Diamond Head Luau in Honolulu, HI

Waikiki Aquarium2777 Kalakaua AvenueHonolulu, HI 96815
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Overview

Treat yourself to a traditional Hawaiian experience at Diamond Head Luau, located in the foothills of Diamond Head and on the shores of famous Waikiki. This exclusive luau focuses on personalized interaction, fun activities for the family, and a unique retelling of the Polynesian journey highlighting cultural expressions. A Hawaiian meal is served, too, adding to the exotic appeal of the luau.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Honolulu Travel Experts
  • Show duration: approx. 3 hours.
  • Held beachfront at Waikiki Aquarium.
  • Alcoholic beverages included with show.
  • Hands-on experiences before luau include lei making, Polynesian tattoos, hula lesson and more.
  • Dine on traditional and modern Hawaiian cuisine.

Description

from Diamond Head Luau
Grab your ohana (family) by the hand and walk down the beach to the Waikiki Aquarium in the foothills of Diamond Head for a special evening of food, music, and Hawaiian Culture! At a maximum of 200 Guests, we are proud to be Oahu’s most exclusive luau, focusing on quality and customer interaction. Enjoy a lei greeting, kava cocktails, hula lessons, basket weaving, lei making, Hawaiian tattoo and more before feasting on the best tasting traditional and contemporary Hawaiian food in the State – Catered by Haile’s.

Right as you’re starting to smell the Plumeria and realize that life can’t really get much better, the show begins and takes you on a fun journey through Polynesian Culture and Expression. We look forward to welcoming you and your family into our Hale (home) and sharing together an exciting evening on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach!

Days of Operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Check-in Time: 5:00 pm
Doors Open: 5:30 pm

Cultural Events: 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
• Coconut-headband weaving
• Polynesian tattoos (temporary)
• Hula lesson
• Lei making
• Ukulele lesson

Farm to Table:
• Admission to the Waikiki Aquarium (during luau hours)
• Fresh Flower Lei
• Mai Tai greeting
• Two (2) premium drink tickets
• Standard Luau Seating

Farm to Table Menu:
Locally Sourced Ingredients/Organic Whenever Possible

Pupu Station:
Enjoy our fresh pupus (appetizers) while you enjoy your welcome Mai Tais. At the appetizer station, we offer lychee wood-smoked local marlin dip and kalo (taro) hummus *V/GF served with freshly made uala chips (local sweet potato) and Punalu'u Farms ho'io salad (Hawaiian fern) Caprese salad.

Salad Station:
Kula baby romaine Caeser salad with parmigiana cheese slivers and cured akule flakes (Hawaiian smoked meat). Maui baby green salad with cherry tomatoes and fresh cucumbers from Ho Farms dressed with your choice of extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar or lilikoi vinaigrette *V/GF

Hot Food Station:
Grilled Bone-In Kalbi Short Rib (Locally Sourced Grass Fed), Huli Huli (Hawaiian Style) Rotisserie Chicken Breast, Vegan Vegetable Curry with Sautéed Tofu Cubes, and Above-ground Kalua Pig carving station.

Fresh Poke:
Featuring homemade poke including limu ahi poke with ginger soy dressing.

Vegetable Dishes:
A delicious vegan vegetable curry stew with crispy Aloha Farm Tofu *V/GF and a roasted farmers vegetable medley *V/GF

Island Fruit/Dessert Station:
To satisfy your sweet tooth we offer dessert options including a fresh, seasonal island fruit assortment, traditional Haupia, and our Ono Fruit pie made with ulu (breadfruit), mango and uala (local sweet potato) *V/GF

Non-Alcoholic Drinks:
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Canada Dry, Bottle Water, Juice (Pineapple, Orange, Guava, Lilikoi Passion, Strawberry Guava).

Drink Menu:
Full Bar with assorted Beer, White and Red Wine, Mai Tai, Mango Daquiri and Blue Hawaii.

Oahu Customer Reviews

22 Reviews
Sue L.
NZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Diamond Head Lauau. Opportunities lost. Reserve Direct - faultless"
February, 2019 NEW
We googled ‘lauau’ to find the best cultural experience. Diamond Head came up and appealed as it was ‘farm to table’, lei from real flowers, and had good reviews. Reserve Direct offered a discount on the rather expensive tickets, it was easy to get to from where we were staying, there was the chance to see the Aquarium within the ticket price - sounded great. We booked. I mistyped my email meaning the e-ticket wouldn’t come to me, but Reserve Direct fixed all that. We arrived a bit early, just as rain set in. Lauau staff managed this really well, got everyone into the Aquarium before the show so we weren’t outside in the rain. The entrance lei of fresh orchids was stunning. Great photos were taken. The show started and the compere got the crowd warmed up, some had clearly already had their three free drinks. The food was average for the price but pleasant enough. But if you want to see Hawai’i culture this isn’t the best place. We got traditional dance from four Polynesian cultures; our own, Aotearoa/NZ, was factually incorrect and became a cultural shambles when some idiot tried to wrestle the taiaha from the pretend warrior. Overall the very small but clearly talented crew didn’t do so well taking on other county’s. Our bad - we expected Hawaii and didn’t realise we’d get Samoan, NZ etc / which we’ve seen performed professionally. We got great views of the Hilton fireworks. Go for the service which was great, and the efforts of the crew, but if you want to know about Hawaiian culture try elsewhere. And if you want to see genuine Maori culture go to the source - Aotearoa/New Zealand.
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Tip: The Hawai’ian cultural experience is ‘light’, they cover other Polynesian countries.

