Legends of Hawaii Luau

Legends of Hawaii Luau – Take a Journey Through Island Culture and History in Waikoloa Village
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

For the perfect combination of storytelling and showmanship, treat yourself to a visit to the Legends of Hawaii Luau. Set in the heart of Waikoloa Village, this performance aims to take you on a journey through the island’s culture and history. Food and drinks perfect the experience, as does all the aloha that comes your way.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Have you always wanted to learn about the history and culture of the islands while having a blast? If so, you need to book a spot at the Legends of Hawaii Luau. They go big on storytelling and showmanship to delight the crowds while taking everyone on an educational journey. On top of that, they serve traditional food and drinks throughout the performance while infusing all they do with plenty of aloha.

For a chance to enjoy all that, you’ll need to get tickets well ahead of time. You can either go with basic seats or upgrade to their premium seating upfront. It’s an intimate setting though, so many people just get the regular seats. Either way, the show starts with a Hawaiian language lesson and hula dance instruction while everyone gets seated. The seating process can take a while since they take each group’s photo as they enter the venue. You can buy a copy of your photo after the show ends if you’d like a treasured memento of your trip.

After the crowd gets cozy and ready to watch the action on stage, the Torch Run begins. This torch lighting ceremony fills the air with the sound of drums while the performers beautifully light up Kamehameha Court. Once that’s complete, a Hawaiian blessing kickstarts the dinner service, starting with appetizers. The main course comes along next, followed by dessert right as the show begin. On top of that, the open bar stays in full swing all throughout the meal and beyond.

Right before the main show begins, the performers provide a coconut husking demonstration. Then, they kick off the performance about the Legends of Hawaii. The beloved fire knife dance serves as the grand finale, elevating the crowd’s excitement to a fever pitch.

Your meal will include:

Your meal will start with a full spread of tasty appetizers served family-style. Depending on what they have on hand, you may get crispy taro chips with onion dip, ahi poke, and a green salad. Warm Hawaiian bread always makes an appearance, so you can savor bite after bite of its light, fluffy deliciousness.

Main Course
The traditional luau main course always features kalua pig, teriyaki chicken, and fresh catch fish. Alongside all that, you may get mac salad, fried rice, roasted veggies, and many other incredible sides. Since it’s all served buffet style, you’re welcome to pick and choose to build out your ideal meal.

Dessert Tray
At the start of the main show, the dessert trays hit the table. Like the rest of the meal, the offerings change on a regular basis, depending on the season. You may end up with a sample of shortbread, cheesecake, macaroons, or something entirely different.

Your tickets come with full access to the drink bar featuring alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages galore. The first drink comes to your table before the show starts, but after that, you will need to stand in line. It’s well worth getting another taste of their fantastic Mai Tais, however. In the end, although their drinks are technically unlimited, the lines typically limit guests to two apiece max.

Insider Tips:
-Be sure to bring cash, so you can give your bartender a tip for each drink.
-Skip a long wait for your photos by watching for the crew setting up the table toward the end of the show. If you head over there before the show ends, you can usually purchase your picture without battling the crowds.
-Cover your food with a napkin when taking a break from eating to keep the gnats from getting a snack.