Ka Moana Luau in Waimanalo, HI

Sea Life Park41-202 Kalanianaole HwyWaimanalo, HI 968795
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Overview

As the only luau on the Windward side of Oahu, Ka Moana Luau takes you on an epic journey through Polynesia. During this incredible night of music, dance, cuisine, and fun, audiences celebrate the culture of Hawaii. With the luau’s breathtaking backdrop of sweeping Hawaiian mountains and awe-inspiring ocean views, you will never forget your Ka Moana Luau experience.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Waimanalo Travel Experts
  • Waikiki area hotel transportation is available starting at 3:30 pm.
  • Parking fee is $5 for guests who prefer to drive.
  • Taste traditional Hawaiian dishes like Kalua pork, Lomi Lomi salmon, Mahi Mahi and poi.
  • Guests receive a shell lei.
  • Activities include hula lessons, temporary tattoos, ukulele lessons, and lei making.

Description

from Ka Moana Luau
Join our `ohana (family) at the only lu`au on O`ahu’s beautiful Windward side as we take you on a voyage through Polynesia for an unforgettable evening of traditional music, dance, and cuisine. Celebrate culture, family, romance and pure Hawai`i where the Ko`olau mountain meets the moana. A breathtaking mountain-ocean vista sets the mood for your unforgettable evening at O`ahu’s only authentic lu`au located on world famous Makapu`u coastline near Honolulu.

Interact one-on-one with the dancers as you experience first hand some of the most beloved traditions of the islands through interactive cultural activities including lei making, hula lessons, coconut-headband weaving, ukulele lessons and more! Gather around the `umu as we unearth your dinner. Feast upon the all-you-can-eat lu`au buffet bountiful in fresh, locally sourced products and traditional flavors, working closely with farmers and partners in the Waimanalo community for the finest ingredients that offer a taste of the islands. Taste traditional Hawaiian dishes like mouthwatering Kalua pork, Lomi Lomi salmon, Mahi Mahi, and poi. Dance under moonlit skies beside shimmering waters and the remote Makapu`u Lighthouse.

There is no doubt that Ka Moana Lu`au is one of the best lu`au parties on Oahu! Witness how this award-winning production and show incorporates inspirations from the ahupua`a of Waimanalo and indulge in an evening that embraces these unique surroundings.

The memories will last a lifetime.

Cultural Activities:
• Lei Making
• Tattoos (temporary)
• Hula Lessons
• Coconut-headband Weaving
• Ukulele Lesson

Buffet Menu:
Greens and Salads:
• Island Greens w/local Lilikoi (Passionfruit) Vinaigrette or Ranch Dressing
• Fruit Salad
• Lomi Lomi Salmon

Starch Options:
• Fresh taro rolls
• Poi samples
• Stir-fried Noodles
• Sweet potatoes
• Steamed white rice

Main Dish:
• Fresh Grilled Mahi Mahi w/Mango/Papaya Salsa
• Chicken Yakatori Skewers
• Kalua pork

Dessert:
• Haupia (Coconut), Guava and Chantilly Cake
• Macadamia Nut Cookies

Beverage Options:
• Coffee
• Hot tea
• Fruit punch

Bar Options:
• Island Mai Tai's
• Salmon Creek Chardonnay, Merlot, and White Zinfandel
• Domestic beers: Budweiser and Bud Light
• Soft drinks: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite
*additional drinks may be offered at the discretion of Sea Life Park.

Following dinner guests enjoy an award-winning production highlighting the vibrant traditions of Hawaii and Polynesia! Your experience culminates with a Polynesian sword of fire! Don't be surprised to find yourself as part of the experience.

All luau tickets include admission to Sea Life Park, valid for redemption same-day of the luau or within seven (7) days after luau date.

