Paradise Cove Luau
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- Paradise Cove LuauCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Jan 14, 2014
the fun starts right when you board the bus, greeted by a pretty cousin, she entertains the passengers throughout the ride. once arrived at the luau, you are greeted with a shell or flower lei and take pictures with a cute local Hawaiian guy or girl in traditional outfits of coconut bras and grass skirts. a welcome drink is given and more drink tickets for throughout the evening. lots of activities for adults and keikis (kids), lei making, stick throwing, watching the hukilau, hula dancing, prepping of the kalua pig, tree climbing. the beautiful sunset is the backdrop of the luau. the performances were fun and festive, keeping people entertained the whole time. definitely a must-do luau.Recommended for:
- Paradise Cove LuauJan 14, 2014
This luau is in a beautiful setting. There are activities prior to the luau presentation of the pig such as arts and crafts and playing ancient hawaiian games. They climb the coconut trees and have a dinner show that is terrific. Well worth your $ and time!
- Paradise Cove LuauMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jan 14, 2014
This was a good show, with your usual hawaiian food. Very good for kids and a good way to spend a night in Oahu. However it's one of those once in a lifetime things.Recommended for:
- Paradise Cove LuauMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5First to ReviewOct 20, 2013
I'd only recommend going to a luau if you've never been to one before -- once in your life is really enough. For $75/person, it really isn't worth it.
Most of the locals we talked to recommended Paradise Cove over all other luaus on the island. Germaine's was said to be located next to a power plant and more geared towards children. I'd been to Polynesian Cultural Center in the past (without doing the luau), so we decided to go with Paradise Cove.
The ticket price included a roundtrip bus ride to the west side of the island, which was actually really entertaining. All the staff, including Bronson our bus emcee, are really into their job and the entertainment is well done. The mini activities and demonstrations before the luau buffet and show aren't that great (I've seen better at the Aloha Festival in SF) and the food is average (you can get better food from Duke's lunch buffet for $12.95). Really the best thing about Paradise Cove is the beach, which you could go to for free on your own. We saw the most beautiful sunset, which set the mood for us for the rest of the evening.
We met some really nice folks on the bus who we ended up hanging out with at the luau. While we had gotten the standard luau package, we wouldn't have gotten that much more had we gotten a more expensive package. There really isn't a bad seat in the place, and if you pay $30 more per person, you only get a flower lei (as opposed to a shell lei) and 2 more drink tickets. Stick with the Hawaiian Luau Buffet Package.Recommended for:
- Paradise Cove LuauJan 14, 2014
Tour bus guide Rich was great, enertaining and easy on the eyes. Food was good. Show was disappointing. The fact you were supposed to get 2 complimentary drinks with your dinner is a joke you get tickets and pay $3-12 a drink. the only drink that free is water not even pop
- Paradise Cove LuauJan 14, 2014
This is my favorite Luau in Oahu. I went to one other one and it didn't even come close to comparing. Going to a Luau is not cheap but if you take into account you get alcohol, food, a beautiful location and wonderful show, it's worth the $100+ (they have different packages).
It's a good 45 minute drive from Waikiki Beach but the location is worth the drive. The price for the luau should include transportation from Waikiki.
Before dinner, they offer a variety of activities to do. They have arts & crafts and a few different traditional ceremonies. It's fascinating. The food was tasty (salads, meat, bread, dessert) and the Mai Tai's were stiff. The show was fun, a lot of traditional dancing and the dancers were all gorgeous - really nice eye candy!
The Paradise Cove Luau is definitely a fun experience.
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- Paradise Cove LuauJul 06, 2012
When you have lived here in Hawaii for a while you earn the right to say going to a luau is cheesy...Here's the kicker...even travelers say a luau is cheesy, but they still go...and I still go and keep bringing family and friends. Why do I do that...WHO CARES! Let the CHEESE BEGIN!
