A "luau" inside an air-conditioned ballroom. For the nearly $100/person price, you can't even get a decent drink. The Mai-Tais were made with fake syrup, not even real juice... After an awful one, opted for a beer, but they didn't even serve up a local brew... Just Bud or Bud Lite. Ew. How about some wine?... From a giant plastic bottle. Coffee? Bleh. Sat on the heat too long and tasted burnt. My kids wouldn't touch the"fruit punch". Food was bland and generally overcooked. The dancers and musicians were phenomenal- but the hotel is just out to take your $$.
Save your money and go to Disney...
We visited Kona over Christmas and went to the Island Breeze Luau at the King Kamehameha Hotel. It was a great meal followed by a great show. The buffet had food for everyone including my 8 year old. He loved the show as well. This is a great outing for the whole family.
Went on a rainy day. Unfortunately, our luau was brought indoors. But, the employees were extremely welcoming and hospitable. Food was just ok.
There are a few Luau's to choose from on the Big Island, and I believe this one is rated the best. For what it is, I would say the did a great job getting people excited, teaching you some of the cultural aspects of Hawai'i, and having a good meal. The day we went there were threats of storms so everything had to be moved inside. This took away from the ambiance and we had to wait for 45 minutes, but nothing could be done about it.
If you have never gone to a Luau, then I definitely recommend. I do not see the value in going more than once.
Four of the six of us were from overseas. Since they had never been to a Luau they found the dancing and music enjoyable, and the food good tasting. My husband and I had attended a Maui Luau a few years ago, and It was really outstanding: before anyone sat down, we could tour the grounds, look at and learn about the imu ceremony, learn about the old Hawaiian crafts, learn about the historic dress and meaning, the history of the Hawaiian people, watching the pig being dug up and taken away for carving. It was really great. The Island Breeze Luau, on the other hand, was kind of like a cafeteria... waiting in a long line in the hotel when it opened, being led to a long cafeteria style table outside where we sat (listening to the entertainment) until being called to walk to the several tables of food. I can't complain about the food... it was tasty. Luckily the weather was good and appropriate for eating outside. No bugs flying around ( : -)) The arrival of the costumed Hawaiians in the boat was enjoyable at the beginning of the show. It just didn't feel like the real historic Hawaii culture to us. Too commercial. It's a shame.
I've never been to a luau and never thought it was going to be educational; which it was. I thought it was all drinks and food which it was but again, very educational. I loved it. The family loved it. I won't be surprise when we return, the family wants to return for another show.
The best luau in the islands. Food and entertainment remains top-notched. They did run out of some of the food early but we ate till we slept. can't wait til 2020.
At the $80+ price, I expected much more for the evening.
Food selection and quantity was limited, especially for a buffet. The "cafeteria tray" plates were tacky and awkward to eat out of. Handsome but better suited for dip.
Even the "open bar" was a waste of money if you don't drink sugary cocktails or well drinks or any alcohol at all. The bartender wasn't sure if the white wine was chardonnay or sav blanc.
The dances kinda blurred and the authenticity is lost when the males dancers seem to be phoning it in. Not a lot of Hawaiian dance or music overall. The emcee could have cut the lounge singer voice.
Insult to injury: I paid for this all in advance.
That all said: the Hawaiian wedding dance was nice, the coconut buster was great with the audience, and it was very family friendly.
Solutions for the Island Breeze Luau: half the price and offer either food or the Polynesian revue with Hawaiian cultural displays. Expand the food, serve more of it. Don't even bother with alcohol, there is a bar at the hotel. More group coordination of the dancers and make it interactive with the crowd. People want to get onstage and hula or make scary Maori faces.
For everyone else, catch whatever your hometown Polynesian revue rstaurant offers or watch this show from the beach after you eat at anywhere outside of Kona's tacky tourist district.
The food on this Luau was just OK, but all Luau food is just OK
The entertainment was better than other Luaus I have been to.
The price was ok.