Paradise Cove Luau in Kapolei, HI

Paradise Cove92-1089 Alii Nui DriveKapolei, Oahu, HI 96707
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Overview

Paradise Cove Luau gives guests a truly authentic Hawaiian experience, complete with dining and entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Guests of the luau are welcomed to the property’s 12 stunning oceanfront acres with traditional Hawaiian music, singing and dancing by award-winning performers, arts, crafts, an evening feast, and fun shows and activities, including the Shower of Flowers, Hukilau on the Beach and the Imu Ceremony.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kapolei, Oahu Travel Experts
  • If you're driving on your own, arrive early to pariticipate in all the pre-luau acitivities.
  • Wearing flats, sandals or flip flops makes it easier to walk around in the sand.
  • Listen for the conch shell to direct you to the various events.

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Insights from Reserve Direct's own team members

Christie Shimabuku

Great luau with many activities for the whole family. Test your warrior skills with spear throwing (O`o `ihe) and rolling stone disks (Ulu Maika) or if you're feel crafty, string a strand of flowers to wear. Ride in an Outrigger Canoe around the Cove and partake in the Hukilau to add to your fun filled evening. Purchase the transportation to avoid driving in traffic.

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Description

from Paradise Cove Luau
Serving Hawaii's malihini (guests) and kama'aina (locals) for more than 20 years, Paradise Cove is one of the largest and most respected luau shows in Hawaii. Located at the beautiful Ko Olina Resort on the leeward coast of O'ahu, Paradise Cove features brilliant sunset views from our 12-oceanfront acres.

A tropical Mai Tai greeting and live Hawaiian music set the festive mood of the evening. Casually stroll through the Hawaiian Village and learn the Arts & Crafts of the islands or test your skills at our Hawaiian Games.

After the delightful Shower of Flowers, participate in the Hukilau on the Beach and learn the net fishing techniques of old Hawai'i. Witness the pageantry of the Royal Court Procession and the time-honored techniques of underground oven cooking at the Imu Ceremony.

The evening continues with a feast in the company of friends, old and new. Bring your appetite to fully enjoy Paradise Cove's extensive menu which tastefully blends the best of traditional Hawaiian dishes, local favorites, and continental cuisine.

With the most spectacular Hawaiian sunset as a backdrop, our award-winning performers will entertain and amaze you with an unforgettable display of songs and dances of Hawai'i and Polynesia at the incomparable Paradise Cove Extravaganza.

Hawaiian Luau Buffet Package
The Standard ticket includes welcome Mai Tai and shell lei greeting, wing seating, Cove Card and a buffet-style Hawaiian luau dinner and interactive entertainment and night show.

Orchid Luau Buffet Package
The Orchid Package welcome Mai Tai and fresh flower lei greeting, buffet-style Hawaiian luau dinner, Cove Card and interactive entertainment and preferred seating for the dinner and night show.

Deluxe Luau Package
The Deluxe Package includes welcome Mai Tai and fresh flower lei or Kukui Nut lei greeting, souvenir arrival photo (one per person), table service, souvenir gift, interactive entertainment and seating in the front row (directly in front of the stage) for the dinner and the night show.

Each package includes a "Cove Card" for admission into the Luau and will have a dollar amount (per package) that can be used towards drinks at the bar, photographs (excluding bird vendor), and the merchandise from our Marketplace.
• Hawaiian Luau Package: Adult $12 Youth/Child $8 (value)
• Orchid Luau Package: Adult $16 Youth/Child $12 (value)
• Deluxe Luau Package: Adult $24 Youth/Child $18 (value)

Gates open at 5:00 pm and ends around 9:00 pm. (Please note start/end times may vary)

Transportation is not included. If you purchased transportation, a Reserve Direct representative will contact you directly after purchase to arrange your pick-up location/time.

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

41 Reviews
Kim Everett
Glen Burnie, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Paradise Cove"
August, 2018 NEW
Our family had a great time at Paradise Cove to experience an Hawaiian luau. The entertainment was excellent and captures the Hawaiian culture perfectly. The food was amazing. Thank-you for a great time!
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Tip: The doors open at 5 which is heavy traffic time if going on a weekday. Allot plenty of time to get there.

