaining. The food was delicious. And of course, what can I say about the show, except WOW! I would definitely recommend it, and we hope see it again on another trip.
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T-2SanDiego
San Diego
"Our absolute favorite of 4 Luau's"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2018 NEW
This was our first visit to Diamond Head Luau but I am comparing it to our luaus at Polynesian cultural center (lasts late), Chiefs, & Paradise Cove (2nd fav- have been 3 times). So many things to love, the smaller crowd means you are Much closer to the show. We didn't have as much time tied up getting to and from as it was much closer than the other 3. If the walk worries you we did notice there is a bus stop right out front of the Aquarium site and buses 14, 19,20 &22 stop there. But a neat walk and you just stay right along the beach front heading towards Diamond Head, there are signs for the Aquarium. Check in started right at 5 and we lined up once we had our wrist bands, enjoyed the little aquarium, entry is at 5:20. Favorite points are the super fun staff and the array of things to experience from the poi balls, frond weaving, ukulele, 4 other instruments, hula class and the BEST food of Any of the Luaus we have ever attended. None of the others even came close. Also because they limit the number of guests, the show is much closer, and those 2 young fire dancers they have are beyond belief. The only one we haven't tried is Germaines but after this one, we won't consider anywhere else. Perfect evening for us. They do take a picture when you arrive but there is no hard push or upsells, plus you can take pictures with the entertainers at the end of the night with your own cameras, I can't find a single thing to fault. Okay, maybe I wished for a tiny sweet but my waistline thanks you! Best Meal Ever.
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Cindy H
Melbourne, Australia
"Great night, very enjoyable"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2018 NEW
My family and I enjoyed this very much. Our girls enjoyed making a lei and weaving a headpiece. All the staff and host were very friendly and inviting. Walking distance from anywhere in Waikiki. We were stay up the other end but enjoyed the walk to and from. We found the food was really nice and plenty to be had. The show was fantastic and very entertaining. Would definitely recommend.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Diamond Head Luau

What time should we arrive for check-in?
Check-in starts at 5:00 pm and the doors open at 5:15 pm.


What is the difference between Deluxe and VIP seating?
VIP seating includes the first 2 rows in front of the stage, deluxe seating starts on third row and back.

Is transportation included?
No, transportation is not included.


Does my child under 3 years need a ticket?
No, they are free and considered a lap child.


Is the Aquarium included with my luau ticket?
Yes, the Waikiki Aquarium is open until 8:30 pm only for guests of the Luau.


Where is the parking located?
Parking is available through metered street parking on the left-hand (park) side of Kalakaua Ave. A very limited number of free parking stalls are located in front of the Waikiki Aquarium entrance.