Starlight Luau At The Hilton
Great Food, Great Show, Convenient Location

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The Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is a unique way to experience a luau because of the more intimate setting and very good food-2 qualities missing in most luaus these days.

It's close location in Waikiki prevents having to travel great distances and the dancers are world reknown and award winning

What Is The Waikiki Starlight Luau

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A luau is a party of sorts Hawaiian style that is a celebration of a special occassion. It includes food, dancing and activities.

They have become a commercial event in Hawaii happening everyday with different venues offering varations on the same theme.

There is live music, dinner and a show with dancers performing different genres of Polynesian dance such as Hawaiian hula, Tahitian and of course Samoan fire dancing.


Where & When Is It?

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The luau is at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki and held Sundays-Thursdays.

Check in is at 5:15pm and it ends about 8:15pm. It is held on the roof of their parking structure facing the ocean.

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What Do You Eat?

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Traditional Hawaiian food such as Kalua Pork, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Huli Huli Chicken and Poi.

There are other options to eat as well such as salads (lettuce, fruit & pasta), rice, prime rib, sushi, chicken, fish, rice, potatoes and dessert.

There is a kiddie food buffet bar too offering tater tots & chicken nuggets.

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The Starlight luau at the Hilton is one of my top 2 choices for luau food. The food at most luaus leaves a lot to be desired to be quite honest but at the Hilton they do a very good job. I would go there just to eat again.


Waikiki Starlight Luau-The Show

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FANTASTIC! The male dancers have won their category of dance at the famed Merrie Monarch hula competition held annually on the Big Island every year.

This is like the Olympics of Hawaiian dance with competitors coming from all around the world who have been training all year long.

They have all of the traditional elements for a great show and a very good host/singer. The music is all played live.

I think the fact that the venue wasn't super large added to the experience-the acoustics and feeling engaged by being to the stage helps.

There is hula dancing, Tahitian dancing with the girls wearing coconut bras and grass skirts and of course impressive fire dancing.

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How Does This Luau Compare To Other Luaus?

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-It is close to most hotels since it is in Waikiki (walking distance or short cab ride); other luaus on the island take close to 1 hour or more to commute to
-Excellent food
-4 fire dancers
-Smaller, more intimate feel
-Excellent dancers who've won competitions & performed at the White House
-Easy to take photos with the dancers afterwards-not hundreds of people there trying to do the same thing
-Everybody has a pretty good view


-On the roof of a building instead of grass or sand; not very island like
-No Imu Ceremony (pig is removed from underground oven & blessed before dinner)
-Limited space to do activities



How Much Does It Cost?

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There are 2 types of packages with the stage set up like a boxing ring. Read below:

Golden Circle

Fresh orchid flower lei greeting
Front row seating around the stage
First to go to the buffet

General Seating

Shell lei greeting
General seating
Buffet dinner



TIP: Also nearby is the Atlantis Submarine at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The last sail is at 3:00pm most days. This could be done beforehand.

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