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Aha 'Aina a Royal Celebration at The Royal Hawaiian

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Neighbourhood: Waikiki
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Address: 2259 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2515 (Formerly Royal Luau)
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+1 808-923-7311
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Mon 17:30 - 21:00
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Good Experience, A Little Pricey

The food was above average, especially for a luau. This Luau is only once a week, and only allows 200 people or so and supposedly brings in the "stars" of the other luaus on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 December 2016
Orlando, Florida
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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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23 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we booked our tickets for this luau in late January, everything we read online said it was open bar. We figured the high price tag was worth it if we could enjoy the night with plenty of tropical drinks. When we arrived at the Royal Hawaiian to check in, they handed us each ONE drink ticket and said we'd... More 

1 Thank toxikon
Waikiki, Hawaii
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to several luau's and feel that this luau offers the best experience for guests. The view of diamond head in the background is fantastic, the luau food is top notch, and the entertainment is outstanding. If it's within your budget, splurge on this luau and book premier seating.

1 Thank Mykul808
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86 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I LOVED the Aha 'Aina at the Royal Hawaiian! We'd researched a lot of luaus and picked this one because it looked spectacular, and it did not disappoint! The setting was beautiful, the ocean as a backdrop and pretty tables and table settings in a lovely open area. The food...so good! There was so much to choose from and plenty... More 

2 Thank Tiana M
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

The food was above average, especially for a luau. This Luau is only once a week, and only allows 200 people or so and supposedly brings in the "stars" of the other luaus on the island. Less the emcee, who stumbled with his words on many occasions, I believe this was probably the case...the performers were excellent. The setting at... More 

2 Thank bsprau
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We enjoyed every minute of the amazing dinner show! It was a great was to relax and eat while we let someone else entertain us :) The food was great, a good mix of familiar and new tastes. The open bar was great - wife really loved the piña coladas. The setting was amazing, as you could enjoy watching the... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

I took the advice of my fellow Trip Advisors and booked the Aha 'Aina luau, partly because it is a tradition to attend a luau when visiting Hawaii, and because we were staying at the beautiful Royal Hawaiian, so it was literally right on our doorstep. The show, performers and presentation lived up to up to our highest expectations. Sadly,... More 

8 Thank sam H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

You can't beat this Luau experience in Waikiki, with the variety and quality of food, dancing, and drink within walking distance from every major hotel. I can't think of a better, more historic, or prettier location (Diamond Head in the background) to want to experience a luau. As it is only one night a week (Monday), this luau gets its... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We are from New Zealand, so have a solid cultural background - and having visited several South Pacific Islands ... we have a great understanding of traditional storytelling and dance ... but this was a great night! Set in the beautiful grounds of the Ocean Lawn at the Royal Hawaiian Resort ... oceanside ... Diamond Head looming to the left... More 

4 Thank Knikkers
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We are so disappointed that the luau was performed inside last night. We brought a couple celebrating their 20th anniversary that had never been to a luau and are so sad to share this experience with them. The weather was beautiful and we could have been outside. The food was good but it felt like we were at a buffet... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Spent the evening here for the Luau and show. The hotel was beautiful with diamond head as a backdrop. The food was delicious and plentiful. I was disappointed that they do not pull the pig out of the ground prior to eating so you can see the tradition. The performers were amazing telling the story of the Hawaiian culture and... More 

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