Honolulu Luau Excursion Reviews

Party in style at a traditional Hawaiian luau. Enjoy traditional Hawaiian food -- like roasted pork and the ubiquitous purple poi -- and enjoy local folk music and traditions.
Was good entertainment
Sail Date: April 2019
Was good entertainment
Was good entertainment Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
great entertainment
Sail Date: February 2019
great entertainment
great entertainment Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We thought about booking on our own, but the logistics of getting there and back were too risky, so ...
Sail Date: February 2019
We thought about booking on our own, but the logistics of getting there and back were too risky, so we booked it with HAL. It was fun, food was great, seeing how they prepare the Kahlua Pork was interesting. I tried poi (my husband did ... Read More
We thought about booking on our own, but the logistics of getting there and back were too risky, so we booked it with HAL. It was fun, food was great, seeing how they prepare the Kahlua Pork was interesting. I tried poi (my husband did not). I leave it up to you to decide if you like it or not, but it is something worth trying if you are in Hawaii. The show was colorful and pretty, but the audience participation got to be too much. Overall, it was fun. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The luau, which rates highly online in Trip Advisor, etc, was also very commercialized.
Sail Date: January 2019
The luau, which rates highly online in Trip Advisor, etc, was also very commercialized. I think I expected something less Hollywood. But the tours were good, I just didn't have the experience I had hoped to have.
The luau, which rates highly online in Trip Advisor, etc, was also very commercialized. I think I expected something less Hollywood. But the tours were good, I just didn't have the experience I had hoped to have. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent entertainment, average food , TERRIBLE transportation DO NOT use transportation from ...
Sail Date: December 2018
Excellent entertainment, average food , TERRIBLE transportation DO NOT use transportation from Waikiki provided by Chief’s Luau. We purchased Chief’s transportation and arrived at the Luau an hour after the venue opened. That’s ... Read More
Excellent entertainment, average food , TERRIBLE transportation DO NOT use transportation from Waikiki provided by Chief’s Luau. We purchased Chief’s transportation and arrived at the Luau an hour after the venue opened. That’s nearly a 30% loss of the Luau experience. Granted, traffic was particularly heavy, but no planning or action was taken to assure a timely arrival. Matter of fact, Chief’s Luau staff on our bus stated “ We are on Hawaii Time and will get there, when we get there”. Unacceptable remark. I paid an admission charge for the full Luau experience. And, for an additional fee, I expected their transportation service to arrive at the venue much more timely. The show performance was wonderful. The venue is very accommodating, though not a beach atmosphere. Venue staff were very friendly and helpful. Well organized and efficient buffet meal. PLEASE NOTE, this is a buffet meal but DO NOT expect a return for a second helping of food. By 7:00, the food service tables were dismantled. That was less than 15 minutes after our initial pass of the food buffet tables. Reality is contrary to a staff member’s emphatic statement the buffet is all you can eat. Regarding the transportation, there is no concern for a timely arrival to the show venue. When questioned about the frequency of late arrivals, the Chief’s staff on the bus stated “sometimes this happens or even worse”. With that knowledge, Chief’s is mistaken not to have an earlier departure from Waikiki. An untimely start at the bus pick up added to the late arrival. Luau guests arrived at the pick up location no later than 3:50pm. Our bus began the boarding process at 4:00. I don’t understand why the bus sat inactive in a staging area from 3:40; particularly with traffic concerns. A more efficient pick up could have saved 15 minutes. Also, the second pick up stop (the harbor) caused at least another 20 minutes loss. With our bus already behind schedule, a second bus could have made the harbor pick up. A 30 minute late arrival to the Luau would have been more acceptable than missing a whole hour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I was surprised by how many people from the ship were able to attend this luau.
