Big Island Luaus – Prices, Reviews, Schedules

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At Go Visit Hawaii, we know that there are a number of different luau options for anyone planning a trip to Hawaii. We also know that researching the different luau options is fairly difficult as not all the relevant information is readily available. As promised in the article on tips for choosing a Hawaiian luau and as a service to our readers, we’ve researched and compiled the information to assist you in finding that special luau experience. Starting today, we begin our series of listing the luaus on each island. We begin the series on the Big Island. All the luaus on the Big Island are in the Kona and Kohala areas. Most of them have sunset views.

Please note that all pricing and timing was accurate at the time of posting. Luau can and do change pricing, timing and websites without warnings. When I’m alerted to a change, I do update this listing. This list was most recently updated April 2015.

Kohala Coast Luaus

Sunset Luau at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott
Nights:
 Mondays and Wednesdays
Location/Setting:
Adjacent to the Anaehoomalu fishponds with a sunset view. (See this photo of the grounds.)
Prices:
$102 for adults and $48 for children aged 6 – 12. Children under 5 are free.
Price Includes:
Buffet, open-bar drinks, Polynesian show and gratuity. (Tax is not included in the above price.)
Lei Greeting:
With $25 upgraded seating only. 
Imu Ceremony:
Yes
For Reservations:
1-808-886-8111
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Waikoloa Beach Resort activities website and Marriott’s website. Upgraded seating is offered at $25 per person and includes a lei greeting, first row seating and Hawaiian pupu (appetizer).

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Luau
Nights: Tuesdays and Fridays, though in slower months, only the Tuesday night luau is offered.
Location/Setting: Oceanfront at the grounds of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Prices: $115 for adults; $57.50 for children (age 5 – 12.) Premium seating costs $135 for adults and $77.50 for children.
Price Includes: Buffet, show and one complimentary Mai Tai or Keiki Drink.  (Tax, gratuity and drinks are not included in the above price.)
Lei Greeting: Kukui nut or shell lei
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: 808-882-5707.
Reviews: TripAdvisor. We have attended this luau and mention it in our review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
Additional Information: Official website. There is a show-only option if you’d like to skip the meal. Show-only pricing is $50 for adults and $30 for children.

Hawaii Loa Luau at Fairmont Orchid
Nights: Saturdays
Location/Setting: Outdoor on grounds of Fairmont Orchid.
Prices: $119.80 for adults, children ages 6 -12 $82.43 (Upgrades available for additional cost.)
Price Includes: Polynesian show, buffet, drinks and gratuity.
Lei Greeting: TBD
Imu Ceremony:
For Reservations: (808) 326-4969
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: See: Hawaii Loa Luau website

Legends of the Pacific at the Hilton Waikoloa Village
Nights: Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays
Location/Setting: At Hilton Waikoloa Resort grounds. (No water views from the seating area.  See photo 1 and 2 for views of the seating set up.)
Prices:  General seating starts at $125 for adults, $68 for children 5 – 12 and free for children under 5. Discounts are available for seniors and military. Upgrade seating to front row and unlimited tropical cocktails at your table for additional $29 per person.
Price Includes: Buffet, open bar, Polynesian show, self-parking and gratuity. (Tax is not included in the above pricing.)
Lei Greeting: Yes, orchid lei.
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations:  Book online or phone 1-808-886-1234
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Official Website We have attended this luau and it’s quite good. We do recommend upgrading to the front row seating. See more of our commentary and photos of the Legends of the Pacific at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Kona Luaus

Island Breeze Hawaiian Luau at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
Nights: Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Location/Setting: King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel grounds in Kona. (These oceanside grounds are beautiful and very historic.)
Prices: $92.30 for adults, $47.16 for children ages 5 – 12, children under 5 are admitted free
Prices Includes: Buffet, open bar, Polynesian show and tax.
Lei Greeting: TBD 
Imu Ceremony: Yes, plus also they have a royal Hawaiian court presentation.
For Reservations: Book online or phone 1-866-482-9775
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information:  Island Breeze Production WebsiteHotel’s website details about this luau.

Royal Kona Resort Luau
Nights: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Location/Setting: Royal Kona Resort grounds in Kona (ocean front with sunset views)
Prices: $91 for adults, $45 for children 5 – 12, children under 5 admitted free for each paid adult
Prices Includes: Buffet, open bar, Polynesian show, gratuities and tax.
Lei Greeting: Shell Lei
Imu Ceremony: Yes
For Reservations: 1-808-329-3111 or book online
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Official Website We have been to this luau. The oceanfront setting was beautiful. The show was good, but the food was marginal.

Haleo Luau Dinner and Show at Sheraton Keauhou Bay
Nights: Mondays and Fridays
Location/Setting: Oceanfront
Prices: $98.96 for adults, $46.88 for children, 5 & under are free. Holiday pricing may be higher. (Alii upgrade approximately $19.27, includes souvenir lei, express ticket purchase and check-in and reserved front section seating.)
Prices Includes: Buffet, show, drinks, gratuity and tax.
Lei Greeting: Souvenir lei for Ali’i upgrade only
Imu Ceremony:
For Reservations: Call 808-326-4969 or book online.
Reviews: TripAdvisor
Additional Information: Hotel’s website with information and Island Breeze’s website for Haleo Luau

All prices and times were accurate at the time this article was checked on October 5, 2016. As resorts often change dates and prices, please verify current times, days, and prices.

Luau saving tip: Before booking, search the name of the luau online and look for discount Hawaii activity companies. Some discount activity sales companies may offer a discount for booking with them. For example, at the time of writing (April 21, 2015, I see that Hawaii Discount is selling tickets to the luau at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel for $76.50 per adult instead of $91.57.

If your budget doesn’t allow a luau, check out some of the free hula shows on the Big Island.

Have you been to any of these Big Island Luaus? What did you think?


About Sheila Beal

Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.

8 comments

  1. WOW, awesome list! This explains why I didn’t see much of you this weekend.

    I think we should personally review each one! 😉

  2. @ Andy: Sounds like a plan. 🙂

  3. Wow! Fantastic information!! Thank you so much for all of the information. Planning a trip and this is so helpful! Mahalo!

  4. Aloha Sheila,
    You have a really great site very informative and looks nice great job with content and design.
    I see that the Gathering of the Kings is being directed to our eventsbyislandbreeze site I was hoping that you could point the other 2 luaus to that site as well.
    Island Breeze Luau
    http://eventsbyislandbreeze.com/best-big-island-luau/
    Haleo Luau
    http://eventsbyislandbreeze.com/haleo-luau-voice-of-life/

    If you could do that that would be such a great help really appreciate it. Mahalo

  5. Hi Sheila,

    Thank you for an amazing site that offers a wealth of information. Your site has been instrumental in helping me plan our tenth anniversary trip to Hawaii in a few weeks.

    I am still debating whether to go to a Laua. I did find a free show at the shops that are not far from the Fairmont Orchid where we are staying. It’s not a luau but the reviews for the short show itself seem to be good. I also read on some other sites that the lauas on the big island are not as good as lauas on other islands. What is your take on this?

    We are only planning to be on the big island for our anniversary trip. I’m hoping one day we will return to visit other islands. So if the lauas are better on other islands, maybe it’s best we save the luau for another trip and use the money towards a different excursion (I’m thinking the horsback riding in waipio valley)?

    Secondly, I have come across some good deals on Hawaii Discount for some Luaus, but I am unsure as to their credibility. I have come across a lot of mixed reviews on Hawaii Discount. I am wondering if you have ever booked anything through them and know whether they are a reliable website to book through or not.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    • We’ve been to many luaus. They’re all pretty similar. Have you looked into the luau at the Orchid? We went to that luau in March. The food and show were very well done.

      We’ve been to the free show at the Shops at Mauna Lani and it was quite a good show, especially considering it’s free.

      We can’t vouch for Hawaii Discount one way or the other.

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