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Island Breeze Luau at the King Kamehameha Hotel

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$$ - $$$
Polynesian, Hawaiian
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75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3612 (Ali Drive)
+1 808-326-4969
20:30 - 16:45
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Oakdale, California, United States
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374 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Since last time we were there. Really liked the presentation this time. The fish was moist and had a great ginger flavor. The place is not inexpensive but the food is very good. Service was okay.

Thank Robert D
Bellingham, Washington
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Sometimes you are concerned that a luau might be hokey. I can assure you that this one was not. The food was on the upper end of the luau scale and the performance was a tour of the islands through music and dance.

Thank John P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My 3 children enjoyed this very much for their first luau experience. A nostalgic visit for my husband and I as we had spent are honeymoon at the hotel 17 years ago and attended the luau then also. Pre luau activities were good my girls all enjoyed getting a tattoo, playing games with the entertainers, and learning the hukelau. Food... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our friend forced us to go to a Luau as a writ of passage when visiting Hawaii. Naturally we agreed. Upon entering the hotel, we took the standard photograph (that they later try to sell you) and proceeded to check-in. They could not located our reservation and told us the night was sold out. We showed them our confirmation and... More 

Thank Sean C
Fairbanks, Alaska
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I inquired several times about the luau's ability to serve celiac-safe food and was assured in email and verbally that the kitchen would prepare a separate gluten free plate, rather than just having to choose gluten free dishes from the buffet. Prior reviews were not favorable, but staff told me that their policies & menu had been adjusted in the... More 

Thank GRed907
Diamondhead, Mississippi
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended this luau tonight with my wife and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed it. Going into the Courtyard Marriott (where it is located) I figured it to be a fairly routine buffet and show with performers just going through the motions....NOT AT ALL! The performance was fantastic, telling a very cool story... More 

Thank TerryN1985
konakohala, Social Media Coordinator at Island Breeze Luau at the King Kamehameha Hotel, responded to this review

Mahalo for taking the time in leaving us a review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at our Lu'au and felt the joy our cast have in sharing our Polynesian Culture :) More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food, location, ambiance and the dancing group were excellent! I am not an expert on Polynesian traditional dancing but the performance was very enjoyable including dances from different islands in the pacific.

Thank Jim S
New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dances were enjoyable to watch. As for the food, it was an okay buffet, definitely not as good as just going out for a nice dinner. The punch bowls of MaiTais have no alcohol in them because they can't control who drinks from them; you need to stand in line to have rum added to your drink. And with... More 

Thank SparkyEstonia
J-HuGeneralManager, General Manager at Island Breeze Luau at the King Kamehameha Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha, Thank you for your comments about your recent experience at our hotel's lu'au. We always hope that guests will fully embrace the Polynesian culture, its foods, traditions and find it enjoyable. However, we do realize that many visitors come from diverse cultural backgrounds and may not always find the lu'au experience to be an enjoyable one. Thank you for... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here's the deal, $81 per person for hotel guests, $92 per person for non-hotel guests and $105 through "Your Man Tours" Vacations (the worst company in the world, next to Comcast). You get two hours of open bar and I use the word "open" very loosely, the food luau, and a show. Let's start with the "open bar". As long... More 

2 Thank Tschim
J-HuGeneralManager, General Manager at Island Breeze Luau at the King Kamehameha Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha, I am saddened to learn through your comments, about your disappointing lu'au experience. I apologize if these incidents truly did happen as our associates are trained to make our guests feel welcomed and do our best to meet their needs. We do not serve hard liquor at the lu'au because of the fact that minors do attend the event.... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Full disclosure, I am not a big luau fan. Usually average food served in an average manner with average drink and entertainment. This was a step above average with good food and entertainment. For first timers and children this is a very acceptable Hawaiian experience. Better than most but probably a true Hawaiian family luau would shine far above.

1 Thank Susiechris
konakohala, Social Media Coordinator at Island Breeze Luau at the King Kamehameha Hotel, responded to this review

Mahalo for leaving a review, as we are pleased you enjoyed your time with us and hopefully made you a fan of our luau :) Have a Happy New Year!!! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$100
Polynesian, Hawaiian
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
20:30 - 16:45
20:30 - 16:45
20:30 - 16:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3612
    (Ali Drive)
  • Public Transportation: Ali'i Drive
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-326-4969
Guests of the Island Breeze Luau will be amazed with a display of authentic Polynesian activities, cuisine, and performances.

Island Breeze Luau, located in right on the edge of the ocean of the King Kamehameha Hotel is rated the best lu'au on the Big Island by kama'aina (local residents)visitors and travel writers. The luau begins with a lei greeting and picture taking. An open bar, arts and crafts await you. The imu (traditional underground oven) ceremony, is also a part of the exciting beginning to your Island Breeze ohana (family). There are many ways to participate in the luau activities: weave a coconut frond, learn how to open a coconut, learn the art of hula, get a Polynesian tattoo, and take the time to meet and talk to some of the performers.

Adults $82.74
Child (5-12) $41.34
Under 5 complimentary

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