Sail Date: October 2018
I was surprised by how many people from the ship were able to attend this luau. The drive over was long and there was a lot of traffic to deal with. The driver could have taken this opportunity to prepare us for what to expect at the ... Read More
I was surprised by how many people from the ship were able to attend this luau. The drive over was long and there was a lot of traffic to deal with. The driver could have taken this opportunity to prepare us for what to expect at the luau, but he chose to tell us his personal life story instead. We made it to the luau barely in time for the luau to begin. The luau photo cost us $20 and this was an expense that I didn't anticipate. In my opinion, the luau was too crowded and the food was just average...except for the pork, it was excellent. I also like the macaroni and potato salad combined. I had never thought to combine the two before, but now I just might try it. This excursion was a bit of a disappointment to me and I wouldn't recommend it to others as it seemed to be inauthentic and more tourist trap inclined. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Germaine's Luau failed to meet our expectations of previous visits.
Sail Date: September 2018
Germaine's Luau failed to meet our expectations of previous visits. Although it was good, they are obviously affected by rising costs. No longer is there an open refreshment policy and the quality and variety of the buffet has become ... Read More
Germaine's Luau failed to meet our expectations of previous visits. Although it was good, they are obviously affected by rising costs. No longer is there an open refreshment policy and the quality and variety of the buffet has become more modest. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good entertainers, food at deluxe table ducked big jagged rocks.
Sail Date: April 2018
Good entertainers, food at deluxe table ducked big jagged rocks. Cant imagine what others got
Good entertainers, food at deluxe table ducked big jagged rocks. Cant imagine what others got Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Booked through the concierge at the Royal Hawaiian hotel.
Sail Date: April 2018
Booked through the concierge at the Royal Hawaiian hotel. The luau food is very good (all you can eat). The entertainment was outstanding. It showed a progression of dance from the perspective of the Hawaiian culture. No hula dance lessons ... Read More
Booked through the concierge at the Royal Hawaiian hotel. The luau food is very good (all you can eat). The entertainment was outstanding. It showed a progression of dance from the perspective of the Hawaiian culture. No hula dance lessons for tourists, this was authentic. Expensive, but worth it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Food served from steam tables much like the school cafeteria
Sail Date: March 2018
Food served from steam tables much like the school cafeteria
Food served from steam tables much like the school cafeteria Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Food was mediocre.
Sail Date: March 2018
Food was mediocre. Seating was on uncomfortable picnic benches. Many of the tables had poor view of the stage and performance
Food was mediocre. Seating was on uncomfortable picnic benches. Many of the tables had poor view of the stage and performance Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Roberts Hawaiian transportation picked us up at the pier and delivered us back to the same location.
Sail Date: March 2018
Roberts Hawaiian transportation picked us up at the pier and delivered us back to the same location. Smaller family atmosphere where every guest was a part of the "ohana" and called "cousin".Dances and traditions from ... Read More
Roberts Hawaiian transportation picked us up at the pier and delivered us back to the same location. Smaller family atmosphere where every guest was a part of the "ohana" and called "cousin".Dances and traditions from different Polynesian Islands were celebrated and a feast was shard with all family members. Activities including making of palm head-dresses, native coconut cracking, spear throwing, henna tattoos as well as celebration of family. Fire knife dancing was a special addition to the evening dances and celebration of all island cultures. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Germaine’s Luau, would need t recommend at all.
Sail Date: March 2018
Germaine’s Luau, would need t recommend at all. Too many people, too expensive, uncomfortable, food was awful.
Germaine’s Luau, would need t recommend at all. Too many people, too expensive, uncomfortable, food was awful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The Luau was Fantastic, really funny guy.
Sail Date: March 2018
The Luau was Fantastic, really funny guy. The chief is really nice and humorous. We all enjoyed it!
The Luau was Fantastic, really funny guy. The chief is really nice and humorous. We all enjoyed it! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Terrible luau!
Sail Date: February 2018
Terrible luau! Approximately 400 people there and the food was horrible!
Terrible luau! Approximately 400 people there and the food was horrible! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
food was nasty, seating was absurd, dancing was ok but went far too long.
Sail Date: January 2018
food was nasty, seating was absurd, dancing was ok but went far too long.
food was nasty, seating was absurd, dancing was ok but went far too long. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Very disorganized.
