Paradise Cove Luau

You can’t go to Hawaii without going to a luau, right?  Well, actually you can and it is incredibly expensive so it might be worth skipping!  That being said, Daddy J and I decided that we wanted to attend a luau.  I remember going to one when I was in 8th grade and it is one of the things I remembered most about that trip to Hawaii.  There are several luaus available on different parts of the island.  They are all priced about the same but each one offers something different.  After doing our research, we deferred to our friends who live on the island.  They said that anytime someone comes from the mainland, they take them to the Paradise Cove Luau so that is what we chose.

We made our reservations the day that we attended the luau but we were not there during the height of the tourist season.  If you know when you would like to attend, I recommend making reservations in advance.  Paradise Cove does provide transportation from the hotels in Waikiki.  Since we had our rental car, we decided to drive. 

We went  with the least expensive luau package, the Hawaiian Luau Buffet.  It costs $82.00 an adult and includes your lei, three standard drinks (one upon arrival), wing seating, and the self service buffet. 

When you arrive at Paradise Cove you are welcomedwith a shell lei, kukui nut lei, or fresh flowers depending on the level of luau package you choose.  When we entered the area, we were amazed at the beautiful view. 


We spent much of our time over by the water watching the sun set. 


Before the dinner and the performances began, we wandered around the grounds.  You can see arts and crafts demonstrations and try your hand at games of skill and dancing. 


Before we were seated at our table we watched the Imu Ceremony, the removing the cloths and leaves from the underground oven. 


I was surprised at how much we enjoyed the food that was served in mass quantities: kalua pork, fish, salad, macaroni salad, taro root rolls, poi and so much more. 


The performance was entertaining and the traditional costumes were beautiful.




Was it worth the money?  Would we go back to a luau?  If we return to Hawaii on our own, we will probably skip the luau now that we have been to one together.  That being said, if we brought our kids and had the money in the budget (child tickets are a whopping $62!) we would attend another luau.  I know that my kids would love the performance and would eat the food available. 

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    We toyed with the idea of checking this out with our kids when we visited last spring. Glad to hear your thoughts on it. It is pricey, huh? But I’m thinking the kids would be thoroughly entertained. Maybe next time? 🙂