Moana Classic Package:
• Shell Lei
• One (1) standard drink ticket
• Standard luau seating
• Buffet dinner
• Admission to Sea Life Park

Moana Splash Package:
• Deluxe Shell Lei
• Two (2) standard drink tickets
• Deluxe luau seating
• Buffet dinner
• Admission to Sea Life Park

Moana Celebrity Package:
• Fresh flower lei
• Mai Tai Welcome Drink
• Two (2) drink tickets
• VIP luau seating
• Buffet dinner - First tables released
• Souvenir photograph (one per group)
• Admission to Sea Life Park

Check-in: 4:30 pm
Doors Open: 5:00 pm
Luau Ends: 8:00 pm
(Aquarium stays open an additional 30mins exclusively for luau guests)

Transportation:
3:30 pm - Aloha Tower Pier (Cruise Ships)
3:30 pm - Pier 2 in front of Terminal (Cruise Ships)
3:50 pm - Ala Moana Hotel (Mahukona Street)
3:55 pm - Ilikai Flagpole
4:00 pm - Hale Koa Hotel (Port Cochere)
4:05 pm - La Croix Hotel (Olohana St. entrance)
4:10 pm - Sheraton Waikiki (Aloha Landing)
4:10 pm - Seaside Avenue (in front of Ross Dress for Less)
4:20 pm - Hyatt Regency Waikiki (Koa Avenue)
4:25 pm - Waikiki Beach Marriott (Paoakalani Bus Depot #4)
4:40 pm - Kahala Resort (Front Entrance)

Early Pick-up (Enjoy Sea Life Park & Ka Moana Luau)
11:30 am - Aloha Tower Pier (Cruise Ship)
11:30 am - Pier 2 in front of Terminal (Cruise Ship)
11:50 am - Ala Moana Hotel (Mahukona Street)
11:55 am - Ilikai Flagpole
12:00 pm - Hale Koa Hotel (Port Cochere)
12:05 pm - La Croix Hotel (Olohana St. entrance)
12:10 pm - Sheraton Waikiki (Aloha Landing)
12:10 pm - Seasive Avenue (in front of Ross Dress for Less)
12:20 pm - Hyatt Regency Waikiki (Koa Avenue)
12:25 pm - Waikiki Beach Marriott (Paoakalani Bus Depot #4)
12:40 pm - Kahala Resort (Front Entrance)

Oahu Customer Reviews

8 Reviews
Timothy Herlich
Seattle, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great event and Great Service from Reserve Direct"
February, 2019
Two families plus ourselves decided to book the Ka Moana Luau at Sea Life Park through Reserve Direct. By mistake, I booked the luau on the wrong date. I called Reserve Direct and spoke to Morgan. She contacted Ka Moana and resolved the problem with no financial penalty. Thank you, Morgan!

The luau, itself, was great. Plentiful and tasty food, fun music, spectacular show and idyllic setting. There were activity tables perfect for the four children ages 7 - 9 in our party. The performers were skilled and proud to share their Polynesian culture with us. We recommend arriving at the luau at the 5:30pm start time, and coming back to Sea Life Park another date (The luau ticket gives you park access any day within the following week). Don't miss the dolphin show!

Altogether a great time and great value for the money. It exceeded our expectations!
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Dara Leech
Kailua, HI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Luau"
January, 2019
Great Luau and experience for our family. Even got tickets to Sea Life Park with it!
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Tip: Take advantage of going to Sea Life Park as well

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Channen OMalley
Anchorage, AK
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful & Enertaining"
November, 2018
Me and my daughter went with the celebrity package Ka Moana Luau and it was worth every cent! The only thing I wish I would have done was get there when the doors open. There are many stations with activities to enjoy before the show (Leigh making, ukulele lessons, headband making and paint tattoos..) From start to finish it was a joy to be there. You can feel the energy from the entertainers and it was educational, welcoming , beautiful and funny! My 5 year old and I enjoyed it immensely.
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Tip: Get there when the doors open and enjoy the activities before the show starts

