We’re a party of five with me, my wife, my mom and two girls. It was my eldest daughter’s birthday and we wanted to do something special for her while we were in Hawaii. We browsed through Trip Advisor, my go to resource while traveling, to find the right match. Paradise Cove was able to accommodate our party of 5 around 2pm. We opted for their middle tier package called Orchid Package. This included a fresh Lei, middle seating and larger spending vouchers. We made the reservation through phone and walked to the pickup location at the Hyatt.
The bus ride was was about 40 minutes or so but cousin Flo, our guide, kept us entertained during the ride which set the mood for the evening. We noticed that if you have a vehicle, that you can park your car there and they seem to have plenty of parking.. Once we got there, we were warmly welcomed with the fresh Lei, a photo and a non-alcoholic drink. The kids immediately zoned in on a few of the activities such as tribal painted tattoos and other arts and crafts. The weather was perfect as the sun started to set with beautiful live Hawaiian music was being played in the background. We were also blessed to see one of the Hawaiian monk seals, an endangered species with only 1,100 in existence.
Paradise Cove had two traditional wooden canoes ushering their guests around the cove in a counterclockwise fashion. It’s a short 5 minute ride but well worth it as you watch the gorgeous sunset. While at the beach, the program proceeded with a welcome, a Hukilau and hula demonstrations. The Hukilau is a way of fishing by casting the net and pulling it from shore. Next in the program was the imu Ceremony. An imu as an underground oven where the pig is cooked. The ceremony includes the removal of the layers of cloth and leaves from the imu pit oven to expose the cooked pork.
The dinner buffet was then opened to the guests by table number. Our seats were closer to the wing than center which was a bit disappointing but we were still close enough to the stage. The dining tables were right on the beach with the warm sand under our feet. We went on a Monday and it was surprisingly almost full. As for the food, the fried chicken was probably one of the crispiest fried chicken I’ve ever had and it was quite delicious. The pork and other dishes were quite good as well. There was plenty of food and some people were able to get seconds, though not all.
The show began after dinner as it got darker. They announced special occasions and of course, they called my daughter’s name and the smile on her face was priceless. She truly enjoyed her birthday and she felt special. As a matter of fact, she mentioned later that going to Paradise Cove was the best part of her Hawaiian experience. The show continued and the performances with their dazzling costumes were absolutely stunning. Each performance featured the history and culture of the Hawaiian people. My daughters had a chance to take a hula lesson on stage along with all the kids.
It was a very memorable experience not only for my young daughters, but also for my 73 year old mom, since it was everyone’s first luau experience in Hawaii.
ACTIVITY: Beach Luau
COMPANY: Paradise Cove Luau
Location: 92-1089 Alii Nui Drive, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707