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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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

51 Reviews
Karen Watkins
Sun City West, AZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful Luau"
November, 2018 NEW
We arrived late because of air flight delays, but it was still very welcoming and a great show and meal. Too bad we did not get there earlier.
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Tip: Try to arrive on time and just enjoy.

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nancy covey
bedford, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"best luau ever"
November, 2018 NEW
been going to Paradise Cove every year we have been to Hawaii Been to other luaus but no one compares to Paradise Cove When anyone ask about a luau I recommend Paradise cove above them all. If they are going to more than one island I tell them save your money until you go to Paradise Cove
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Tip: expect a show like no other, and expect plenty of good food, rest and look around the grounds

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Ksenia Lomeyko
Los Angeles, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Hawaiian Luau"
November, 2018 NEW
The experience was great! The show was fantastic, the food was plenty and the overall atmosphere was welcoming and fun.
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Tip: Alcohol can be pricey

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Paula R.
Syracuse, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Not as much fun as it was 30 years ago on our honeymoon"
November, 2018
Luau seemed less authentic and a bit more commercialized than it was 30 yrs, ago (from the welcoming greeting, some of the activities to the departure). We also enjoyed the activities much more at our first Luau at Paradise Cove: tug of war- rope pulling in the ocean, open bar etc, The stage show was somewhat drawn out in the beginning but the 2nd half of the show was more entertaining. Overall, it was good but not great and definitely not worth $120,00 per person. Would not do it again!!
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Tip: Try to find a better deal price-wise if you really want to go to a Luau

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Raylene Cosgrove
AU
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Dissapointed"
October, 2018
My husband and I didn’t have the kids with us. Food was good but everything else boring and drawn out. Over 6hrs of our holiday we will never get back ?? pickup at 3.30pm waiting on the bus to enter, waiting in line to get in. Get in and the next couple of hours spent looking at/participating if you wish trivial, limited activities. Some provided by locals you have to pay for. PC provide spear throwing, how to throw a fish net & real it in and how to tie a sarong ?? locals for a price will provide other things ie; henna tattoos & photo with macraws. When it came to the show at least 1/2hr was spent wishing/ congratulating birthdays, anniversaries, weddings etc. I thought the main show was average and I was disappointed because I expected to learn a lot about the culture and more of a story behind the dances and was very dissapointed.
Then we sat again on the bus for over 1/2!hr before it left.
Not really about the money, I just would have liked to be more culturally fulfilled by this experience, not bored ??
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Steven Howard
San Antonio, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Favorite Luau"
September, 2018
We went to Paradise Cove Luau in 2007 because a friend recommended it. We have been back in 2017 and 2018 taking different friends each time. This is our favorite Luau. The people are friendly and accommodating and the dancers are fantastic. This year there were 12 former Paradise Cove Dancers, celebrating a current dancers retirement. They told us every person working their, past or present are one BIG happy family. The atmosphere is fantastic, setting sun, beach waves hitting the rocks, starry sky, great time. Will go again.
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Heather Salvatore
Juno Beach, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great time!"
September, 2018
We booked online and thought we were just attending just a luau. We were presently surprised when we got there and went in to be greeted with pictures with performers. We then were shown to our seats and told to do some exploring. There was so many activities to do that was unexpected. There was some bowling, spear throwing, lei making, hula lessons and more! We watched as they explained how the pig was prepared and watched them pull it out of the ground.
We then went to enjoy dinner. It was a buffet style, with many options. The pork was amazing!!! There was also chicken and fish.
Dessert was included as well. After dinner we enjoyed a great show. Very entertaining!!
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Tip: Way more than just a luau!

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Donald Stackhouse
Aston, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Laua"
September, 2018
Great!
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GinaStruble
Anchorage, Alaska
"We had fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
We’ve been to a lot of luaus and despite some of the reviews, we really enjoyed Paradise Cove. You can’t beat the sunset or the photo opportunities! We had not been to a luau that had dancers on the beach and have never experienced the Hukilau fishing demonstrations. These were fun and welcome additions. We had fun with the spear throwing and Hawaiian bowling. Sometimes these things are as fun as you choose them to be. We opted to be in the moment and enjoy it. The food was plentiful and we found it all to be good (depending on expectations, there are always pros and cons with mass produced food). The show was great, we appreciated the nod to the military as well as the additions for the holiday season. We would go back!
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spawithlisab
Fort Worth, Texas
"Authentic experience!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2018 NEW
We were so impressed by the experience we had. I reserved the royal box and we were two of four sitting there. We had servers and the royal treatment! The crafts and events were so much fun. We walked around and took sunset photos and participated in the activities. So much fun and well worth the money.
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KOKnight
Holyoke, Colorado
"Fun Luau with gorgeous sunset over the water!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2018 NEW
Would recommend this luau for any age groups. They had mini events before the main show that were fun. They gave you plenty of time to look around and shop. The food was good and traditional to the pig roast. My brother in law got a bulls eye with spear throwing and won a shell necklace. It was a great main show with different polynesian islands portrayed.
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Robert S
Mumbai, India
"Not worth the price"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2018 NEW
Even with the local rate, which we received because I have a Honolulu resident relative, the Paradise Cove Luau is not worth the price. I had been 20 years ago and it was superb NOW, not so. It starts with a watered-down Mai Tai greeting and gets worst from there. Cheese, slow entertainment, mediocre food and a less than inviting enviroment. Most everything is an extra charge and nothing worth the demanded prices. Suggest avoiding this one.
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FC178
Vancouver, Canada
"Worst night in Hawaii"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2018 NEW
Cheap entertainment. Sit on plastic chairs, eat with plastic forks. Great marketing to get us to pay $100+ for a total low class event that we would never attend elsewhere. Audience made me think of people who live in broken down RVs and have plastic flowers on their kitchen table. Food is horrible. Entertainment subpar. Avoid.
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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.