All the luaus on the Big Island are located on the Kona or Waikaloa coasts
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Big Island of Hawaii Luaus
Big Island of Hawaii luaus provide a "looking glass" into Hawaii's past.
There is nowhere else on the planet that you can truly attend an authentic Hawaii Luau outside the Hawaiian Islands and the Big Island of Hawaii offers you a wonderful variety of luaus.
Though there are many Big Island of Hawaii luaus, they all display certain similarities:
The Food: Sharing of the "gift of food" is an integral part of every Big Island of Hawaii Luau. The main ingredient of any luau is "Kalua Pork" or pig. Preparations for the cooking of the pig begin early the day of the luau. A large pit called an "imu" is dug in the sand. Dry, hardwood Kiawe wood (known in North America as Mesquite) is placed into the pit with rounded river rocks assembled on top. The wood is lit on fire and after a couple of hours all that is left on the bottom are hot coals and incredibly hot rocks which will maintain the heat for hours to come. The rocks are then spread evenly on the bottom and juicy, fresh cut banana stalks are placed on top. Finally, a layer of banana leaves provide a bed for the pig. The pig is then place in the pit and covered with more banana leaves and ti leaves and usually a gunnysack to keep the heat in. Finally the pit is covered with a tarp and beach sand. The rocks heat the juicy banana stalks causing a pressure cooker effect in the imu. After 6 to 8 hours the finished pig is unveiled. The intense steam has cooked the meat so it just falls away from the bone and the moisture from the banana stalks has kept the meat moist and delicious.
Other delicacies which are usually provided at a Big Island of Hawaii luau are chicken long rice, lomi lomi salmon, haupia (coconut desert), poi (very nutritious), veggies, salad, steaks, roasted chicken, fresh fish, rice, lots of specialty items, deserts and much more. An open bar is usually provided which includes Mai Tais and other adult beverages while the children are provided with lots to drink. Although you will probably find any number of the items on your plate unusual to say the least, you can always be assured that there will still be plenty of food available that still has some semblance of familiarity.
The Big Island of Hawaii Luau Entertainment: Another integral part of every Hawaii luau is of course the entertainment included from many of the various cultures from Polynesia. Here you will find some variation with regard to what different luaus provide. Very few luaus in the entire state are traditional Hawaiian in that they will only provide dance and song of the hula that is specific to the culture of old Hawaii. The vast majority of the others will provide entertainment that can be found from other cultures throughout the Pacific Rim such as from Tahiti, Samoa (with its famous fire dance), Fiji, and New Zealand. All Big Island luaus are always held during sunset. Most are located on beautiful beach locations with a view of the setting sun over the ocean. They will last about three hours or so in duration and there is no question that you will not only leave full and happy, but with an extra bit of the "Spirit of Aloha" that Hawaii is so famous for.
Tom's Tips - Big Island of Hawaii Luaus
- If you have children, luaus are a great idea. If your children are girls, luaus are a fantastic idea.
- Some Big Island of Hawaii Luaus offer a special option for front row seating at an extra charge.
- All of the Big Island of Hawaii luaus are located on the Kona or Waikoloa coasts. If you are traveling to visit the volcanoes on the Hilo side of the island you should probably reserve your luau on a different day allowing you plenty of time to see the sights at the volcanoes without having to rush back to catch the luau on time.
The Gathering of Kings Fairmont Orchid Luau is the up-scale luau offered by the luau specialists on the Big Island, the folks from Island Breeze. The Fairmont Orchid Hotel is well known for being one of the finest on the Big Island and thus it's no surprise that the Gathering of Kings Fairmont Orchid Luau is considered to be one of the finest as well. The show provided by Island Breeze and the delicious specialty items provided by the Fairmont Orchid fit the bill in entertainment and culinary arts.
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This traditional "King Kamehameha" Island Breeze Luau is held at the historic and picturesque Kamakahonu Bay, and the grounds of Ahu Ena, which was Kamehameha the Great's former estate at Kailua-Kona. The evening begins with a shell lei greeting, picture taking and a display of Polynesian crafts and demonstrations designed to teach about the island's traditions. Torches are lit and the conch shell is blown announcing the arrival of the Hawaiian Royal Court. Your evening has begun with much food, feast, drink and entertainment to follow.
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The Sheraton Keauhou Resort Luau offered by Island Breeze Productions offers an exciting luau for the whole family. Most luaus have fallen into an old and tired pattern, all featuring similar Polynesian songs and dances. This luau is different from the other Big Island Luaus. Not only does the Sheraton Keauhou Resort Luau with Island Breeze Productions feature authentic and historical Hawaiian songs, dances, music, language and chants, but it also tells you real stories about Hawaiian tradition, mythology, and lore. The Luau at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay really has it all when it comes to one of the Big Island Luaus.
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The Royal Kona Resort Luau has been a mainstay on the Big Island of Hawaii for many years. It is of course located at the Royal Kona Resort Luau grounds in Kailua-Kona. This three-hour luau includes a large buffet dinner and show which is called "Lava - Legends and Legacies" and is operated by Tihati Productions which also offers a variety of luaus on the other Hawaiian Islands. The capacity of the Royal Kona Resort Luau is about four-hundred people.
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If you've not been to the Waikoloa beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii you've not seen all the beauty that the Big Island has to offer and one of the popular luaus that is offered there is the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Luau. The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Luau has all the aspects of a luau you would expect to have with a fabulous luau buffet and open bar service. The dinner show is based on the songs and cultures of the islands of the Pacific including Tahiti, New Zealand, Samoa and of course Hawaii.
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Big Island of Hawaii Luaus - Every Hawaiian island has its luaus and if the Big Island is the island you’ve decided to visit, then you should do a luau here. No trip to Hawaii is really complete without one. This is the one activity that is so totally Hawaiian that to miss it would be to miss a link to the origins of old Hawaii. The food, the drink, the hula and entertainment, and the general social setting of this Hawaiian party is certain to make this evening a memorable highlight of your Hawaiian experience.