The Best Luau: Kona Cultural Adventures Review

04.19.10

imageWhen you’re headed to Hawaii and looking for a luau Kona is THE place to catch the best show on the islands. Whether you’re looking for a luau in combination with other fun activities such as snorkeling or whale watching, or you are simply after an authentic Hawaiian experience in tradition and culture, you’ll find it here. Let’s take a look at the 3 best luaus on the Big Island.Best Luau in Kona #1: Island Breeze LuauThe awesome thing about this luau is that it is held on the former estate grounds of King Kamehameha – perhaps the most famous king in Hawaiian history. You can expect a beautiful shell lei greeting at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel where you can wander about and absorb the incredible scenery. This luau is also neat because you can take in the Polynesian arts and craft demonstrations at your leisure – and there’s quite a bit to take in! From the performers you’ll see later at the Island Breeze Polynesian Revue (where you can catch Samoan Fire-Knife Dance!) to the Royal Court processional which gives you a glimpse back through time with its arrival on a traditional outrigger canoe, you’ll leave this event feeling fully saturated in Polynesian culture. Menu items include everything Hawaii, from fish to fruits to island cocktails, so you’ll leave with a satisfied belly too!Best Luau in Kona #2: Royal Kona Luau “Lava-Legends & Legacies”At this luau in Royal Kona Resort, kids under 5 attend free and the festivities include a traditional lei greeting, Imu Ceremony, an open bar and an all you can eat Polynesian buffet featuring some of the best food you’ll find on the islands. This event focuses more on providing you with a spectacular, fast-paced musical journey through the South Pacific island traditions. It is a great luau to catch if talented singers, musicians, dances and drummers rarely seen elsewhere are your cup of tea. Best Luau in Kona #3: Waikoloa Beach Marriott LuauThis Royal Luau prides itself on being the most authentic luau and show on the island. It takes place at a gorgeous ocean front setting, at sunset.  You’ll hear the welcoming sound of a conch shell that marking the beginning of the show. The Imu ceremony starts things off (the uncovering of the steam roasted suckling pig is not to be missed!) and is followed by a train of delectable Hawaiian dishes served at the buffet. Having the opportunity to eat under the Hawaiian stars while being serenaded by traditional music and dance creates an eerie, dream-like quality that you’ll never forget, making this luau an incredible way to spend an evening on the Big Island. If you’re visiting the Big Island and looking for a cultural experience to take home with you, a luau, Kona-side is the only way to go!

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