Hawaii Evening Shows

By Andy Beth Miller

Photo: Andy L.

Photo: Andy L.

While spending lazy days luxuriating in the Hawaiian sun’s warm rays and working on your tan while laying on sparkling white sand beaches are all well and good, when night falls on your island vacay, it’s time to get out your best dress and shiny shoes and head out for a fun night out.

And there’s just no better way to while the evening hours away than by enjoying a spectacular night show. From delicious and exciting dinner shows to cultural showcases, musical performances and more, there’s something amazing awaiting you, no matter which island you are on.

Extravagant Evening Shows on Oʻahu

The Gathering Place is a proper nickname for Oʻahu, as the island brings together some of the most fun evening entertainment in Hawaiʻi, including evening shows that rival the likes of those in Las Vegas or even Broadway. Make an evening out in Waikiki memorable, listening to ancient Polynesian stories of lore and supernatural intrigue at Magic of Polynesia, featuring master stage illusionist John Hirokawa, or sway to the sweet melodies of Rock-A-Hula, a musical production that presents the best material of the globe’s most iconic names.

Another Waikiki option not to be missed is Blue Note (a world renowned jazz club)! You can even combine a night show with a dinner cruise and come aboard the cleverly named E Sea Rider for a fun Rock N Roll Blues Cruz! Not to be forgotten, the North Shore’s Polynesian Cultural Center has its famed lūʻau show that regularly whisks guests away to the far off shores of Polynesia via an awe-inspiring extravaganza.

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Exhilarating Evening Shows on Maui

Maui nights are equally exhilarating, with The Maui Theatre regularly hosting fantastic performances, among which is the most popular ʻUlalena show, which shares the story of Hawaiʻi’s people, and another fan favorite, Elvis tribute Burn’n Love. For those with a bend toward the mystical things of this world, Maui’s magic show Kupanaha certainly does not disappoint, offering spectators mesmerizing feats and optical illusions in abundance. Also not to be missed are the myriad of entertainment options available on an ongoing and rotating basis at Maui Arts and Cultural Center, where visitors can enjoy exciting as well as educational evening performances.

Exciting Luau Evening Shows on Kauaʻi

On Kauaʻi you can find authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian lūʻaus on nearly every side of the island. Popular picks to enjoy performances while supping on succulent, savory and oh-so-ʻono (delicious) fare include the Tahiti Nui Luau in Hanalei and Smith’s Tropical Paradise Luau in Kapaʻa. Still seeking more? Cruise on over to Luau Kalamaku Dinner Show, held at the lovely historical Kilohana Plantation.

More Ono Evening Offerings on Big Island

The Big Island and its iconic Kona coast boasts some of the best lūʻau scenes in Hawaiʻi, with exceptional local cuisine like kalua pork prepared in an ʻimu, chicken long rice, lomi lomi salmon, haupia (coconut desert), poi, Mai Tais and more. Also to be enjoyed is of course the lūʻau entertainment, which includes dance and song (hula) specific to the culture of old Hawaiʻi, as well as other cultures throughout the Pacific Rim like Tahiti, Samoa (think: fire dance), Fiji, and New Zealand, depending on which one you attend. Two popular picks for most visitors are the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Sunset Luau and the Royal Kona Resort Luau.

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While out enjoying any one of these spectacular evening offerings, just remember to act responsibly (while still having an absolute blast)! A Hui Hou!