August 2009 Update: “Horizons” has been replaced by “Ha: Breath of Life”
We saw this evening show on our first full day of our recent trip to Oahu. We had flown to Hawaii from the East Coast the day before and we were extremely jet lagged. We had had a full day touring the islands of the center and taking part in the Ali’i Luau. By the time the show started, it was well past our bedtime at home. So, we were a little concerned that when the lights dimmed for the show, that we might end up watching the back of our eye lids instead of the show. Our concerns were not warranted because the show captured our attention the entire time. Not only were we wide awake watching the show, but when we got back to our hotel at the Turtle Bay Resort, we kept awake for a while talking about how great the show was.
All of the major Polynesian islands are represented in the show. Over 100 dancers and musicians participate in the show. You won’t find this many performers at any other luau or Polynesian show in Hawaii. Some of the show’s highlights include a Samoan fire knife dancers and men who dance over a fire in grass skirts. The following video is a montage of clips from the show that will just give you a small taste of the show. (Click the image to play.)
The colorful costumes are beautiful. One aspect that I appreciated was that the female dancers wore very attractive costumes that weren’t risque. Some shows I’ve seen at other places, have costumes that might as well be found in a strip club. So you can feel comfortable bringing the kids to see this show.
The 90-minute show is held in a covered open air auditorium. The stadium-style, wrapped seating arrangement insures everyone has a good view of the show. The evening show is included in admission for several of the ticket packages. If your time is limited, you can purchase a ticket to see the evening show only. Ticket prices start at $55 for Adults and $40 for children up to 11 years old. You can save 5% off your ticket price by completing a brief survey.
The show is presented Monday through Saturday, normally at 7:30 p.m., but during peak seasons they may have one performance at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:00 p.m. There is an intermission that makes a great time and excuse to get an ice cream.
Have you seen this show? Please share your thoughts and tips in the comments.