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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.


  • 3.5-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 arts and crafts demonstrations
  • Watch a royal procession representing King Kamehameha and his legacy
  • Great fun for the entire family!

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What You Can Expect

Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island

Island Breeze Luau

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. After perusing the craft market, enjoying the feast, and watching 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.


The Luau Schedule:
• 5pm - Shell-lei greeting, photo taking, hosted seating, arts & crafts
• 5:30pm - Open Bar
• 6pm - Torch-lighting, Royal Court Arrival
• 6:30pm - Luau dinner buffet
• 7:15pm - Island Breeze Polynesian Revue
• 7:30pm - Open Bar Close
• 8:30pm - Luau ends

Sample Buffet Menu:
Lomi salmon
Kona-style poke
Cucumber namasu
Kona tomatoes
Macaroni salad
Waimea garden greens
Hawaii's own pinneapples
Cinnamon-spiced bananas
Banana bread
Steamed white rice
Uala - Hawaiian sweet potato
Kalua Pua'a - juicy roast pork
Kona broil - long-grain rice and chicken
Catch of the day fish
Coconut cake
coconut pudding
Kona coffee
Tropical fruit punch
Mai Tai and standard bar service

*NOTICE: Due to the Ironman Triathlon events that will be taking place at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, the venue for the luau on October 4, 6 & 9, 2016 will be moved to the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. Due to the venue change, there will not be an imu ceremony at the event, though the kalua pork will still be on the menu. Additionally, the royal court will not be arriving by a canoe.

Customer Reviews

John R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fun! Beautiful location. Excellent food! Spectacular dancing! Awesome fire dancer!

LaDester C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Luau was awesome !!!!! Food was awesome !!!!!

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I had such a wonderful time at the luau. The program and talent was wonderful! The variety of food was great and refreshing. Really a great time was had by all!!

Rachel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The luau was amazing from the re-enactments, to the dances and to the food! Loved, loved, loved the luau! Highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was a lot of fun. Marlea was friendly, accomodating and knowlegeable. That fact that it was pouring most of the time while we at Volcanoes was the only downside of the day, and obviously was just nature being nature. The scenery and stops were beautiful and the bus was comfortable. Great!

Randy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great times.

Randy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great times.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent. Performers were great.

Sunder R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Awesome Loved the dances, the music, the food, the orchid lei


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We really enjoyed this show. There was plenty to see and the dancing and costumes were first rate. Food was good and the open bar was plentiful and easy to access.

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