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Oahu Customer
Wayland, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
July, 2018
I loved the hands on activities that took place before dinner was served.
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Tip: Last about 3 hours total

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Ellen Manabat
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"BEST LUAU SO FAR"
June, 2018
We have been to Hawaii about 5 times and although we find Luau's to be quite touristy we still end up going to one at each island. Ka Moana Luau was the second Luau weve been to in Oahu and by far this is the best one we have been to. The atmosphere and location was gorgeous on the East side of the Island with Rabbit island as the backdrop. Looked gorgeous as the sun was setting. Check in was simple at Sea Life park (Bonus for free entrance into the park prior to the Luau or up to 1 week after). There were many stations to learn more about Hawaiian culture (about 30 minutes to ease into the night), host was super funny, the show itself was amazing. Great story line about the Ocean, highlighted main styles of Polynesian dance and included some modern ones as well. We found other Luau's dragged on too much with the Emu ceremony and including guests on stage, but Ka Moana was just PERFECT
Drinks were good and FOOD (most importantly) was great. Good selection and plenty for second and thirds. Great experience overall! Will change your mind about boring/touristy Luau's :)
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Tip: Parking is 5.00. Not sure If there is an ATM available on site.

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Tracey Cossey
NZ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Intreactive family fun"
May, 2018
This is the 2nd luau we have been to. This was great from the moment we were presented with our Lei to family photo to the activities we could try such as Leo making, poo, hula dancing and flax weaving for the family to try. Great hosts. Made us feel welcome. Nice food. Fantastic scenery and comentation to the show. Would definately recommend
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Tip: Its interactive. It's a fun ending with fantastic location overlooking the ocean

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Shannon Peavy
1 Review
"Loved Everything about this !!!"
May, 2018
We went on a go pass. Not sure whichh luau to go to and we are so glad we picked this one. Cousin Jerry and his cousins did a fantastic job. The fire show was awesome a must see !!??
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Tip: Dress cultural. Didn’t really enjoy food so eat before you go so you can just try things if you want to

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Michelle Summers
AU
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family Fun interactive night"
April, 2018
We went on our last night and wished we had done it at the whining it really gave us a journey through the islands culture and makes you feel a connection for the people! The dancers were friend and smiling the whole time I felt like they really enjoyed and welcomed us there.
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Tip: Prepare to take a trip through the pacific Islands culture, interactive events & dancing

