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Hawaii Fun: Paradise Cove Luau

Shower of Flowers at Paradise Cove Luau

My parent’s were visiting over the 4th of July holiday and one thing we wanted to do was take them to a luau. We had tried to take them a number of years ago only to be rained out right when they were about to serve that delicious luau food! It was something that they still wanted to experience so without hesitation, we made reservations.

Experiencing a luau is usually one of the top things on a Hawaii visitor’s list. There are plenty of options on Oahu that range from hotel luaus to more activity-based luaus that offer a bit more than just dinner and hula. As a family we have been to our fair share of luaus over the years and one of our favorites is the Paradise Cove Luau. Based at the Ko Olina lagoons in Kapolei, it is a bit of a drive from most places on the island but the setting is totally worth it.

Paradise Cove Luau

They have different packages you can buy and we opted for the standard package. We have access to military outlets to buy our tickets which offers a pretty good discount. Your ticket includes the luau dinner, a couple of adult bevies, the main show and a bunch of Hawaiian culture-based activities.

We arrived around 4:30PM and parked in the main lot. We picked up our tickets at will-call with no issue and waited about 15 minutes until the gates opened. It’s then a short stroll to the main grounds where you are offered a complimentary Mai tai or cup of POG (Passion, Orange, Guava) juice. Once you make your way all the way in, I suggest grabbing a beverage at the bar and then heading over to the activities.

Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Lava Flow

My drink of choice was a Lava Flow, which is essentially a Pina Colada with strawberry. Once you have drink-in-hand, mosey on over to the many activities. Lines will begin to grow for each activity so try and get started early. There are traditional games, Hawaiian tattoo painting, canoe rides and more. The weather was gorgeous that evening, music playing and people milling around. It was busy, but not chaotic by any means.

Paradise Cove Activity

Paradise Cove Activity

Paradise Cove Canoe Ride

Paradise Cove Craftsmen

You’re given plenty of time to enjoy all of the activities. Soon everyone is called over to the Imu where there is some hula performance and the ceremony of pulling the pig from where it has been roasting underground. Before that though, you are treated to the Shower of Flowers, where a “luau boy” climbs up a tall coconut palm and releases flowers from the top. The climb is not for the faint of heart.

Shower of Flowers at Paradise Cove Luau

People then start to make their way to their tables and await their turn in the buffet line. When called, the lines move quickly, they have a very efficient set-up and you have your food in minutes. There’s kalua pig, roasted chicken, island fish, a variety of salads and veggies, fresh fruit and the list goes on. Check out this spread of food. Ugh, drooling just looking at it.

Paradise Cove Luau Buffet

Paradise Cove Luau Food

After you get your food, which also includes dessert, you can settle in for the show. Lots of hula, singing and storytelling all under the Hawaiian stars. They really do a nice job with the entertainment and all-in-all you get a lot for your money at this luau.

Even though we have been a number of times, its always fun. I highly recommend adding this luau to your list of things to do while on Oahu. It’s the perfect way to spend an evening and really has something for everyone. Aloha!

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    Sasha Cesar
    September 27, 2017 at 4:06 AM

    Woop woop! This looks like so much fun! I have to convince my future hubby to go to Hawaii for a honeymoon!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 27, 2017 at 7:40 PM

      Yes! Hawaii is a fantastic Honeymoon location!!

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    naila liaqat
    September 25, 2017 at 12:36 AM

    wow love your photos

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 27, 2017 at 7:41 PM

      Thanks so much Naila!

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    Jaemie
    August 24, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    That piña colada looks so good!

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    AmberLynn
    August 24, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, especially after my mom went, island hopped and told me all about it. (That was so cruel.) Looks like there is plenty to go with great food and drinks. I’d love to go to an authentic Luau like this one day.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 24, 2017 at 5:17 PM

      Yes, there is so much to do here! And a lot of it is just exploring beautiful nature, its free!

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    Andrea
    August 22, 2017 at 11:29 PM

    Lovely – looks like a good time was had by all 🙂

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    Emma @ theweekendabroad.com
    August 22, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Love your blog! I can’t wait to go to Hawaii again. That lava flow drink looks super refreshing.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 22, 2017 at 8:45 PM

      Mahalo Emma! Yes, the lava flow is to die for!

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    justine
    August 22, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    AHH! we did this luau when we visited last year! BY FAR the best luau we’ve ever been to! you’ve been to one, you’ve been to them all – right? this totally took the cake. the food was better too!

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    Jackie
    August 22, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    I never realized there was so much involved in a luau, besides the food and hula dancing. Love the post!

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    Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    August 22, 2017 at 1:14 PM

    This makes me want to go back to Hawaii so badly! I’m pretty sure I went to this same luau with my family when I was younger. Such a great time 🙂

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    Bruce Schinkel
    August 22, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    This looks like such an amazing time! Somehow I never realized just how much makes up a luau, and now I can’t wait to attend one

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 22, 2017 at 8:43 PM

      It truly is an event!

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    Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder
    August 22, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    This looks SO fun! I want to go to a luau so badly — one day 🙂

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    Mica
    August 22, 2017 at 2:52 AM

    The food looks great and it sounds like a wonderful evening! I’ve never been to Hawaii or a luau but I’d love to – very different from anything here in Australia!

