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“This is one of those cases where I could give a bad review because of circumstances beyond their control!!”
Review of Germaine's Luau

Germaine's Luau
Ranked #25 of 133 Restaurants in Kapolei
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Authentic luau setting
Santa Barbara, California
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107 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“This is one of those cases where I could give a bad review because of circumstances beyond their control!!”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

This is a difficult review to make because we REALLY wish we hadn't done this Luau...but that shouldn't prevent anyone else from doing it!! We had a very long day (vow renewal in the morning) and we were still jet-lagged (California style...so everything feels like 3 hours later!).
We were told to arrive for motorcoach pickup at 4:20...we were there...by about 5pm we found out that the agents were delayed because of traffic...we finally got on the road for what should have been a 30 minute ride...and hour-and-a-half later through bummer-to-bumper traffic we arrived at the beach location. It was already after 7pm (felt like 10pm) and our 9 year old was crying and saying that he just wanted to "go home."
Also because we were so late all of the people who had driven themselves or come by bus from a different location had had to wait for us without any appetizers or anything but drinks. Everyone was a little grumpy. NOT THEIR FAULT!!
The Luau itself was good. Standard pig-in-a-pit...great food...good show...excellent dancers. Probably kind of an insult to say but we were making jokes about how much the MC sounded like the Disney recording in The Tiki Room.
It's a really good luau but the Honolulu traffic is a nightmare and if there is an accident (or a few) you just can't tell how long it's going to take to get somewhere.
All in all, I'd still recommend this luau to someone who wants the experience but I certainly doubt that we'll be doing it again.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Yuba City, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“what a luau should be”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

This was my first luau and it was very entertaining. My husband and I took our 8, and 11 year old, and they loved it. There is a great amount offered at the buffet and your encouraged to eat as much as you like, its also included in the price. In Hawaii and on vacation this is a great deal your transportation is included along with dinner and entertainment. Would highly recommend.

  • Visited July 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Had a wonderful time and the show was great. The food was better then anything I expected.”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

The shuttle to the luau was so much fun. We had a wonderful MC on the bus who entertained us along with giving us important tips regarding the luau. Try a little bit of everything on the buffet and eat until you're tired, not full.

Visited June 2014
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Folsom
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5 reviews
“Good show! Great staff”
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

This was out first luau and we weren't disappointed. We had a great tasting dinner and the show amazing! The staff did an excellent job on making sure everything ran smooth and that there was plenty of food!

  • Visited June 2014
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Rocklin, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great one to see”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

We have been to several luaus on this island as well as others. This time we went as a group taking a bus from the hotel in Waikiki. Our "cousin" was a great tour guide and pistol of cultural knowledge sharing all along the way...don't expect a short trip during rush hour. Luau was great and the food wasn't as bad as we had in the past. But we always say the luau is for the show and experience not always the food.

Visited April 2014
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