I consider Paradise Cove the best Luau on Oahu, no matter how cheesy it is. Many locals as well as mainlanders think a Hawaiian Luau has become a simple Show and Dinner (buffet style) and they rush you in and rush you out like cattle. I'm here to tell you that at Paradise Cove it's not. For me personally, I never felt that. The Ohana here at Paradise Cove take their job seriously and I noticed that they really love what they do. You can see it in their faces, the way they carry themselves and they way they speak and interact with you. There is something I love about this entire package. One of the many misconceptions is that many think that going to a Luau is for tourists or too hokey for them. I think they just say that because maybe they are embarrassed to go to a Cheesy Luau...WELL DON'T! Missing out on Paradise Cove would be a serious mistake so please don't pass on this. As for prices go it may not be on a Poor Mans budget but this is one of those times you should spend some of that hard earn money you saved for your vacation. You never feel like cattle or a number here nor do you ever feel rushed by anyone. This Luau is seriously chillaxin and laid back, trust me. I was truly surprised. You are greeted as soon as you get in the gate by beautiful singing and Ukulele playing. Then you are greeting with a nice Mai Tai and shell or flower Lei by a beautiful Hawaiian Women who then shows you to where you will be sitting for the evening. Once in the cove and after you know where you are sitting they give you an hour or so to walk around, take pictures of the cove and sunset, play Hawaiian Games, check out local Hawaiian arts and crafts. Once you spend some time doing those things you can watch the Shower of Flowers as a Hawaiian Man climbs to the top of a Palm tree and showers everyone below in Plumeria flowers. You then head over to the beach and watch the Hukilau, a short Hawaiian chant and dance on the beach. Last before we head over to our table for dinner we walk over to the pit where the Imu is and watch the Royal Court Procession and the Imu Ceremony which is the celebration of the feast we are about to eat and the cooking of the Pig in the underground oven. One of the things I noticed here was the fact that I didn't feel like a tourist. The locals make you feel at home and I have to say this starts at management and I meet many who worked here from the managers to the hosts to the stars of the show. All of them make you feel wonderful and really treat you like royalty whether you get the "Hawaiian Luau Buffet Package" or the most expensive "Deluxe Luau Package". Another thing I noticed is that many of the people we talked to had been local and had been bringing family or friends to the Luau. This tells me locals give this place a big thumbs up and trust the management and the Ohana here at Paradise to treat their own family and friends right and they do! My family loved the entire experience and so did I. Make sure you make reservations DAYS in advance! The Cove is located in front of the JW Marriot Hotel right after the guard station you enter the parking lot to your right. It has it's own parking lot for visitors who will be attending the Luau.
A Hawaiian Luau is a little pricey but if you're visiting Hawaii you have to go and see what a luau is all about and for Oahu, Paradise Cove is a best bet.
I would recommend the HAWAIIAN LUAU BUFFET Package
If you guys are Kama'aina, military or are going with local friends or family, prices are cut in half, call for Kama'aina prices.
The gates open at 5:00pm so please be there before 5. The Luau activities start soon after all around the cove. Whatever happens all night please do me a favor when you start to dig into the buffet...try EVERYTING, that includes the LUMI LUMI and POI. This is tradition in Hawaii and you may love it or hate it but at least you tried it! Enjoy your evening it will be a fun one
PLEASE NOTE: You only get a few drinks included in your Luau package...so watch it. It could get costly if you order too many Lava Flows! Water is the only beverage that is free with your food. I wish they would offer a choice of Pineapple, Mango and Guava juice with the buffet but this isn't a call I can make. Luau will be over by 9:00pm.
NOTE: If you want an alternative to a Luau my choice would be to go to see the night show called "HA, BREATH OF LIFE" on the North Shore at the Polynesian Cultural Center. This is only a night show and it's a GOOD ONE...You need to book well in advance to get the best seats.
- Paradise Cove LuauJul 05, 2012
This is a must place to go see if you're in Oahu. I was recommended to come to this Luau or Germaine's. Germaine is known to have a party twist to their Luau than the classic, but I chose classic!
They have three different pricing for this classic luau. The Basic aka Hawaii ($86, seating at the wings), Intermediate aka Orchid ($116, seating at center), or Deluxe ($149, seating at front center). I would definitely recommend spending that extra money for their deluxe package. It is well worth it! I originally booked the basic package, but upgraded to the deluxe. I couldn't be happier!
The Deluxe package includes:
* Round Trip Transportation from Waikiki
* Fresh Flower Lei Greeting or Kukui Nut Lei Greeting upon Arrival
* Mai Tai Greeting Plus
Three (3) Premium Drink Tickets
* Deluxe Seating
* Hawaiian Luau Menu
* Table Service (Versus Buffet)
* Arts & Crafts Demonstrations
* Games of Skill and Daring in the Hawaiian Village
* Shower of Flowers
* Hukilau on the Beach
* Royal Court
* Imu Ceremony
* Paradise Cove Extravaganza
* Souvenir Arrival Photograph (One Per Person)
* Souvenir Gift from Paradise Cove
I would definitely recommend getting there when they are open because there are FULL of activities for you to do. I just wished I had more time because I did not get enough to do absolutely everything! If you would like to save a couple of bucks, you can always drive there yourself. BUT It wouldn't be a good idea to drive there personally, unless you're not drinking.
What's awesome about this place is that all the performers are mixed with the different activity going on from 5-7pm, so you actually get to meet almost everyone. If you wanna take extra pictures, this is a good time to do it!
The only thing I was disappointed is their food. It's decent, but not amazing. I would give their food only 3-stars for that. I to want also mention that I had pay extra $3 with my premium ticket when I ordered my lovely Pina Colada. You would think premium drink tickets would include absolutely everything, but nope!
Minus that little mishap, I still had a fabulous time here!
- Paradise Cove LuauMember ofFoodiesJul 05, 2012
Go if this is your first time to Hawaii!
Luaus are usually pretty expensive, but it's a great way to eat some local food, meet some fellow tourists, and get a glimpse of the culture.
The views are spectacular and the hosts are fun. But drinks are expensive and it gets a little cliche at times.