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    the adventurer
    August 21, 2017 at 5:41 AM

    Wow look at all the good food! =o) It looks like a fest! I’ve never been to a luau in Hawaii but when I was younger my family went to New Zealand and we attended something similar. But I am adding this to my list of things next time I am in Hawaii =o)

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 22, 2017 at 5:56 AM

      I bet it was quite similar! A luau is always a good time 🙂

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    Rachel Catherine
    August 17, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    This place looks so beautiful. I love how all the food looks so fresh! Just gorgeous. I hope we can go back to Hawaii someday soon.

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    Anvita
    August 16, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    I would love to be here. Hawaii is definitely on our bucket list for next year. Seems like this is a good place to be.

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    Christine
    August 16, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    It looks amazing and a great thing to do as a family! 🙂

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    MomJonz
    August 16, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    We are looking for a luau to take my mom to when she visits. Right on time.

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    Emma
    August 16, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Oh my gosh this makes me want to go on vacation like right now.

    Emma | Seeking the South

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    Sheila Price
    August 16, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Wow! That looks so fun, delicious and beautiful! I hope I am able to visit Hawaii some day. 🙂

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    Bailey
    August 15, 2017 at 10:39 PM

    Such a wonderful luau. I loved the show.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 16, 2017 at 5:46 AM

      They do a fantastic job. Aloha!

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    Rachel
    August 15, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    This looks so awesome! I’m ashamed to say that during my visit to Hawaii over 10 years ago, I never had the chance to make it to a luau! PS. I LOOOOOVE your instagram!!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 15, 2017 at 8:11 PM

      It’s hard to fit everything you want to do in one trip! You’ll just have to come back 🙂 And thank you so much!!

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    Jordyn Galan
    August 15, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    I love Luaus. and that one looks amazing!

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    Katie | Life She Lives
    August 15, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    Oh I am just dying to visit Hawaii! This looks amazing!!

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    Molly
    August 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    I am so jealous. I’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii and go to a luau. Definitely a bucket list item.

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    Joline
    August 15, 2017 at 7:58 AM

    What’s not to love?? Sun, sand, water, food. Hope I can visit one day soon!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 15, 2017 at 8:10 PM

      Exactly! Thanks Joline.

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    Meredith ~ The Papery Craftery
    August 15, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    Wow, that looks like an amazingly fun experience for the whole family! My littles are too young to appreciate it, but we hope to make the trip to Hawaii someday.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 15, 2017 at 8:10 PM

      Definitely! You’ll be able to do a lot more when they’re older as well, like gorgeous hikes and more adventurous activities!

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    the sophia diaries
    August 15, 2017 at 7:05 AM

    i’ve been dying to visit hawaii for forever xD hopefully I’ll be able to very soon! your photos are making me have wanderlust xD

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 15, 2017 at 8:09 PM

      Thanks Sophia!

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    Jessica Wagner
    August 15, 2017 at 6:35 AM

    This looks like SO much fun!!! We did a Hawaiian cruise as a family when I was little and the Luau was my favorite part! Our dream is to visit as a family someone and this tops the list of activities!! I love a good party, especially when beaches, flowers, and colorful cocktails are involved!! Thanks for sharing love! XO

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 15, 2017 at 8:08 PM

      Thanks for reading Jessica! Aloha!

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    Ada
    August 14, 2017 at 10:28 PM

    Paradise Cove Luau seems so much fun! I was actually reading about it recently as I am going to Hawaii in two months and I can’t wait! The food looks delicious there !

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 15, 2017 at 8:07 PM

      How exciting! Yes, definitely check it out!

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    Delphine
    August 14, 2017 at 10:01 PM

    Hawaii sounds like such an interesting place: beautiful beaches, great good and interesting culture… I would love to go!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 15, 2017 at 8:07 PM

      Yes! There is so much to enjoy in Hawaii! I hope you make it here someday.

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    Mila | Hangry Woman
    August 14, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Every Time I see your posts, it makes me so inclined to visit Hawaii. I will make it there one day! It’s so beautiful

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 14, 2017 at 7:56 PM

      Yay! Hawaii is an amazing place. It’s easy to be passionate about it 🙂

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    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    August 14, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    I could go for one of those Lava Flows 🙂 Looked delish! Paradise Cove looks so nice and fun!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 14, 2017 at 7:56 PM

      Lava Flows are my fav tropical drink, could go for one right about now too, lol.

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    Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler
    August 14, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    I’ve wanted to visit Hawaii since I was a kid, and going to a luau would certainly be on my itinerary. The food looks delicious, too!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 14, 2017 at 7:55 PM

      The food is so good! A nice variety too.

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    Mariah Klee
    August 14, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    That Lava Flow drink looks amazing! This truly looks like paradise! Hawaii is definitely on this family’s vacation bucket list (no thanks to Moana haha).

    Mariah
    http://www.likehoneyblog.com

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 14, 2017 at 7:54 PM

      Lol, Moana! Yes, there is so much to do here. Hope you find yourself in Hawaii one day 🙂

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    Gabrielle
    August 14, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    I love your photos! This place looks awesome!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 14, 2017 at 7:53 PM

      Thanks Gabrielle, Hawaii is pretty photogenic 😉

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    Melanie
    August 14, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    I have always wanted to go to a luau!! We have thought about doing the one at Disney, since we live in Orlando, but I want that authentic Hawaiian experience for my first time. This one looks great! I love all the other activities offered!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 14, 2017 at 7:53 PM

      Oh, do they still have the Polynesian Resort at Orlando? I vaguely remember staying there when I was little 🙂

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