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.
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|from Christie, our Kapolei, Oahu Market Manager|
Medicine Hat, Canada
Spent 12 days in Waikiki and saw many Hula demonstrations but none come close to the evening we spent at Paradise Cove Luau. The trip to the Luau takes about an hour to complete and had that part of the evening being better I would have rated the whole experience as excellent. The ride does not really have a tour guide to comment on the culture of the land or the areas we are driving through. An example was we went by Pearl Harbour and not a word The guide who it turns out was also a server of the meal spent about 15 talking about the great bus we were on and a few hand signs and that was it and then she chatted with the first three rows of passengers for remainder of trip. Enough of the negative. Upon arrival we were given the traditional lei and then a mai tai drink (alcohol or non) before we had our pictures taken with a couple of hula dancers. Shortly after this we were taken to our assigned seating for the evening and then advised of that we could roam the beautiful shoreline and when we heard a conch being blown we should go to that location as a traditional Hawaiian activity would be taking place. The shoreline is outstanding with the waves rolling in and we were offered a canoe ride into them for a short ride with two Hawaiians paddling. After that we chucked a spear at a target and got a necklace for our efforts. Then the conch blew and a beautiful Hula dancer showed us what the hand movement in the dance meant . We took a video and sent it to our grandchildran so they could practice the exact movement to show us for our return. Then another member of the cast showed us traditional palm tree climbing before we ventured to where a pig was being roasted and a number of singers and dancers performed for us before we were summoned for our meal that was buffet style but as good as anything I have ever experienced at very upscale buffets back on the mainland Shortly after the meal was completed the evenings entertainment commenced and wow this was well worth being in attendance. Just about every variety of dancing occurred both singularly as well as in a group for almost a hour or maybe more. We really enjoyed it. The fire dance was top notch but all the dancers and singers made our expenditure well worth the money which was 288 American for the two of us. The show left all of us with a feeling of being well entertained and a good bang for the buck. Had the bus ride being more traditional in informing us as I mentioned earlier we would have rated this near the top in our many trips and cruises over the years.
We were able to go with my family and my brother, who is active military. Thanks to Paradise Cove Luau's generous military discount, were were able to get Orchid level tickets for a great price. Keep in mind that you're no spending money just on food, but rather an evening experience. With that in mind, we arrived around 4:45 pm. We had rented a car for our trip and drove to the location. As other reviews have commented, the greeting mai tai is weak. The "vouchers" seemed to mostly be used on alcohol by other guests. The prices in the gift shop were reasonable. The food is decent. If I had spent retail cost on tickets I probably would've been disappointed. The entertainers do a good job of getting everyone involved in the evening's festivities . Of course, the fire tricks are the best part of the luau. Overall, we had a good time. But again, if I had spent $300+ on my myself, my wife and two kids, I would've left a bit disappointed for entertainment compared to cost factor. With the military tickets, the prices were reasonable with what we experienced.
Londonderry, New Hampshire
We chose Paradise Cove due to the many activities that were available. We didn't get to do everything because the lines were fairly long, but we enjoyed the things we were able to do. Pick up at our hotel seemed very disorganized. I'm not sure if this is typical, or if it was because there was a large wedding party who was also attending that evening. Cousin Mo was very entertaining (more so on the way back home, when he was working hard for tips!) The food wasn't bad and there was plenty of it. The actual show was only about 45 minutes, which was disappointing. It was VERY expensive for what you get, but it's one of those things that everyone recommends doing when you visit Hawaii.
Kind of a commercial feel to this luau. There was a smell that we could not escape. Like a bathroom that had not been cleaned. The food was good enough. Not really what we expected to encounter here. Probably wouldn't do it again.
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Is transportation included?
Yes, they pick-up from select hotels in the Waikiki area from 3:45pm to 4:15pm. You will need to call the phone number listed on your E-ticket after purchase to set up the pick-up time/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 to 4:15pm – Waikiki Pick-ups
5pm – 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
• Mini Show: Pareo Demonstration
• Shower of Flowers
• Hukilau on the Beach
• Imu Ceremony
7pm to 8pm – Luau Feast, Hawaiian Dinner Show and Hukilau Hula
8pm to 8:45pm – Spectacular Hawaiian Revue and Entertainers’
8:45pm – Departures
~ Please note activities may vary depending on weather conditions.
What does the Luau menu consist of?
• Salad Bar
• Macaroni Salad
• Pasta Salad
• Lomi Lomi Salmon
• Fried Chicken
• Island Fish w/ Macadamia Nut Creme Sauce
• Kalua Pig
• Steamed White Rice
• Fresh Pineapple Chunks
• 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.
How do I get there?
You can drive yourself, or round-trip transportation from our Waikiki pick-up locations is included in your purchase, you must call to set up pick-up.
What time should I arrive?
The gates open at 5pm. 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.