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Old December 17th, 2012, 04:42 PM
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My hubby let me know he wants to see a real luau in Hawaii. Now I know what a 'real' luau should look like (I've been going to them since I was a kid). The foods it should include: Lomi Lomi Salmon, Kalua pork (cooked in the ground), Chicken long rice, and Haupia. My mom would say it wasn't a 'real' luau is poi wasn't included, but my hubby and I are fine without eating purple paste. I wouldn't have a problem skipping the Haupia also.

My hubby is all about the show. He wants to see a wonderful show. For a real Luau, we would want to see male fire dancers and female dancers doing the Tahitian style hula. I don't think my hubby has ever seen Tahitian performed I would look to see his eyes cross.

My only trip to Hawaii was to Oahu over 20 years ago and I saw a great show with Paradise Cove Luau, it appears they are still in operation. But since so much time has passed, I'm not sure this is the best choice for a Luau. Has anyone been a a Luau in Hawaii? If so which island? How was the show? Thanks for your help.
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I was just in Hawaii in September, on Oahu for 7 nights and we went to the Paradise Cove Luau. We really enjoyed it, the show had the fire dancers and the hula girls plus a few surprises. I enjoyed the food, my suggestion would be to pay for the upgraded seating. You are closer to the show and you get to the food faster and get a better selection.
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Old lahaina Luau in Lahaina Maui
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If your ship is overnighting on Maui, I agree with Jenn! Old Lahaina is the best I've donIe.

I used to land vacation a lot on Ohau, did several there, and if there were a choice, I'd go in Maui, to Old Lahaina.

Now, if you are in Honolulu/Waiki in the evening, there's a great little spot called the House Without A Key, where they have evening Hawaiian entertainment with gorgeous sunsets as a backdrop.

Go early enough for sunset, and have just drinks, or dinner.
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We have been to Germaine's Luau ( in Ohau ) twice and we loved it. I actually plan to go again on our next trip to Hawaii.

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Hilo, United States 10:00 am 7:00 pm
Maui, United States
8:00 am 11:00 pm
Oahu, United States 9:00 am 11:00 pm
Kauai, United States 8:00 am 5:00 pm Kona, United States 7:00 am
4:00 pm

It looks like Maui and Oahu are my long days. How much time do I need for the Luau in Maui?

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Hmmm not sure you could do Old Lahaina. It is about 15 mins from Lahaina town and you do have to tender to the ship. MI would suggest you ask at the excursions desk. They. May do something there it is really popular
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With no overnights you might want to look at a ships tour for a Luau. Highly, highly second Kuki's recommendation of House Without a Key...awesome setting
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Yes definitely House without a Key. Beautiful!!!!!!!
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I just got back from Maui. Most luaus are done before 11:00. You should be o.k. They start serving dinner and the show is after that. I think it is over by 9:00 or so. Great fun! The Westin has a really nice luau and it isn't too far from Lahaina where the ships anchor.
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Kuki and JennC thanks for the tip about Room without a key. It looks like it a resturant/bar in a hotel called halekulani on the beach and has nightly entertainment from 5:30 to 8:30PM. Do you have to book a reservation or can you just show up?
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needing a reservation probably depends on the day of the week you are going to be there.

But do go early, so you get one of the tables upfront nearer to the stage, to really enjoy the views.

I actually do think you'd have enough time in Lahaina to do the Old Lahaina. If you plan to leave at @9, you should easily make it back to the tender pier before the last tender departs.
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Oh this is perfect I went to the website and the ladies were wearing coconuts, my hubby had asked for that. I guess he thinks of the coconuts when he thinks of hula. Old Lahaina it is. Plus they serve Laulau I love me some Laulaus. So Kuki did you do the Traditional seating or the Table and Chair? According to the site from October 1 to March 31th the nightly showing is from 5:15 to 8:15PM I think that gives me tons of time to make it back to the ship.
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If you are looking for an authentic Luau on Oahu I would suggest the Polynesian Cultural Center's Alii Luau- The Ali'i Luau at Polynesian Cultural Center

My family and I just went last year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There was lots of food, dancing and fire throwing.

We also saw the HA breath of life show which was fantastic. Donít leave without seeing this show! I think they might offer some packages that include both the Luau and the show too. Check it out on their site, thatís where I found more info.
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Hi there....not sure if you received a private msg about the tables and seating at Old Lahaina. I had thought that I would want to sit in the traditional seating area, but ended up choosing the tables/chairs. If you think you want "traditional" dining, try sitting on a pillow on your livingroom floor with a table that is about 8 - 10 inches up from the ground. Next, try to get up and down off of the pillow to get to the buffet to get your food. If you are not used to sitting like that for long periods of time, its really not going to be enjoyable to you. Plus, you will be lower than the stage and the camera angles will be less desirable and you won't be able to see the whole stage very well. There are tables/chairs on the next level up and have unobstructed views (at least ours was) and much more comfortable.

While we weren't there on a cruise, we did have reservations through our TA and I think that helped in getting us a great seat. There were tons of other seats around us that weren't great and I think those were the folks that booked themselves online and/or called to make their own reservations. Even though it was a big crowd, they moved it well with the buffet lines and servers were fantastic!

No matter what, get there early so you can walk around and take pictures, observe some demonstrations and purchase (if you want) some hand made crafts.

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