This Waikiki Luau Under the Starlight is Truly Magical
Waikīkī’s only complete lū‘au under the stars is the Waikiki Starlight Lu‘au hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Poised on the Great Lawn right off of the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon—the only lūʻau located at this scenic local—the epic experience is one that takes you on a celestial journey throughout Polynesia. A voyage across the south pacific, ancient dance and song depict the migration of Polynesian navigators who sailed from Tahiti to their eventual home islands of Hawai‘i.
The journey presents exotic cuisine paired with authentic entertainment and mesmerizing melodies can always be found at a memorable Hawaiian lūʻau. Commonly known as a gathering of lively entertainment with an abundance of delicious delicacies, the lūʻau is a celebrated occasion where men, women and families come together as part of a cultural tradition. It is an integral—some would even say necessary—part of any vacation to Hawaiʻi, especially for families with keiki.
Many years ago skilled navigators and mariners sailed more than 2,000 miles across the ocean before eventually settling in the Hawaiian Islands. A lūʻau showcases and celebrates this voyage with music, song, dance and an homage to the explorers and the fruits, vegetables, plants, animals, experiences and adventures they brought with them. Visiting a lūʻau is like taking a step back in time to when native Hawaiians and Polynesians utilized various art forms to signify and perpetuate their experiences—and its a great, entertaining introduction to Hawaiian culture and moʻolelo (stories).
The moment you walk through the door to the Waikiki Starlight Lu‘au you are greeted in the traditional fashion with a fresh flower lei and an abundant feeling of excitement and warm aloha. Entertainers gleefully welcome you with engaging conversation, a specialty cocktail reception, interactive activities like group hula classes, diverse culinary influences and riveting on-stage performances.
A gathering in Hawaiʻi would not be complete without a delectable food feast. A variety of crisp farm fresh salads, sweet potato and Hawaiian classics including lomi lomi salmon, kalua pork and huli huli chicken are a must. The tropical flavors of the islands incorporate the tastiest proteins, with the most nutrient produce and the sweetest endings with ingredients like macadamia Nuts and haupia (coconut pudding).
As the fiery sun sets below the horizons—a performance in its own right—and the shining stars in the sky take over, the show begins in earnest. Lively drums awaken the soul while enchanting dancers mesmerize your senses. The journey of thousands of miles begins as the quest to find new land leads navigators through the South Pacific. Vibrant hips and gentle hands invite visitors to join this time of exploration, adventure and navigation when only the stars and the tides guided the way.
Consider the first song an introduction to hula as voyagers from thousands of miles away embark on a momentous journey. Te Ava Mo’a Kahiko is a form of kahiko, an ancient hula. This song depicts this epic voyage sailing by canoe from Tahiti Nui through the vast Pacific and on to the islands of aloha — the journey begins. Performances also include one of Waikīkī’s most exhilarating fire knife dances with awe-inspiring acrobatic stunts as well as musical acts showcasing native Hawaiian music and Polynesian chants.
It isn’t just the dancers and musicians who claim the spotlight, but the mistress of ceremony serves as a guide during the show’s elaborate expedition and often shines brightly with her angelic voice, vivacious energy and contagious melodies. The emcee will also welcome you with a song, or two, singing of the main shores of the island of O‘ahu. Her song speaks of the coastline from the Wai‘anae mountain range to O‘ahu’s famed North Shore and then back to Waikiki’s southern shores welcoming each visitor whether kama‘āina (local) or malahini (foreigner)
An impressive collection of live music and dance unfolds before your very eyes while showcasing the many talents, stories and fables of Polynesian and Hawaiian folklore. Riveting stories of fishermen, the sandy shores of Samoa, traditional Maori dance, authentic Polynesian tales, a loving tribute to romance in Hawaiʻi and a dazzling four-man fire dance will burn a wonderful memory into your mind.
This cultural gathering engages all the senses, leaves you hungry for a desire to learn more and to explore the islands of Hawai‘i. In one night you will partake in the voyage of discovery, perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and remember those who came before.
For more information, visit the Waikiki Starlight Luau’s website or call (808) 949-4321. Tickets start at $170 per adult (12 years and up) and $110 per child.
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