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Suzette L.
Hanford, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Enjoying a beautiful luau"
July, 2018 NEW
My friend and I were on a girls trip, and we had been to a luau before the previous summer in Maui. But I told her it was nothing compared to Paradise cove. Having been there 18 yrs earlier with my husband. Afterward she said I agree this was the best one
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Doug Boyett
Houston, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good Time!"
July, 2018 NEW
We had a good time but felt like the luau lasted too long. The net casting and boat events were not entertaining, but we’re a bit cheesy. The first two or three songs did not keep the group’s attention. I think if you consolidated it, you’d have a more efficient and entertaining event. Overall, we enjoyed it, but was ready for it to end, even as the show was getting really good. The fire artist was amazing!
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Tip: This is about a six hour commitment. The artists really sing and the pork was good stuff.

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Dayeon Kim
New York , NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES I'VE EVER DONE!!"
July, 2018
I got Cove Luau tickets for my parents 40 years anniversaries. Also, it was my mom and my birthday celebrations. Upon the arrival, there are so many activities for couples, friends, and families - hula learning on the stage, dancing with a romantic Hawaiian song under the so many stars, being decorated by pretty flowers, etc. We took a lot of amazing photos (this event place is beautiful) and there were so many romantic moments for EVERYONE! They try to cover every celebration and occasions. I was very impressed and I was very happy that I took my parents there!!! Thank you!!
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Tip: BE READY TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVITIES BY ARRIVING THERE EALIER! ALSO, BE READY TO PARTICIPATE ROMATIC AND FUN ACTIVITIES DURING THE SHOW!!

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Robin Shapiro
Westlake Village , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"BEST LUAU EXPERIENCE"
July, 2018
Our family trip to Hawaii was much anticipated by our whole family of 9. The Luau was for my 72nd birthday and it was truly the highlight of our Hawaiian journey. There are many Luaus to choose from on the Island of Oahu but Paradise Cove checked all our boxes and then some. It was a great evening for us all which ranged from age 5 - 72! First were the games and craft tables, then the delicious buffet dinner and the show, which was fabulous. My 12 year old grandson especially enjoyed the fire dancers in the show and my 8 year old granddaughter and I got on stage to learn the hula. It was truly a great experience for us all and we highly recommend it to anyone coming to Hawaii looking for the best Luau on the Island!
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Tip: Dress comfortably with comfortable shoes

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Sarah Sheskey
Westerville , OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"So much fun!!"
June, 2018
We did the deluxe package and it was awesome. A little pricy but the food was good, service was great and the show was a lot of fun.
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Tip: They will accommodate for dietary restrictions

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Mary Currenti
AU
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Paradise Cove Luau is the one to do."
June, 2018
From the moment you are picked up at a convienient destination for you, you are treated so well regardless of the level of seating you choose. There are no bad seating positions, and the food is abundant and amazing, you can go for seconds or even thrids. The show is well put together and so much to do for young and old, honestly if you want to see an authentic Luau this is the one. Please note they are wheelchair friendly, and so accomodating, watch the pit cooked pig be risen from the pit with an amzing ceremony, make head bands and wrist bands, play traduitional games, meet the fire chief, it's a whole evening of fun and games cuppled with an abundance of food.
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Tip: Check your hotel and ask for a convienent pick up point for you, they are happy to oblige.

