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Luau FAQs

The answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Polynesian Cultural Center's Alii Luau follows:

What makes the Alii Luau the best in Hawaii?

First, the Polynesian Cultural Center's Alii Luau will exceed your expectations of a Hawaiian luau — PLUS, your package includes admission to the Center's seven villages, all daytime shows, an IMAX™ Theater screening, and preferred seating for the Horizons evening show.

How is the Alii Luau superior to other luaus?

Guests can enjoy the Alii Luau in a beautiful all-weather setting with comfortable seating on regular chairs. The Alii Luau musicians and dancers provide all-Hawaiian entertainment that harkens back to gracious Aloha State days of ocean cruise liner arrivals and departures and bygone radio broadcasts.

What is the Alii Luau schedule?

The Alii Luau is served Monday-Saturday (closed Sundays) from 5:15-6:30 p.m. The meal service starts approximately 5:15, and the food is served until it is time to go to the evening show. The entertainment also starts about 5:15 and lasts until about 6:30.

Do I need reservations?

The Alii Luau is the Polynesian Cultural Center's most popular dining option. While the various Alii Luau venues seat hundred of guests, we encourage you to make reservations as far in advance as possible.

Do I have to go to the luau?

No. The Polynesian Cultural Center offers several other ticket packages and dining options.

How much does the Alii Luau cost?

The Ali'i Luau package prices are available here. Packages with transportation to and from major pick-up points in Waikiki are also available.

If we purchased the Admission Show package, can we upgrade to the Ali'i Luau?

Of course. The Polynesian Cultural Center Box Office can upgrade your tickets, if Alii Luau seating is available. Again, the Alii Luau package does sell out frequently, so it would be in your better interests to purchase in advance.

Will we have to eat poi?

No one is forced to eat anything at our luau, as it is up to you if you want to try it. But remember, you can eat as much poi as you want at the Alii Luau. It goes really well with the pipi kaula (seasoned beef) and lomilomi salmon (check out the Alii Luau menu).

Is there a pig ceremony?

Naturally. Polynesian Cultural Center villagers cook a large pua'a, or pig, every day in the imu — the traditional Hawaiian way of cooking. The pig is uncovered as part of each Alii Luau, and Hawaiian-style kalua pig (roast pork) is an important part of the menu.

What if I don't eat pork?

The teriyaki chicken and deep-fried white fish entrees are also delicious, or ono, as we say in Hawaiian. There is also a large spread of fruits and vegetables.

Will the musicians play The Hawaiian Wedding Song?

All couples celebrating their weddings or anniversaries are invited up to the stage to dance while the Polynesian Cultural Center musicians play The Hawaiian Wedding Song.

What does "Alii" mean?

Alii, or more correctly ali'i, means chief or royalty in Hawaiian. Hence, the Polynesian Cultural Center is offering a "royal feast" or a feast fit for a king.

Can we take pictures or videotape the luau show?

We would be disappointed if you didn't. Feel free to take pictures with our "Ambassador of Aloha" emcee as well.

 

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