Hale Koa is the Best Rated Luau on Oahu, Hawaii
Looking for One of the Best Rated Luaus on Oahu, Hawaii?
We visited Oahu, Hawaii for the first time in January 2013. Our primary purpose was to attend two gymnastics meets for my daughter. However, we were looking for things to do on Oahu for some entertainment and enjoyment. Attending a luau was top on our list.
One of the other gymnastics moms visits Oahu twice a year, visiting her in-laws. She recommended the Hale Koa Luau for the team and their parents. Not only is it a superb show, but it is incredibly affordable and centrally-located for those of us staying in Honolulu.
The Hale Koa Luau has a TripAdvisor ranking of 29 of 128 Attractions in Honolulu. There are only two luaus that rated higher, but both are over an hour away from : (1) the author of Oahu Revealed liked the Polynesian Cultural Center Luau the best, but it can be up to a 90 minute drive from Waikiki and costs close to $100. Because it is run by the Mormon church, alcoholic beverages are not allows: (2) Germaine's Luau was rated second best, but it is about an hour from Waikiki and was only ranked 72 of 128 Attractions in Honolulu on TripAdvisor. Waikiki
My family and I stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, about 1/2 mile away from the Hale Koa. We attended its luau about 6 days later, and I must say that, for twice the expense, the luau was close to, but not nearly as entertaining as the Hale Koa luau.
Bottom line - if you are staying in Honolulu/Waikiki, you should consider attending the Hale Koa luau. For its price, menu, entertainment and more, it is one of the best values for the best rated luaus on Oahu, Hawaii.
Sample Royal Feast Menu at the Hale Koa Luau
SALADS (served Family Style): Cucumber and Papaya, Seaweed, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Fresh Pineapple
MAIN COURSE: Adult & Youth - Kalua Pig, Mahimahi, Shoyu Chicken, Teriyaki Beef, Fried Rice Poi, Sweet Potato
DESERT (served family style): Banana Fritter and other sweets
CHILD MENU - Kalua Pig, Shoyu Chicken, Fried Rice
All adult meals come with the luau entrée and one cocktail
Youth and child meals come with virgin drink or luau punch
Information for the Hale Koa Luau in Honolulu
Address: Hale Koa Hotel, 2055 Kalia Rd Honolulu, HI 96815 (approximately 10 miles from the Honolulu International Airport)
Phone number: (808) 955-0555
When are Luaus Offered: Monday and Thursday evenings each week in the Hale Koa Hotel Luau Garden; Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Prices: Prices as of 2013 are: $49.50 for adults, $15 for kids 11-17, and $6.95 for kids 10 and under. You are required to book online because this Luau is at a military hotel; you have to be military to purchase in person.
Tickets may be purchased at the Hale Koa Hotel Reception Desk, by phone (808-955-9676) with a major credit card, or at Special Services ticket outlets on Oahu Military Bases
Attire: Comfortable Hawaiian attire is encouraged; no dress code required
Attractions: Complimentary leis, live music, lei making, coconut frond headband making, professional photographs ($15 each), imu ceremony
Program: Dinner and dessert served; one complimentary drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic); free coffee; variety of Polynesian dancing, hula dancing instruction, fire dancing and honoring US Veterans and active service members
Parking: $7 daily for hotel guests (this is a great deal compared to the Hilton Hawaiian Village less than 1/2 mile away, which charges $27 per day for self-parking)
Gymnasts Learning to Hula Dance at the Hale Koa Luau
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What to Expect at the Hale Koa Luau
When we attended the Hale Koa Luau in January 2013, it had been raining most of the day. However, by the start of the luau, the skies had cleared and it was very comfortable. Rain or shine, the thatched roofs will keep you dry.... and you don't have to worry about being cold in Hawaii!
If you are not staying at the hotel, friendly employees will direct you to the luau garden, which is at the back of the hotel near the beach. The gardens are well-maintained and you will be warmly greeted with a lei and cocktail (or virgin drink).
For the first hour, enjoy the live music, have professional photographs taken with dancers, make a frond headband and/or a lei bracelet. Enjoy the complimentary drink. Additional non-hosted beverages are available at the centrally located bar.
You will know that the luau is officially starting when they blow the conch shells. At this point, you will gather around the fire for the imu ceremony and watch as they remove the roasted pig from the underground oven. Be prepared to have your dinner on display!
After the emu ceremony, you will be asked to take a seat (assigned seats with your tickets). Servers will bring the family style salads, then will clear plates to serve the main course. During the meal, enjoy the main event - the luau show hosted by Glenn Medeiros! You will be taken on a virtual tour of Polynesia with traditional songs, dances and even a fire throwing demonstration. Halfway through the show, volunteers from the audience are invited on stage to learn how to hula dance!
Because this luau is at a military hotel, there are generous discounts available for those in the service and veterans. More importantly, you will not want to miss the amazing conclusion of the luau show, with a tribute to all branches of the military, that will not leave a dry eye in the house.
We highly recommend this luau, and hope you enjoy it too!
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© 2013 Stephanie Hicks