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Overview

If you find yourself scouring Big Island reviews for the best luau in Kona, be sure to check out the Island Breeze luau, located right downtown. This immensely popular Big Island luau features shows from around Polynesia, with performances ranging from Fijian war dances to traditional Hawaiian hula. The night is capped off by the heart-pounding action of the Samoan fire and knife show, and in addition to shopping for traditional crafts and receiving your own shell lei, you can feast on a filling Hawaiian buffet that’s paired with an open bar.
  • 3-hour Luau experience in Kona
  • Be amazed by an array of performances in a beautiful oceanfront setting
  • Enjoy an authentic, Hawaiian-style buffet and open bar
  • Receive a traditional shell-lei greeting and participate in preliminary activities with the cast
  • Watch a royal procession representing King Kamehameha and his legacy
  • Great fun for the entire family!
The Polynesian production at the Island Breeze luau has been voted 'best in west Hawaii,' and when you spend an evening at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, it’s easy to see why this Big Island luau is one of the most popular in town.

Held on the shores of Kamakahonu Bay. The luau is set near Ahu’ena — King Kamehameha’s former estate — and provides visitors with a backdrop of paddlers, boaters, and Hualalai volcano. When it’s time to eat before the show, choose from a 22-dish buffet that will satisfy even the biggest eaters, and enjoy the drinks at the open bar as the sun disappears on the horizon. During the royal procession, sit back and watch as King Kamehameha arrives in an outrigger canoe and performers offer an oli, or chant, while others blow on the conch.

Over the course of the fiery Polynesian revue, you’ll travel across the Pacific Ocean from Fiji to Aotearoa, and hear dances, chants, stories, and tales from Tonga, Hawaii, and Samoa.

Itinerary

The Luau Schedule:
  • 5pm - Shell-lei Greeting and Photo Taking
  • 5:15pm – Hosted Seating
  • 5:30pm - Open Standard Bar and Preliminary Activities
  • 6pm - Torch-lighting, Royal Court Arrival
  • 6:30pm - Luau dinner buffet
  • 7:15pm - Island Breeze Polynesian Revue
  • 7:30pm - Open Standard Bar Close
  • 8:30pm - Luau ends

Buffet Highlights
  • Lomi Salmon 
  • Kona-style Poke
  • Cucumber Namasu
  • Kona Tomatoes
  • Waimea Garden Greens
  • Poi 
  • Uala - Hawaiian sweet potato 
  • Kalua Pua'a - juicy roast pork 
  • Kona Broil – beef
  • Kona Coffee BBQ Chicken
  • Catch of the day – fish
  • Coconut Pudding
  • Banana Bread

Reviews

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S
, Jul 2018

The food isn't great, but it isn't bad. I've never been to a luau before, but it was about as good as what I'd expect from a mediocre Vegas buffet. The dancers and MC were amazing -- really made the night. The bar was open, but there was only one bartender and the drinks were bottom shelf. Bud and budlight for beer, the cheapest liquor you could find, and disgusting wine. It met my expectations, but I wouldn't go back. Definitely something you should do at least once in your life, though.

T
, Mar 2018

Show was great. Food was good. Drinks at open Bar was very good. Bar closes before show ends, they neglect to inform you before they close.

g
, Feb 2018

weather related: bad parking at extra cost then looking to fined where the line-up was no signs , after waiting in line and being sent out side in the rain and given a rain poncho only then told to go back in hotel ot another room that had no signs or people to say where to go .then had to wait about another hour to set up the room only to have the stage so low you couldn't see any of the floor dance work .truely felt like a school production vs something I paid 133.00 for . at the end 1 guy did a fire dance on the front grass of the hotel so everyone in the hotel and street got to watch in the pouring rain dropping things as it was really wet ....food was cold as it took the extra time to reset up lots of confusson on the part of staff setting up ... if I was to do it over would have booked when I got there so I could see what the weather was like first

K
, Jan 2018

My husband and I went to this luau in January 2018. It was right at our hotel so it was wonderful in that we didnt even have to drive anywhere after the luau. The dinner was great and the show was fantastic that they put on. The one thing I would recommend is to have an additional bartender or two. The line was very long to get a drink since they were only two bartenders. But all in all, I would highly recommend this luau to anyone who wants to have a fun evening and a great dinner. Karen and Richie

K
, Jan 2018

This luau was very nice even though there were maybe 200 people in attendance. Very well organzied. The food and drinks were very good and the show was enjoyable. I like the history/culture lesson they incorporate into the show. I liked the setting as well - next to a beach with the sun setting.

B
, Jan 2018

The staff was super friendly and the show was great. The food was okay, it seemed a bit bland to us but there were many choices to pick from.

H
, Dec 2017

We had a large group of 10 with someone who needed handicapped accessiblity. The staff, especially, Uncle Benny, were very helpful and nice. We were able to be seated with no problem. The activities and learning to hula were very fun. The best part were the dancers. They didn't just dance, they interacted with the crowd and made it extremely entertaining. Thanks for making our vacation even more memorable

N
, Dec 2017

The performances and food were great! However, it all felt a bit rushed. Some of the performances were on while we were lining up for food - so we missed some. For a buffet, all the food and 'open bar' was packed away rather quickly. It was a good night time activity!

C
, Nov 2017

Arrived to a very long line of people down a hallway and waited 15-20 minutes before being seated. After the check-in directed through an offer to purchase a flower lei or a photo opportunity. Then we were directed to a large table and the open bar. We enjoyed the Mai Tai while waiting for the Royal Procession. The show was just OK. I've been to many Lau's with a dance show and this one felt a bit over commercialized. Earlier seating instead of having us standing in a very long line and herded like cattle would have improved my experience.

M
, Oct 2017

The costumes and performances were great! Of course, the fire dancer is always a huge highlight and he didn't let us down. The event ran like a well oiled machine and the staff always had a friendly smile. My 3 traveling companions had never been to Hawaii and a luau is a must and they were so impressed. I highly recommend this luau to all.


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