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Jane Wilson
Glassboro, NJ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great views!"
June, 2018
The exhibitions were enlightening and the souvenir shops were very nice.
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Tip: Sandy areas, so were shoes that are sand-ready. Wear a visor or hat because you’ll be outside for the majority of the time you’re there.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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LouiseASL
Los Angeles, California
"Show is good, Food is So-So"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2018 NEW
My family was excited to see a luau and asked the hotel staff for recommendations. We were told "hands down" that Paradise Cove was the place to go. First, the cost does not seem to fit the attraction. The food is fair. They nickel and dime you for every drink and keep pushing "buy this" for a fee.. I went to get dessert and it was GONE. The show was good, but again, I felt like the entertainers were good, but not great. The venue is beautiful and for what it is worth, we met very nice people. I also give them kudos for being accessible for people with special needs. I have been to other resort Luau's and I would place the show as average and the food as sub-par.
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rstravelerMaryland
Maryland
"Really good if you keep expectations in check"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2018 NEW
My family and I attended the Paradise Cove luau on our last night in Oahu and after doing considerable research. I see all the negative reviews here, and frankly I just wonder if expectations are too high for what this is. For us, I thought the luau met and even exceeded my expectations. Lots of activities at the outset...my son who is a baseball pitcher enjoyed the spear throwing experience. I conned him into working with me on the fishing net pull, and he's still looking for ways to get me back. The food I thought was better than decent considering you are feeding 800 people. The baked chicken in particular was really good, as was the pork. The show was entertaining. All in all, a night well spent. You're not going to get a five star meal with something like this, but if you are visiting the island for the first time, a luau seems like something one should do, and this one was very good.
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Brian S
"Tired of waiting "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2018 NEW
The bus was an hour late leaving the bus stop after them making a point to be on time or be left. What a joke. On the ride now. Hope it gets better from here.
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smo02
Kingston, Massachusetts
"Fun, entertaining Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2018 NEW
We rode on the comfortable tour bus with our terrific guide, Hala. She entertained and engaged the diverse group on the way to the luau and on the return trip. All the staff at the luau were attentive and friendly. There were many different activities taking place at the beautiful setting. We enjoyed the buffet dinner, music, hula dancers, and especially the fire dancers! It was a very enjoyable evening.
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Rey L
"Buffet"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2018 NEW
We were a party of 6 that went to Paradise Cove because our friends were moving to the mainland. Overall our experience was excellent until it was time to get seconds at the buffet line. I understand it’s a buffet but they “closing” lines before people got an opportunity to get seconds. I wouldn’t be writing this review if one of their employees didn’t grab the spoon out of my wife’s hand as she was serving herself. Totally unacceptable. I understand that they want to go home, but they should at least wait until everybody has eaten. Felt like we were be by rushed. Mind you, a luau is not cheap. I would like the management at Paradise Cove to address this because people pay good money to come and to be rushed, is not right.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Paradise Cove Luau

Is transportation included?
Transportation is not included in your ticket price. However, you may choose to add transportation for an additional fee. Pick-up is from a select number of hotels in the Waikiki area. Please include the name of your lodging during the check-out process and our Reserve Direct representative will email you with the pick-up time and location.

Where is the seating located for the different packages?
The Hawaiian Luau is located on the Wing section, The Orchid is middle seating and the Deluxe Luau is front and center. They will assign your seats as best available in the section purchased.

What is the schedule of events?
3:45 pm to 4:15 pm – Waikiki Pick-ups
5:00 pm – Gates open:

  • Arrival at Paradise Cove
  • Aloha Mai Tai Greeting & Arrival Photos
  • Live Hawaiian Music – Mini Stage
  • Games of Ancient Hawaii/Specialty Photos
  • Hawaiian Arts & Crafts
  • Musicians & Dancers Performing in the Courtyard & Hawaiian Village
  • Mini Show: Pareo Demonstration
  • Shower of Flowers
  • Hukilau on the Beach
  • Imu Ceremony
  • Prayer

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Luau Feast, Hawaiian Dinner Show and Hukilau Hula
8:00 pm to 8:45 pm – Spectacular Hawaiian Revue and Entertainers’ Farewell
8:45 pm – Departures

~ Please note activities may vary depending on weather conditions.

What does the Luau menu consist of?
  • Salad Bar
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Poi
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon
  • Fried Chicken
  • Island Fish w/ Macadamia Nut Creme Sauce
  • Kalua Pig
  • Steamed White Rice
  • Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • Haupia
  • Banana Coconut Cake
  • Hot Coffee or Hot Tea
  • Taro Rolls & Butter

Menu subject to change.

Is the show located inside or outside?
The Luau is located outside to enjoy the fresh ocean air, located right next to the beach.

Do you operate the show in inclement weather?
As a general rule, we do not operate during harsh weather. We suggest calling the day of the show if you’re unsure about the weather.

What time should I arrive?
The gates open at 5:00 pm. We suggest arriving at that time to enjoy the Hawaiian Village and all the activities. 

Are children 3 and under free?
Yes, they are free. The child will sit on a parent’s lap or can remain in a stroller. If your child needs a seat, a child's ticket will need to be purchased.