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

17 Reviews
Laura Hendricks
Fontana, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great performance but terrible food"
October, 2018 NEW
The performers were wonderful, they were 5 stars! The location was not terrible but not great. The aquarium did not stay open and we were rushed to see it by 6pm. The luau itself is a fenced in area, not very private. Could see people walking the beach. The food was absolutely terrible. Almost inedible. The pork was over salted. Chicken dry and the appetizers were a joke. I would not recommend anyone attend this for the price paid. Go to Paradise Cove!
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Reserve Hawaii Customer
Milwaukie, OR
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Excellant"
September, 2018 NEW
Lots of fun! Great drinks and a very tastey buffet! I thought there would be a couple more dances to watch, but over all I would definitely come back to this Luau again!
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Tip: Buffet style food and it's a very interactive Luau!

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Michael P.
WHITE PLAINS, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing Experience"
August, 2018
This show is worth every penny! The aquarium was great to start off in. We really enjoyed the walk through. The view from the Luau was incredible! We were right on the beach and we got some amazing pictures of the sun going down. The pre-show activities are really good and the drinks were good. The entire staff was amazing and worked really hard to make sure everyone was having a great time. The MC and band were great. Bring your appetite, there's plenty of food and it was all excellent.

The show was incredible! The performers were incredible and really looked like they were having fun.
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Olivia S.
New York, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"True Hawaiian Experience!"
August, 2018
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
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Rick W
Phoenix, Arizona
"Don't bother"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
Way way over priced. Food was mediocre at best. Better fill your plate quick and don't plan on a chance for seconds. Totally structured. I guess if you never leave Waikiki it might be OK but I take a pass. Folks were pleasant.
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Susan S
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
"Wonderful time, great food!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
This was a great luau with the only farm-to-table food. Authentic, delicious foods, great performers and fun activities. Plus all outdoors and oceanfront so we had a wonderful sunset as well. Highly recommend this!
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WIpaintchip
"Doused with Hawaiian culture!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
When you arrive your check in at the front table at the aquarium entrance. You are then given a wristband for what table and for your appetizer. When it opens then you are shuttled through to take pictures with the dancers which then you have an opportunity to purchase later. Everyone received a lei. The staff are very kind and even walk you to your table and let you know what will all happen. The cultural mats were awesome got to make a lei wristlet and a braided crown! Drinks were fairly strong. We were on our honeymoon and the Master of Ceremonies asked for all couple celebrating love whether an anniversary or a honeymoon to come to the stage. We received a special forever lei made out of nuts after that then you wait for the blessing and then time to go and get food. The food was delicious and it was all you can eat could go back for seconds or thirds. The entertainment was great. A bit dancing from the islands in the area. We were happy with the experience. A couple tips: Parking is atrocious... you might want to look into where you can park and get a Uber or Lyft. Right before the luau watch for the sunset! Be careful on your feet kind of twisted my ankle the uneven ground
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Travel759580
Indianapolis, Indiana
"Amazing Evening"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2018 NEW
I’d read a few reviews, but what I experienced was an amazing night of fantastic music, incredible dancing, and great food. The best pork I’ve ever eaten. The staff & entertainers were friendly, helpful and provided a great evening of entertainment. We highly recommend this luau!
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_cybercop503
Greenville, South Carolina
"Diamond Head Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2018 NEW
I would have given it 5 stars if it had been $75 per person instead of $149 per person. Way overly priced. The food was awesome and so was the entertainment. It was not right on the beach where you could just walk right onto it. There was a block wall and fence. The advertisement showed it right on the beach.
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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.