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Jennifer Teague
Chuckey, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
December, 2018
This was an awesome luau and experience. The food was excellent. There was some confusion with our table number and that added some stress to an otherwise stress free event.
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Nader Ghazaleh
San Jose, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Luau in Oahu!"
December, 2018
I've gone to several luaus in my life and by far this has been the best one. The food was incredible and entertainment was fun and the activities even more fun. I would definitely recommend this to anyone experience a luau out for the first time or anyone needing a do-over.

What a great educational experience!
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Tip: Great Food, Amazing Ocean front Venue

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Karlee Sprader
Warren, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Time!"
October, 2018
We had a group of 7 and each one of us said that the luau was one of our favorite things we did while in Hawaii! It was nice to walk through the aquarium for a bit before we went outside. Being greeted with leis when we walked in then being able to make lei bracelets was an awesome experience. We all were able to get our complimentary drink then later fill the pineapple with cocktails!! There was different fun stations to take part in before the show that made the luau so much better. From the host to the bartenders to the performers, everyone was so nice. The food was great and plenty of it. And the show was awesome!
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Tip: Make sure to get all your drinks, the bar closes a little after the show starts. Come ready to laugh and have a good time!

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Sheryl Miniscalco
Amesbury, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Just perfect"
October, 2018
I loved everything minute! It’s very well run. The music was beautiful and such talented dancers. Everyone was so friendly!! The best pig I’ve ever had.
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Laura Hendricks
Fontana, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great performance but terrible food"
October, 2018
The performers were wonderful, they were 5 stars! The location was not terrible but not great. The aquarium did not stay open and we were rushed to see it by 6pm. The luau itself is a fenced in area, not very private. Could see people walking the beach. The food was absolutely terrible. Almost inedible. The pork was over salted. Chicken dry and the appetizers were a joke. I would not recommend anyone attend this for the price paid. Go to Paradise Cove!
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Tip: Don't come hungry

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Oahu Customer
Milwaukie, OR
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Excellant"
September, 2018
Lots of fun! Great drinks and a very tastey buffet! I thought there would be a couple more dances to watch, but over all I would definitely come back to this Luau again!
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Tip: Buffet style food and it's a very interactive Luau!

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Michael P.
WHITE PLAINS, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing Experience"
August, 2018
This show is worth every penny! The aquarium was great to start off in. We really enjoyed the walk through. The view from the Luau was incredible! We were right on the beach and we got some amazing pictures of the sun going down. The pre-show activities are really good and the drinks were good. The entire staff was amazing and worked really hard to make sure everyone was having a great time. The MC and band were great. Bring your appetite, there's plenty of food and it was all excellent.

The show was incredible! The performers were incredible and really looked like they were having fun.
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Tip: Bring your appetite!

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MHowser
Sacramento, California
"Huge disappointment, especially for the price"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2019 NEW
We paid $258 for two people with a Groupon deal and felt ripped off. The food was terrible and sparse. It was buffet style and as we worked our way down the buffet line, several trays of food were completely empty. Staff was extremely slow at refilling the trays. Small paper plates they gave us did not afford much room for food. Our ticket included a complimentary welcome mai tai which tasted like it had no alcohol in it. I went back for another and the bartender asked me if I wanted him to make it strong and I said yes. Hardly any alcohol in that one either. It was raining, which was of course not the fault of the staff or management, but rain had been expected and all they did for us was provide ponchos, which did nothing to keep our food and drinks out of the rain. I had seen pictures on Tripadvisor where the seats were under cover, and assumed that since the forecast predicted rain, they would have done that for us. But we were out in the open being rained on almost the entire time. Entertainment was okay, but the stage had a cheap look to it which made the price we paid all the more annoying.
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Tamuc2011
San Diego, California
"Not the best option."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
Just got back from the Diamond Head Luau and found the meal average. The band was good the dancers were fantastic. If you are looking for a luau close to Waikiki this will do it for you (within walking distance of the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel). Otherwise, you might want to consider another option, particularly based on the price.
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Tresleches
Tampa, Florida
"Very nice"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2019 NEW
Really enjoyable. Beautiful sunset. Nice show. Enjoy the dances from the different Polynesian islands. The food was really good. The staff was nice and friendly.
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lisamarie0830
Fredericksburg, Virginia
"Not worth the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019 NEW
For the price we paid to attend this luau it was not worth it. The food was average at best. Everyone in my party definitely had much higher expectations than what we received. The chicken and pork that was served on the buffet were both extremely dry. The show after dinner was decent, but the “activities” before dinner were not. Definitely not the experience we hoped for when attending a luau in Hawaii.
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Roneal P
"Best time of our lives!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2019 NEW
It would be impossible to express how amazing the show was the food was but the staff went above and beyond to provide us a more than enjoyable experience ! We leave Hawaii Thursday and if we did nothing else on this trip my family would be content do not hesitate to book definitely worth every penny private aquarium tour omg food I’m so so so happy if we had the money to go again we would we booked on Groupon almost $500 for four people but omg it was so worth it thank you diamond head i even Posted on Hawaii snap chat and got over 1k views I wish them all the success ! Thanks guys !!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Diamond Head Luau

What time should we arrive for check-in?
Check-in starts at 5:00 pm and the doors open at 5:15 pm.


What is the difference between Deluxe and VIP seating?
VIP seating includes the first 2 rows in front of the stage, deluxe seating starts on third row and back.

Is transportation included?
No, transportation is not included.


Does my child under 3 years need a ticket?
No, they are free and considered a lap child.


Is the Aquarium included with my luau ticket?
Yes, the Waikiki Aquarium is open until 8:30 pm only for guests of the Luau.


Where is the parking located?
Parking is available through metered street parking on the left-hand (park) side of Kalakaua Ave. A very limited number of free parking stalls are located in front of the Waikiki Aquarium entrance.