We initially checked in a the lobby where they directed us up to the Luau check in near the top of the building. We made our way up there and when we checked in there they gave us our entry tickets and our drink vouchers. After we were seated our hostess took our drink orders and then encouraged us to walk around to check out the various cultural exhibits. We spent some time checking it all out before we eventually returned to our seats to enjoy our cocktails.
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Travel Blog #149 - Deluxe Rooftop Waikiki Starlight Luau
What many people do not know is that you do not HAVE to leave Waikiki to do a Luau. There is actually a luau that is held at a massive rooftop luau grounds. Granted, you're not going to have your feet in the sand while your eating but you will have a view of the water and you will not have to get on a bus to drive 20-30 minutes in each direction on your way to and from the luau grounds. From when I first heard about this luau I really wanted to check it out so we decided to go tonight to see how we liked it.
Before long the MC of the night walked onto the stage and announced that the luau buffet was about to open. To avoid chaos at the buffet they brought each table to the buffet one at a time. When I first got to the luau grounds I had a conversation with the Luau Manager who brought me around the luau grounds to explain the details about why they do things how they do. One of the points that he made while showing me around was the fact that in addition to the traditional luau foods they made sure to include other kinds of dishes that might seem more familiar to people. There was even a "kids" buffet where there were all kinds of familiar foods that should satisfy even the most picky child.
Soon after we were finished eating the show began. It was a very fun show that had dancers from all around the Pacific Rim. There were traditional Hawaiian Hula Dancers, as well as Tahitian, Fijian, Tongan and Samoan dancers. My favorite part of the show was the final act. It was the fire knife dance and what was special about it was how many of the dancers were participating. Normally, the luaus have a fire knife specialist that will come out by themselves (or sometimes with a partner). At this luau it was a whole different story, they had a whole squad of fire dancers on the stage at once, it was amazing!
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