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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G475CEwilliaml
Cape Coral, Florida
"Amazing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2019 NEW
An absolutely wonderful property. We loved the historic beauty, and the great vibe of this resort. All of the staff was incredibly helpful and made us feel at home. We hated to leave.
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Ryan G
New York City, New York
"Liliʻuokalani’s Revenge"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2019 NEW
If you love being lied to, waiting nearly two hours in an overcrowded space with children, a run down aquarium, and rude inhospitable hosts, this Luau is exactly what you are looking for. By all means book it now! You will have the pleasure of being told that you will only have to wait 30 minutes in a dining area and then you’ll be escorted to the luau grounds by your hosts. After which you will be pleasantly surprised to find a Hawaiian Matt Dillon look alike tell you that it’s actually going to be 90 minutes and the dining area doesn’t actually have any dining. As an added bonus you’ll get access to the world renown sea life park with tanks so dirty they have to post signs explaining how the scum is actually healthy! It’s a spin job even Chris Matthews could appreciate! As far as entertainment is concerned, your children will love being teased by the grass skirt wearing men “teaching” them how to weave traditional coconut leaf head bands. First their native instructors will will place an insufficient number of coconut leave bundles on the center of an 8x12x bamboo yoga mat they bought at the nearest ABC store, after which the instructors will constantly yell at your children to get off the mat as they try to obtain said coconut leaves. After you have been wildly entertained by the “artisan” performers, you will head over to the buffet, where all the food is constantly not restocked. If your one of those weird people that likes utensils or napkins be sure to bring your own because at Ka Moana, it’s their delight to run out of these unnecessary items. When the “show” begins the night becomes magical. No really, it’s got auto tuning, a synthesized base line and I think I even saw Pitbull pull off a cameo appearance. After the night is over you’ll get the pleasure of explaining to your young children why their aren’t bones of a mythological goddess buried in the beach and how the man talking in the horror movie voice was speaking lies as if they were historical events. In all seriousness, I love Polynesian culture, Hawaiian music, and good food but this place is the worst of 5 luaus I have been to on the islands. At other luaus it has felt that the locals genuinely wanted to share their culture which is exactly what I wanted my children to learn and see. At Ka Moana it felt as if their were bitter locals holding a grudge over a sadistic imperial revolutionary from 125 years ago. Long story short, go to Germaine’s or the Polynesian Cultural Center instead.
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Voyage45465486866
Ewa Beach, Hawaii
"Great Show!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2019 NEW
I've only been to a few luaus here on island, but this show had such GREAT energy! So glad I finally made the trip to the east side to see their show. Skip the shows in Waikiki and come experience this!
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bridgett2369
"So much fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2019 NEW
We booked the Ka Moana Luau as part of our Go Oahu cards, and it did not disappoint. We arrived early to tour the park, and the luau happens about an hour after the park closes (waiting an hour in a smaller area was a little rough for my impatient teens, but they played hacky sack while they were hanging out). When we got in though, we were met with some super fun, interactive activities that our teens loved. They made leis and headbands, learned a bit on the ukulele, and tried poi, which was wonderful. While everyone was enjoying the activities, they started serving the food, which they had plenty of, and it was decent. Because they had both going on at the same time, the line never got too crazy. The show was fun. I've only been to one other show, but my husband has been to a few, including the one at the PCC, and he said this one was his favorite. It was a lot less formal, but I loved the laid back style with all the jokes and the 13 year-old fire dancer, who was really fun to watch. I highly recommend purchasing the souvenir cup for the drinks. If you don't, the kinds of drinks are limited, and the two drink tickets give you a lot more with the souvenir cup than with the smaller disposable cups.
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brde847
Lake Charles, Louisiana
"Luau in Hawaii"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2019 NEW
This was a fun night. They go out of their way to make your night exciting. And the food was very good. The show and dancers were entertaining and funny.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ka Moana Luau

Is hotel transportation provided?
Transportation available for purchase for guests from select Waikiki hotels only and must be reserved 48 hours prior to arrival date by calling the phone number on your eTicket. The hotel schedule is as follows:

  • 3:30 pm - Aloha Tower Pier (Cruise Ships)
  • 3:50 pm - Ala Moana Hotel (Mahukona Street)
  • 3:55 pm - Ilikai Flagpole
  • 4:00 pm - Ross Dress for Less (Seaside Avenue)
  • 4:10 pm - Sheraton Waikiki (Aloha Landing)
  • 4:15 pm - Trump Tower (Sidewalk by Valet)
  • 4:20 pm - Waikiki Beach Marriott (Paoakalani Bus Depot #4)
  • 4:35 pm - Kahala Resort (Front Entrance)

Guests who wish to drive may park at the luau for an additional fee of $5.

Is food included in the luau?
Absolutely. The buffet includes:
  • Island Greens w/local Lilikoi (Passionfruit) Vinaigrette or Ranch Dressing
  • Fruit Salad
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon
  • Fresh taro rolls
  • Poi samples
  • Stir-fried Noodles
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Steamed white rice
  • Fresh Grilled Mahi Mahi w/Mango/Papaya Salsa
  • Chicken Yakitori Skewers
  • Kalua Pork
  • Haupia (Coconut), Guava and Chantilly Cake
  • Macadamia Nut Cookies

Beverages are available as well. An assortment of mixed drinks, beer, and wine are also offered at the bar.

Is this luau appropriate for children?
Yes. The luau is appropriate for all ages.

When does the luau begin?
The luau starts at 5:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm.