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Mauna Kea Oceanfront Luau

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Address: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9706
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+1 808-882-7222

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Great Luau!

If you enjoy a luau, this is a great pick. Skilled dancers, enthusiastic emcee and good food, all on the beach of the Mauna Kea resort. A good time was had by all.

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Joanne K
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking forward to our first luau and the Mauna Kea was recommended by many. The setting on the bluff over the ocean was beautiful and the sunset view was great. Enjoyed the relatively small setting as well. That's about where the positive experience ends. It was over $500 for four of us so we would expect decent food... More 

Thank Derek C
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited and paid just for the show, so we did not experience the buffet. The show was $103 for two people with a $15 Mai Tai. The show was interesting and seemed to be mostly a traditional hula story-telling style. The fire show was amazing! The show was about 45 minutes long.

Thank jelly813
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146 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We loved the luau. We arrived early and were greeted with leis. We got seats close to the stage as we were early. Behind the stage is the ocean and we saw the most gorgeous sunset as the performance unfolded. My pictures with the kings and queens on stage with sunset behind them are stunning, We saw the Imu ceremony.... More 

Thank PittsburghBambi
Piedmont, California
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The setting is perfect, the food is OK, the Mai Tais are the weakest you have ever tried, the music is good, the dancing is much better than good, the weather is fabulous, but the hostess, who functions as MC, talks way too much, which really breaks up the rhythm and momentum of the show and the beautiful dancers are... More 

1 Thank gtsaperstein
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

If you enjoy a luau, this is a great pick. Skilled dancers, enthusiastic emcee and good food, all on the beach of the Mauna Kea resort. A good time was had by all.

Thank Joanne K
Bellingham, Washington
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Dancers and food good; however, the server was horrible. Took our cards and ran them. When server brought back cards she handed them back to wrong people. Even handed us card for someone that wasn't even in our party. Didn't give us receipts so we checked our cards. She had charged one person for three. Sat for over 45 minutes... More 

1 Thank Heidi K
Vienna, Virginia
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791 reviews
457 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 571 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is a fun and authentic luau. The food is excellent with the traditional roasted pig but also fish, salmon and sashimi. It showcases the music and the hula of the Lim family. Our son greatly enjoyed the fire-knife dance. What a delightful time for the entire family. Good food, nice drinks, authentic traditional entertainment all under the stars of... More 

2 Thank fiamma11
New Jersey
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We are not fans of big, showy luaus, but we were traveling with 3 generations (9 people including 3 children), and we wanted to experience this as a family. We took the recommendation of our villa owner and went to Mauna Kea Luau. We had no expectation that we would enjoy the food - and were we pleasantly surprised! The... More 

2 Thank RUrahrah
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

The food was excellent and for the price it was good value. I have been to a couple of other commercial luaus, including the one at the Grand Hyatt on Kauai, and have generally found luaus to be tasteless both in food quality and sometimes in content (one I attended was overtly racist). This is the best I've been to... More 

1 Thank Kristin626
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37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Food was terrible, show was alright. Spent 30 minutes trying to get our waitress to correctly split the check into our 4 families, then our credit card was charged twice and still wasnt right. Talked to 2 different managers and now have to wait 24 hours to see if credit card issue was fixed. 18% gratuity was a rip off,... More 

2 Thank Lmb11

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