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.
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.
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.