My wife and I recently visited Honolulu for the first time and the one major disappointment was Germaine's luau. Even though it was raining, we were not given the option on rescheduling or a refund. Instead, we were all handed a thin plastic poncho and shuffled into the seating area like cattle. We basically had to find our on seats on uncovered wooden picnic tables while it was pouring rain. We were then instructed table by table to line up for the buffet food which included roasted pork. We had to use plastic forks, knives, and plates and we had almost no room to eat on the park benches. All this time, the staff were taking shelter under the covered bar and drink areas and the show began. The actors and dancers tried to put on the best show they could and obviously were trying to ignore the rain. If that wasn't bad enough, they turned out the lights about 5 mins after we started eating and basically we were left to eat in the dark. My wife and I decided to move to one of the covered drink/concession areas and finished watching the show. ( We enjoyed much, much more the Polynesian Cultural Show that we had seen the previous night ). We then were transported back by bus to our hotel in Waikiki. The best part of this whole evening was being the first guests to get off the bus at the end of the night. I could think of many better ways to enjoy an evening in Hawaii and to spend $110 USD.
It's a luau - so it's commercial and touristy, but worth it. Bring $1 bills to tip crafts people as they help you make lei's and palm leaf crowns. Bring your camera (of course). Great food. I'm veg, but the beau enjoyed the pork. Try the poi - seriously. It's the purple looking soupy stuff. Secretly add a squeeze of pineapple juice and a packet of sugar or two and amaze your friends by eating it. It tastes like apricot baby food. It tastes like the scum on top of sour cream if eaten plain. It was traditionally meant to compliment salty meat. The coconut pudding is also delightful (the white jello squares). This luau runs $60 and $80 packages (all you can drink mai tai's are not very good). If you have a friend stationed in Oahu with the military - check into military discounts. If a luau is too pricey for your trip - see the Shorebird restaurant review I have posted.
Dress Code: A little chilly at night during winter months - bring a long sleeve shirt to throw on after sunset. I saw everything from evening wear to girls in sweat suits. Sarongs abound.
There is a never-ending supply of nightlife in Waikiki and Honolulu - more than enough to choose from.
Hard Rock Cafe has Live music. Either rock or reggae is featured on Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 12:45am and there is no cover charge. The food was 'the usual' and the band playing the night we were there were really great.
Elvis Presley's car is strung up from the roof.
If you go anywhere other than honolulu you will be lucky to find stuff going on at night other than bonfires. Which are fun... for sure! But if you're a tourist then I would stick to doing stuff in town for sure. Go walk down the strip (surprisingly fun). Go to clubs. Go out to eat. or just hang out on the beach at night.
You will have the chance to enjoy the Imu Ceremony (uncovering the Kalua Pig), as well as see and feel the Royal Court Procession of Polynesia Spectacular Polynesian Revue with thrilling Fire Knife Dance.
Germaine's Luau provides the grandeur of the Royal Court and Polynesian Show extravaganza to a sumptuous all-you-can-eat feast with your favorite beverages and exotic cocktails, it's a fun-filled evening that will bring Hawaii home to your heart!
At Germaine's Luau you will experience the tradition and rare authenticity of a "backyard-style" luau under the stars and near the water. Guests dine under the stars and relish the scenic beauty of the surroundings while being entertained with exotic dance and island music.
Dress Code: Shorts and T-Shirt will do just fine
Every Saturday night - catch a movie on the beach! Bring a towel to sit on, and enjoy the show!
Dress Code: anything goes - come in your bathing suit and swim trunks!
Upon arrival to the Halekulani you are greeted at the desk and assigned a staff member to tour you...more
2417 Prince Edward Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
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1277 Mokulua Drive, Kailua, Hawaii, United States
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