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Mauna Kea - Luau

6 reviews
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$50 and over
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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) At Mauna Kea’s Luau, you can have the opportunity to engage in the celebration of a traditional Hawaiian luau. You’ll experience an authentic imu ceremony and watch as the kalua pork is unearthed from an underground oven. We offer bountiful island feast followed by a show of enchanting songs and hula from ancient Hawaii to the present

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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Hours of operation
Tuesday & Friday Nights
5:30 PM - Imu Ceremony
6:00 PM - buffet
Picture Taking: 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
(pictures are developed nightly and available for purchasing)

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Phone number
(808) 882-5810
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Peter Pahk
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Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap and her award-winning halau (troupe).

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 1, 2016

One of the better luaus, with decent food and a nice location.

vipsdsoccer26 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

Great location. Good show. Food is barely edible. Low end buffet

vipOaksdiner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on November 24, 2015

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think "luau" is the Hawaiian word for "bar mitzvah." If it isn't it, the Mauna Kea had me fooled. The food was not great nor was the seating or the service. Calling it "fair" would be generous. That said, the show was cool and worthwhile. They separate the show price from the food price on the bill; it's still not clear to me if you can go to the show and skip the food. If so, do that. My bill with no extra drinks came to about $370.00, by far the most expensive meal we had during our trip and also by far, the worst.

AltoonaEd (Pittsburgh)
3.0  Dined on April 28, 2015

The cost for the dinner & show was $96 pp. $60 for dinner & $36 for the show. If you really want to go to a luau, save $60 & just go to the show. Good variety of mediocre buffet style Hawaiian food. There are many other places on the Big Island to try excellent local cuisine at much more reasonable prices. The show itself was good, with very talented dancers & fire twirlers.

MediaProf (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on April 7, 2015

The performances were quite good, reciting Hawaiian history and giving background on the various forms of Hawaiian dance and cultural significance. The food was traditional (roast pig, beef, etc) in keeping with the idea of a luau, though it also comes with the obvious downside of feeding some 200 odd people buffet-style -- a lot of hit and miss. But, this show is all about the performance, and the location and execution was done quite well.

vipLuv2eat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2014

By far the best luau food I have ever had. Smaller scale luau show but still well done and the performers are top notch. No bad seat in the house. Spectacular view. I will go back!