Sail Date: December 2017
Very disorganized. Waste of money. Tour buses dropped us off at 5 p.m. but food not served until 7:20 p.m. Sat on hard concrete benches with nothing to do. When show FINALLY got started, it lasted way too long. We got up and walked away an ... Read More
Very disorganized. Waste of money. Tour buses dropped us off at 5 p.m. but food not served until 7:20 p.m. Sat on hard concrete benches with nothing to do. When show FINALLY got started, it lasted way too long. We got up and walked away an hour before show was over. We found our bus and asked if we could just sit there. Other people did the same thing. Everyone I talked to complained about it starting so late and lasting too long. The one plus - food was delicious. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Last trip I attended the Luau in Kaui booked through the cruise ship and was awful so I was ...
Sail Date: December 2017
Last trip I attended the Luau in Kaui booked through the cruise ship and was awful so I was skeptical booking this one but my family wanted to go to one. This was a real hit even with the guys! Best luau ever and I will defiantly ... Read More
Last trip I attended the Luau in Kaui booked through the cruise ship and was awful so I was skeptical booking this one but my family wanted to go to one. This was a real hit even with the guys! Best luau ever and I will defiantly recommend and go again!! Food was delicious and the show was great! Just enough Hawaiian history and entertainment with fire dancing, etc. Beach setting on Waikiki was the perfect backdrop. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very touristy and food was meh.
Sail Date: October 2017
Very touristy and food was meh. Huge venue, bar was packed. Dancers were very good but not the cultural experience we hoped for.
Very touristy and food was meh. Huge venue, bar was packed. Dancers were very good but not the cultural experience we hoped for. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Germaine’s Luau was a good experience...off the beaten track in an industrial area but once in ...
Sail Date: October 2017
Germaine’s Luau was a good experience...off the beaten track in an industrial area but once in the ‘compound’ it was a good experience. Food was plentiful and enjoyable although a bit bland. You get a free drink ticket although it ... Read More
Germaine’s Luau was a good experience...off the beaten track in an industrial area but once in the ‘compound’ it was a good experience. Food was plentiful and enjoyable although a bit bland. You get a free drink ticket although it may be worth your while to buy a tiki cup ($10, I think) as they will fill that and which is giving you the equivalent of 2-3 drinks. Entertainment was good. Transportation was good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The dancing and show were terrific!!
Sail Date: April 2017
The dancing and show were terrific!! The skies cleared up and we had great dinner. Only down side was a table full of ppl with children that were talking and crying the entire show. The adults were worse than the kids and they made it ... Read More
The dancing and show were terrific!! The skies cleared up and we had great dinner. Only down side was a table full of ppl with children that were talking and crying the entire show. The adults were worse than the kids and they made it almost impossible to understand much of what was being said. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Too many people and seating was terrible.
Sail Date: March 2017
Too many people and seating was terrible. Couldn't see the show except on an angle. The sound system needed updating to better quality. The food was just so-so. The whole experience was disappointing. A waste of time and money.
Too many people and seating was terrible. Couldn't see the show except on an angle. The sound system needed updating to better quality. The food was just so-so. The whole experience was disappointing. A waste of time and money. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Loved it.
Sail Date: February 2017
Loved it. Bus ride was entertaining, food was good and the show was great.
Loved it. Bus ride was entertaining, food was good and the show was great. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We used the bus arranged thru Chief's Luau for transportation.
Sail Date: February 2017
We used the bus arranged thru Chief's Luau for transportation. The setting was beautiful (already seen earlier in the day on the Pali Coast tour from the ship) and the show was wonderful. The food and drinks were good enough, but ... Read More
We used the bus arranged thru Chief's Luau for transportation. The setting was beautiful (already seen earlier in the day on the Pali Coast tour from the ship) and the show was wonderful. The food and drinks were good enough, but nothing to rave about. We paid for the highest level but I really don't think it was worth the difference in price, particularly if you weren't there early enough to get one of the seats closest to the stage. Go for the basic package or the middle level at most. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Fantastic location, great show, beautiful sunset on the beach, alot of food but just average ...
Sail Date: November 2016
Fantastic location, great show, beautiful sunset on the beach, alot of food but just average quality.
Fantastic location, great show, beautiful sunset on the beach, alot of food but just average quality. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line