A Hawaiian Luau in Oahu
Do you like food with all-inclusive booze and entertainment on a beautiful beach? If you answered yes, then you should plan to go to a Hawaiian Luau when visiting Oahu.
In the spirit of full disclosure, group events with highly stylized and touristified shows like a Luau are not usually my cup of tea. I am more of a learn-about-the-culture-through-conversations-with-locals kind of gal, BUT having passed up on this activity on my first trip to Hawaii, I made a concerted effort to give it try during this trip on the recommendation of two ladies who were sitting by me on the flight over to Oahu. Both had lived or travelled to the islands on several occasions and recommended that I give it a try at least once.
On their recommendation, I made plans to go to Germaine’s Luau as a solo participant. They offered deals on Living Social and Groupon (U$45) and also provided transportation to the location (West Side of the island) for an additional U$20. As this was an event that I was planning to attend solo and it took place at night, I planned to take them up on the transportation so I could meet other people and enjoy a drink or two.
As it turned out Mr. Goodlife was able to join me last-minute and we made plans to attend and drive ourselves (Mr. G was my personal DD ).
So here is my review of a Hawaiian Luau:
- The location is fantastic, right at the beach and the sunset was phenomenal on this particular day
- The booze is included
- There is plenty of food
- Relatively cheap for entertainment, food and drinks when bought through a discount site
- The performers are good and keep the energy level up. I only wish I could move my hips like that… Goalz!
- I learned something about roasting a pig and Hawaiian/Polynesian culture
The NOT so Good
- The highly theatrical show- it’s somewhat stuck in the 70’s surfer boys era, I am not a fan of musicals in general, so it’s just a personal preference
- The food was ok, but not amazing. There was more than plenty, but it was not as tasty as I expected.
- It’s a hike to the location. It’s remote, dark and we got lost. I would highly suggest paying for the bus ride there. Not only they pick you up and drop you off in several locations in Waikiki, each bus had a bus leader that kept it fun throughout the Luau. The bus groups seemed to be having a great time!
Summarizing our experience, although a Hawaiian Luau is a more “touristy” activity than we are usually drawn to, it was actually surprisingly good. We ate, drank and had fun!
Have you been to a Hawaiian Luau and what was your experience like?