Believe it or not, a lot of locals in Hawaii have never been to a Luau. Our first Luau was when my cousin visited Hawaii for his first time. We also went to a Luau during our trip to Kauai. If you don’t know what a Luau is, it’s a traditional Hawaiian party and great for the whole family. In our modern age, it’s filled with multiple Polynesian cultures, each sharing their traditional activities, dances, and of course, food! This time, we attended the Diamond Head Luau Farm to Table Mondays which is held at the Waikiki Aquarium.
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Farm to Table Mondays is a new Luau offered by Diamond Head Luau. All of the food provided is locally grown and prepared just for this Luau. What sets the Farm to Table Monday luau apart from others is that it’s very intimate with only has 250 guests per nights. The cost per person is Adult – $159, Children (4-12 years old) – $89.
The luau was from 5:30pm-8:30 pm. We arrived at 5 pm and parked at the Waikiki Aquarium. There are less than ten cars that can park in the parking lot, but there’s abundant meter parking on the street. The meter street parking is free after 6 pm, so you’ll only need a couple of cents if you arrive early. When we came, we checked in and received two admin tickets per person (for appetizers) and a band with two detachable stubs (for drinks). Since Landon is underage, his stubs have an X mark.
After checking in, we took a luau photo which is a souvenir photograph to be purchased at the end of the luau. Then, we were greeted with a fresh flower lei and mai tai cocktails (virgin drink for Landon). I noticed that every drink had a virgin version for the kids. I love that they’re very kid friendly!
As soon as you’re inside, you’re able to roam around and check out the aquarium or head to the beach walk in Waikiki to watch the sunset. It was a beautiful view!
There’s also a lot of interactive and cultural activities such as lei making, weaving, ukulele lessons, and more! Again, very family friendly and so much fun for kids!
This was my favorite activity! They were teaching how to use the poi balls. Poi balls were used by the Maori people of New Zealand to increase flexibility and strengths in their hands and arms. It is now used for dancing and swung rhythmically during a luau show.
These are other hula instruments that can be played and when it’s played, together, the most intriguing rhythms come out!
Before the luau show, the artists also teach the audience how to hula dance! From kids to ladies and men, everyone was welcomed on stage to learn the beautiful dance of hula. It was an entertaining thing to witness.
With the two stubs that came attached with our wristbands, we were able to choose from a few drinks at the luau. Drink selections were from a lava flow, mai tais, locally squeezed fresh juice and so much more. The signature drink on the pineapple is $25 for purchase. While we didn’t purchase that, we kept going back for the lava flows and mai tais! As mentioned before, most, if not all, of the drinks can be made alcohol free.
Each table was dismissed one by one for the buffet line. Every meal is presented at different stations. Dinner includes a salad, cold food, hot food, and dessert stations.
- Above Ground Kalua Pig Carving Station
- Salad Station with Ho Farms Tomatoes – Naked Cow Dairy and Farms Mozzarella – Tossed with Nalo Farms Basil Pesto
- Make Your Own Caesar / Mixed Greens Salad Station with AJ Farms Baby Romaine Lettuce – Ho Farms Tomatoes and Cucumbers – Parmesan Slivers – Akule (Hawaiian Sardines) – Pipikaula (Hawaiian style smoked meat)
- Cold Food Station offering Poi Shooters with Lomi Lomi Salmon – Wana (Waianae Handpicked Sea Urchin or Uni) – Ahi Poke/Nairagi Poisson Cru (Tahitian style Poke)
- Hot Food Station featuring Grilled Bone-In Kalbi Short Rib – (Locally Sourced Grass Fed) – Huli Huli (Hawaiian Style) – Rotisserie Chicken – Vegan Vegetable Curry – with Sautéed Tofu Cubes – Hawaiian Style Fried Rice – Seasonal Succotash
- Island Fruit & Dessert Station showing off some Pineapple/Seasonal Fruit – Hawaiian Bread Pudding with Smoked Big Island Macadamia Nuts and Haupia (Coconut) Sauce – Triple Chocolate (Locally Sourced) Mousse Shooters
After getting your meal at the buffet, while everyone is eating, the performers put on a beautiful show. They took us on a fun journey through Polynesian culture and expressions.
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