Hawaii Loa Luau at the Fairmont Orchid

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Formerly know as the Gathering of Kings Luau, the ‘Hawai’i Loa’ Lu’au is a very special luau held only on Saturdays at the Fairmont Orchid, Plantation Estates on the South Kohala Coast of the Big Island in an ancient Royal (Ali’i) gathering area known as Kalahuipua’a of Hawaii. You won’t find another Luau like Hawai’i Loa. If you can, don’t miss the opportunity to bring your canoe ashore with us at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel and try our amazing dishes and see the our internationally acclaimed performers.

Kalahuipua’a is steeped in tradition and history, an area known as a gathering place for Ali’i (royalty) and special visitors. Join us for an evening full of the same Hawaiian tradition and culture of hospitality at the Fairmont Orchid and create with us special memories as you take part in our Traditional Hawaiian activities. Feast with us on our sumptuos display of local Hawaiian dishes, try something new and different or something familiar and “ono” (delicious). Don’t forget the desert table and as they say in Hawaii, “don’t eat until you’re full, eat until you’re tired!” Don’t forget the “keiki” or children, we have a buffet table for the kids too! Watch as an internationally renowned cast of performers share with you in their performance, stories of Hawaii in the Traditional “Kahiko” Hawaiian way of “hula & mele” (dance & chant), through live music, and dance. Enjoy pre-dinner activities and games and our delicious exquisite buffet experience.

Watch the story of Hawaii develop and see the new cultural influences affect style of dance and costume as the show progresses. From the first Polynesian wayfarers that sailed across the Pacific in their double hull canoes to the many cultures that made Hawaii their new home during the Sugar Cane and Pineapple industries. ‘Pae mai la ka wa’a i ka ‘aina’, The canoe has come ashore. So bring your canoe ashore here to join with us and feast and rest with us this night at the Hawaii Loa Luau.

The extensive research into this production is evident from the start. If you are on the Big Island it’s hard to find an equal to the ‘Hawai’i Loa’.

Ali’i Seating (Preferred seating)
Quick check-in at reservation desk
Express line in the lei greeting/photo area
Reserved seating to the front of the program
Preferential buffet service
Personalized craft demonstration in the seating area
Punch served at the tables
Select upgrade option below when purchasing if you would like the Ali’i Upgrade.

What days of the week do you operate? Saturdays Only.
What is your check in time? 5:30 pm
What is your schedule of events? 5:30 pm check in; 6:00 – 7:00 Dinner and Hawaiian Craft Demonstrations; 6:45 pm Hula Lessons; 7:00 – 8:00 pm Hawaii Loa show.
Do you provide Transportation? No.
Do you provide Preferred Seating? Yes, a limited amount of Ali’i Seating or Preferred Seating is available. Reservations for Ali’i Upgrade are made when booking. Upgrade payments made directly to the Island Breeze Luau at time of check in. Seating upgrade is $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for children ages 6-12. Select upgrade option below when purchasing if you would like the Ali’i Upgrade.

What to Know [ show ]

Smoking/non smoking? There is a smoking area.

Do you have wheel chair access? Yes.

What type of alcohol beers wines etc? Yes we have a full bar. Open bar.

What non alcoholic drinks do you have? Standard non alcoholic drinks.

I am a vegetarian with a nut allergy? Can you accommodate me? Yes both are fine. Please let us know in our comment box about any allergies or dietary needs.

What is your dress code? Semi Formal.

What should I wear? Light coverup if you are susceptible to the cold.

Are slippers ok? Or are shoes required? Slippers are fine, girls shouldn’t wear high heels.

Is it outside or inside? Outside.

How long does it last? 3.5 hours.

When does it start? 6:00pm.

Is there a dance/musical number? Yes.

Is transportation available? No.

Is parking available? Is parking convenient? At what cost? Do you validate parking? Valet parking is included in the price.

Do you have a gift shop? Yes we have a retail table.

Is there audience participation? Yes.

Should we bring bug repellent? Yes.

Are children under the age of 2 allowed? Yes they are free.

Are there plenty of bathrooms? Yes.

Is there Shopping nearby? Yes.

What if it is raining? Do you supply umbrellas, rain checks, refunds? If it rains before it will be moved indoors to the ballroom.

Does the luau represent many dances or just Hawaiian? Many different.

Does it have Tahitian dancers? Yes.

Is there a place to store valuables? No.

Can I take pictures after the show? Yes, but please no video.

Can I get autographs? Yes.

Are pictures available if I don’t have a camera? Souvenir photos are $20 each.

Security suggestions? Don’t bring more than your wallet and camera.

Driving Directions [ show ]

1 North Kaniku Drive. Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

From Kona International Airport

Turn left at the stoplight exiting the Kona International Airport onto Highway 19.
Remain on Highway 19 for 19.5 miles.
The entrance to Mauna Lani Drive is located on the left (ocean side) of the highway, marked by a noticeable coconut grove.
Enter the resort on Mauna Lani Drive and proceed for about a mile to the round-about traffic circle.
Enter the circle, yielding to traffic.
Take the first right turn which is North Kaniku Drive.
Stay on North Kaniku Drive until you reach the main entrance to The Fairmont Orchid at the end of the drive.

From Hilo International Airport

From Kekuanaoa Street (Airport Access Road) turn right on to Kanoelehua street.
Turn left onto Kamehameha Avenue. Continue as lane merges to the right onto Highway 19.
Remain on Highway to Waimea and then head right towards Kawaihae.
Continue for 11 miles down the Kawaihae Road, and turn left to continue on Highway 19.
Approximately seven miles away, a sign will note Mauna Lani Drive. Turn right onto Mauna Lani Drive. Proceed to the traffic circle and take the first right, North Kaniku Drive.
Stay on North Kaniku Drive until you reach the main entrance to The Fairmont Orchid at the end of the drive.



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