Paradise Cove Luau

Phone (800) 775-2683
4.5 stars from 10 reviews
Address 92-1089 Aliinui Drive, Kapolei, HI 96707
Luau with food, fun, and plenty of pre-show activities for the kids.

• General: Cost: Paid • General: Fun and Games
• General: Has Gift Shop • General: Kid Activities
• General: Photo Opportunity • General: Restrooms
• Sightseeing: Great Views • Cultural & Historical: Luau

Full Description
Paradise Cove Luau is located on the west side of O'ahu in the Ko Olina Resort within the city of Kapolei. This luau is fairly unique compared to others for a few reasons. First, it's not located in or associated with a hotel so it feels a bit more authentic. Second, it's on a large piece of oceanfront land which includes their own "private" and protected beach area (more on that in a bit). Third, it has all sorts of pre-show activities, games, and craft making stations that are perfect for kids.

Things To Do

About that "private" beach, known as Lanikuhonua (Paradise Cove) Beach. It's actually not at all private because all beaches in Hawaii are public. During the day it's open to the public like every other beach but it closes at dusk like every beach as well. The evening luau usually let's you in around 5pm or so and thus pretty much anyone that was at the beach for the day will be gone and it becomes a "private" beach by default. That's a good thing as it gives guests a chance to hop in and help paddle a canoe, which is free but they welcome tips (and more on that in a bit too).

They have a few games that you can try, one is some sort of Hawaiian bowling which is smaller keiki (kids) might enjoy. The other game let's you throw a large sharp stick at a bullseye which is harder than it looks. Another game will let you play with some poi balls to satisfy your inner cheerleader. Then they have various stations where you can get a tattoo, get your picture taken with a large bird, or make a lei or other such wearable item. Most of these stations are completely free and some of those have little boxes for Tipping.

Food & Show

The show they put on is well done and we've seen it a few times ourselves now. If you pay for the better seats you'll get a better show, the cheap seats are cheap for a reason but you'll still be able to see it all. They do some cool fire dancing stuff towards the end which is always a crowd favorite.

Most people we've talked to agree that the food at this buffet is quite good (the pork is surprisingly good for luau food) and better than most other luaus we've been to and they handle the crowd fairly well. The problem is that if you are on the far side of the seating you'll eat last and they don't keep the buffet open very long so you can eat fast and get a second plate but going back for a third (for dessert) might be tough.

The drinks are good here but they're pricey and the "free" drink coupons you get with your package won't go far and often will only pay for part of a drink or certain "lesser" drinks so you'll be paying up yet again. For example, they'll tell you how their special "Paradise Punch" drink which is tasty and comes in souvenir glass (for you to store in your cabinets, never to be used again) but it will cost you one of those free drink coupons PLUS $12.00.

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
I really like this luau overall, I highly recommend you go in you're in Ko Olina, but there are a few things that I really dislike about it as well. First up, they should open their doors about an hour earlier. If you have kids and want to try all of the activities it may be hard to do or you'll have to rush through to do those before they shut down for the big dinner and show.

Second, I hate that they have tip jars at the activity booths. I get it, Hawaii is expensive and these amazing and hardworking employees need every penny they get. So add $2 to ticket prices to cover all tips. It feels so incredibly cheap and shady to have me pay so much to get in only to be expected to pay more. And what if I didn't bring cash and these people are expecting to be tipped? Then I'm the bad the guy. This needs to be fixed.

The food is actually pretty good here for a buffet but I dislike how I'm crammed in so tightly with random strangers (or even those I know) and can barely move my arms to eat. Add in more tables and spread people out a bit more. We also need more time to eat and enjoy our food rather than being rushed through it so quickly.

The property itself needs a makeover, it feels very run down still. They need to put some money into improvements, slap some paint on the buildings, and generally pretty the place up. You're located in an incredibly high end resort and while this is suppose to feel "old world Hawaiian" you can still do that without things feeling like they're falling apart.
Laurie L
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 5
Likes Received: 0
Have been to three luaus there and all have been a great experience! The whole thing was very good! The tour guides, the park, the food and the entertainment was terrific! Will do it again on the next trip!
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 12
I have been to this luau and it was good but I have to say I enjoyed Germaine's better.
It was a fun night and great Hawaiian food and show! Is work checking out.
Jennie S
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 39
Likes Received: 2
Hands down one of the best Luaus on the islands. Between the food, drinks, performers, vendors, and atmosphere, it is such an amazing experience! It teaches you a little history of Hawaii and the Aloha Spirit. I tell everyone that wants to visit Hawaii to go to a Luau. And this is the only one I would recommend.
Joined: Feb 2016
Reviews: 9
Likes Received: 0
Great show and food. Perfect luau for families with lots of activities before dinner and the show.
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 384
Likes Received: 14
Paradise Cove Luau is a great place for families. They have so many activities for the keiki before the main show begins. The food served here is good. There is sometimes a problem with flies though. The main show is very good. My kids love the dancers and the love being able to go up on stage and dance with them.
Cristelle M
Joined: Mar 2014
Reviews: 37
Likes Received: 8
It is a fun place to experience the tourist side of Hawaii. You have a beach, they offer activities, and serve delicious food (they are very good). Basically what you expect out of a Hawaiian vacation!

The place being catered to tourists, they also put on lovely shows where they dance Hula and perform traditional Hawaiian entertainment. These are my favorite parts, and they really play up the 'exotic' theme of the state. While I've been in Hawaii far too long to find them exotic, they are still pleasing to watch and it is nice to know that Hawaiian culture is being enjoyed and preserved by many people! If you are planning to visit Hawaii, please come and enjoy this luau!
Tamaress G
Joined: Mar 2014
Reviews: 1
Likes Received: 0
I like the way the luau was interactive, and how they brought people on stage to participate. It was very Hawaiian, and they had a good variety of food. It's located on a beautiful cove, and the luau's are held at sunset, so it's really pretty.
Joined: Aug 2013
Reviews: 13
Likes Received: 2
Our fav luau out of all of them. Very interactive, presentation and music are very well done. Would go back again.
Joined: Aug 2013
Reviews: 21
Likes Received: 2
One of my favorite island luaus.
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