Several years ago my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful few days at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, located on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. While we enjoyed every aspect of the resort and its beautiful location, we were unable to attend the resort's Royal Luau, which is held on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.
Recently the resort has added a family-themed luau, appropriately named the Sunset Family Luau, where children (keiki in Hawaiian) get to perform a lively hula on stage.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa's New Sunset Family Luau - Photo by Zac's Photos
The Sunset Family Luau will be held every Saturday at sunset at the resort's Luau Grounds. Dancers will teach an authentic hula dance to the children so they can perform the opening act on stage and take a bow. In addition, kids will enjoy hands-on cultural activities such as pu (conch shell) blowing, 'ulu maika (stone bowling) and coconut husking before the show begins.
As the resort's General Manager, Bill Countryman, explains, "In anticipation of the traditional peak family travel season in the Spring and Summer we're adding a family-themed luau to the resort's offerings here at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. While our current Sunday and Wednesday Royal Luau is a great experience for all our guests, the new Saturday Sunset Family Luau will cater to the 'ohana (family) and the keiki."
The Sunset Family Luau includes:
- Aloha welcome with picture-taking and "Red Gecko Punch"- a refreshing beverage
- Keiki hula lessons to prepare for the opening performance
- Educational cultural tour of the ancient Hawaiian fishponds that front the resort and surrounding areas
- Pu (conch shell) blowing contest
- Talk story with Hawaiian entertainers
- Hawaiian crafts and games including 'ulu maika (bowling with a round stone through wood pegs), coconut husking and Polynesian tattoos
- Traditional ceremony to unearth the imu (underground oven) to reveal the Kalua Pig that will be enjoyed during dinner
- Special keiki dinner buffet
- Lively Polynesian music and dance performances culminating with the spellbinding Samoan fire knife dance!
General seating prices are $98 for adults and $50 for children six to 12 years old. Children five years old and under will attend for free. For kama'aina (Hawaii residents) with valid Hawaii ID, the price is $75 for adults. Taxes excluded.
Premier seating includes preferred first row seating, lei greeting and Hawaiian pupu (appetizer). Premier seating prices are $123 for adults, $75 for keiki six to 12 years old, and $25 for keiki five years old and under if requiring a seat. Taxes excluded.
For more information or to make reservations, you can call the resort at (808) 886-6789.
If you'd like to learn more about the resort, you can read our review of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and view our gallery of 24 photos of the resort.