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“a little rain didn't stop show”

Royal Kona Resort Luau
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Kona Submarine Adventure and Royal Kona Resort Luau
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Knoxville, TN
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“a little rain didn't stop show”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

I was skeptical of investing in a luau but was glad we did as I'm not sure when the chance will arise again. Was a bit bummed that the show was moved indoors due to rain threat but although the stage is now oriented 180 opp. the sunset, the clouds broke, the show was in transition and we (and the 130 or so others) caught a great sunset on the terrace. The host led us to the Imu (Hawaiian earth oven) to unveil the pig. Food was good and I can say I've now eaten poi. Been there, done that. Buffet style allowed all to be efficiently fed and the quality was good. Entertainment was what you'd expect but the highlight had to be the fire twirler which WAS held nearby but outside. This guy was thrilling to watch!

Visited May 2014
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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“typical dance show with some fire”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

to be fair i'm not a fan of shows like this. the food was fantastic and 2 hour drink package was good, but the show was average, same dancers representing all countries, it was a bit boring for us but alot of the older crowd enjoyed it. Fire guy was talented. Would not do a luau again.

Visited June 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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“Location is everything”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

I actually attended this luau a couple years ago, but it was in December and I apologize for the delay on this review. So, I honestly feel that this luau was the best I've been to in my 3 trips to the Hawaiian Islands and it's mainly due to the location. The luau buffet, beverages and entertainment were all of very good quality, but was very similar to two other luaus I attended in the past. (The other luau I went to previously was at a higher rated resort, and although the food was perhaps a bit superior in quality, the beverages and entertainment were virtually the same as all the others). What sets the Royal Kona Resort apart from the others is that ocean front location on the lawn between two of the towers. And rather than being fenced into a separate "compound" like the Marriott in Maui and the Royal Lahaina Resort also in Maui, here in Kona you feel like you're part of the resort rather than separated from it. (The only divider between the luau and the rest of the hotel grounds was a green plastic chain which blended into the surroundings as daylight diminished). And the best part was the backdrop to the entertainment stage: the beautiful sunset on the Pacific Ocean whilst singers and dancers perform for you. I had VIP seating which was as front row as you can get and from my seat, I could have seriously thrown a stone into the ocean. That is how close the water was to everything. And even with standard seating, one could get the most amazing photos as the sun set creating vibrant colors in the sky. The Royal Kona Resort is a fantastic retro Hawaiian style property and is a wonderful value with very nice accommodations directly on the water and walking distance to shopping, dining and of course ABC Stores!

Visited December 2013
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Simi Valley
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107 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic show”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We books this luau due to the reviews. I give the show 5 stars! The dancers were amazing and the MC just like Don Ho's brother! Very entertaining!
The food gets 3 stars! The pork cooked in the imu was very very good! The Ono, fabulous! The luau chicken with taro...wow! That was my favorite! They also had taro..super sweet! But the 3 bean salad from a can??? Really? What was the point? And the dessert...coconut cake and pineapple upside down cake? You could have grilled pineapple and served it with coconut ice cream!
The replenishing of the food at the buffet gets 2 stars! It's a buffet! You better have more food on hand when you are feeding that many people! There were 3 lines and food ran out and it took forever to replenish. C'mon, this luau has been around for awhile, you would think they would have it down! This part was disappointing.
Go for the show, but I suggest premium seating so you get to eat first!!! I hope they read this and get it together!

Visited June 2014
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55 reviews
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“Good food & great show!”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Made reservations through the hotel's website - which was just as cheap as discount sites, but didn't have to pay for it in advance. Several types of free drinks were served throughout the evening and the specialty alcoholic drink was lightly liquored, but bartenders would add more rum if requested. Plenty of food - try it all - it's a fun experience! The show had a lot of good looking guys & pretty girls in different cultural costumes dancing to fun drums & music! Half way through the show, a rain shower hit and the rest of show had to be cancelled, so we returned about the same time a couple of days later, strolled in and found seats in the back to finish watching where we left off - great ending with some fire twirlers! Great fun for all ages! (Resort area is open in the AM to anyone who wants to watch them prep the Imu oven, too.)

Visited June 2014
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