My family and I attended the Marriott Waikoloa Beach "Sunset Luau" last Saturday, April 12. They schedule two per week (Weds and Sat). We had a great time, it was probably less commercial than the 3 I've attended in the past, Royal Lahaina (Maui) Polynesian Cultural Center (Oahu) and Maui Prince Luau (since discontinued). IMO, they're all fairly commercial, but this was slightly different due to the intimacy factor. There were approximately 20 tables of 8 guests, not a bad seat in the house, it was like a luau "unplugged". Btw, if you stay at the Marriott, which we did, you receive 20% off admission, 2 adults, 2 kids (under 12) ran us $250.
The show featured a "seasoned" female MC, who was forgetful of names but very cute with a tremendous voice ( she also sang). Pretty standard format, Hawaiian, Tahitian, Society Island dances and Maori chant an the grand finale fire dancer. The small band (4 members) played "big", a much larger sound than I anticipated. The Percussion was amazing!
Fresh Kalua Pig pulled from the Imu for all to see, Hawaiian Mac salad, fish, etc., all pretty dang good!
There was also an open bar, no blended drinks, but mixed drinks ( The Big Island Ice Tea was delicious and potent), wine and beer. We took full advantage as we didn't have to drive anywhere. The two bartenders were cool and were having fun with the guests.
Craft tables - there were a couple of leis for sale and some hand carved tikis as well.
All in all, a night to remember, I highly recommend this luau!!
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