Fia Fia Polynesian Luau Show Is On Fire

Sunset tiki torches

Fia Fia Show at JW Marriott Ihilani offers a bit of a niche among luaus on Oahu. I might describe it as being a boutique-ish, because it’s smaller than most others and  the buffet offerings are a bit more gourmet.

Fia Fia provides all the things you expect with a luau – sunset oceanview, a (shell) lei greeting, tropical drinks, cultural demonstrations, tasty traditional dinner followed by colorful Polynesian dance and music. Yes, Fia Fia offers all those features, but what sets it apart is the master of ceremonies, Chief Sielu Avea. Wow, is that guy good! He’s warm, engaging, witty and abundantly talented.

Fia Fia

How much did we enjoy Chief Avea? Well, we very rarely ever purchase the luau shots the event photographer snaps upon arrival, but we purchased our photo with Chief Avea.

The Polynesian show ends on fire with excellent Samoan fireknife dancing. I counted seven different fireknife dancers – that’s a lot, especially for a more smaller show.

To get a flavor for Fia Fia, please see our photo collection and the following video with short snippets from throughout the show. (Email subscribers, please click here for the Fia Fia video.)

Fia Fia imu

Fia Fia is offered every Thursday evening. Seating begins at 4:30pm. If you want a seat close to the stage, I recommend you arrive then. Before dinner begins at 5:30pm, you have the opportunity to learn about Polynesian crafts like weaving, fire starting, and the imu (underground oven). The Polynesian show begins at 7pm. We both thought the whole evening was very well done.

Fia Fia is open to both JW Marriott Ihilani hotel guests as well as the general public. Ticket prices are $90 for adults and $45 for children ages 3 to 11 years with complimentary self-parking validation for event guests. To make reservations, contact the hotel’s concierge desk at 808-679-3209.

Have you been to Fia Fia? What did you think?


Mahalo to JW Marriott Ihilani for hosting our evening at Fia Fia.

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  1. haven’t been but sounds like a good one!

    • It was a good one, Janet.

      It’s difficult to explain, but the chief really made the show. At the end, the performers stood at the exit to say thanks and goodbye. I hugged the chief. He’s pretty special. :)

  2. I’d say that the Chief was half the reason why the show stands out from other luaus. He’s very funny and very engaging.

    The Samoan theme is also a great reason to see it–especially the awesome fire knife finale!

  3. So got to go to see the Chief!? :>) I know what you mean tho! Some people/performers really make the whole show even tho it is an ensemble cast. I have heard people say that about a performer ( hope that is the right term!) at PCC and the man quit and works on the windward side doing a tour of the mac nut farm. People rave about him and say that he makes the whole tour and don’t bother going if he’s not there etc. There are just people out there who have “it”. :>)

  4. Actually, the man from the nut farm and the chief from the luau are one and the same. :)

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