Aha Aina Royal Hawaiian Luau, Waikiki

Join us in our “Aha Aina” or literally feast of food, song and hula at out beautiful oceanfront in Waikiki. It takes place right on world-famous Waikiki Beach, under the stars at the extravagant Royal Hawaiian Hotel, also known as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific.” You’ll enjoy great views of Diamond Head as a backdrop and the hotel’s royal atmosphere. (Please note starting April 2020 the luau will be at the Coconut Grove and not ocean front.)

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“Aha Aina”, a Royal Celebration

The Pink Palace is one of the oldest and most popular and luxurious hotels in Waikiki. With its pink color, it is truly the most outstanding hotel on Waikiki Beach. Steeped in a rich and elegant history, this will be a night of extravagant dining and entertainment to remember.

Held every Monday & Thursday night at The Royal Hawaiian’s Ocean Lawn with the breathtaking backdrop of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, the ‘Aha ‘Aina is composed of three spectacular acts. As guests enter the Aha ‘Aina grounds, the evening captures the spirit of traditional Hawaii with time-honored demonstrations such as kapa-making (cloth made of pounded bark), poi-pounding, and na lawai’a (tending of fishing tools). The night continues with the sound of a pu (conch) calling guests to feast, where a storyteller shares the significance of lei giving, the ocean, and taro while guests dine on exquisite pupu (hors de ouvres). After dinner, the Helumoa story unfolds—a dramatic performance, including hula and song, commemorates ancient islanders’ rich history and culture through a timeline of the historic Royal Hawaiian to the contemporary style of Hawaiian music and dance.

Come and feast! Only a short walk from almost every hotel in Waikiki, the central location of the Royal Hawaiian Luau truly makes this an essential dining and cultural experience. Come to this luau and enjoy being treated like royalty.

Aha Aina Luau Menu

From the root of the taro plant

First Plate

Spicy Ahi Poke
Hawaiian salt, sweet soy, sirracha aioli, tobiko
Watercress Salad
Sumida Farm watercress, tofu, sesame dressing, ginger
Roasted Eggplant
Lemon miso dressing, chili threads
Ginger scallion sauce, kamaboko, farm egg

Second Plate

Steamed Island Fish
Luau sauce, shaved onion, sesame brittle, pickled chili
Chicken Lau Lau
Chicken steamed with taro leaves
Kimchi Fried Rice
Jasmine rice, kimchi, Portuguese sausage
Hawaiian Smoked Meat
Stir fry smoked pork, pickled onion, oyster sauce
Soy Sake Braised Short Rib
Natural jus, crispy garlic


Local Style Haupia Pudding
Dark chocolate layered dobash, cinnamon crumbles, toasted coconut

*Consuming raw or uncooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may
increase your risk of food borne illness.

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, & Vegan options are available. Please let us know in the comment box if you require any of these options or have any food allergies.




What days of the week do you operate? Monday & Thursday
What is your check in time? 5:00pm.
What is your schedule of events? Starts promptly at 5:30pm and ends at about 8:00pm. Hawaiian activities, Luau Feast, and Helumoa Show
Do you provide Transportation? No.
Do you provide Premium Seating? Yes. It consists of the first two rows of tables, upgraded lei greeting, & priority to the buffet line.
Are children under the age of 2 allowed? Yes.
What kind of bar? You will receive 1 welcome drink and 2 drink tickets good for alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. The Luau has a Full, Cash Bar.

What to Know [ show ]

Smoking/non smoking? A smoking section is available away from luau.

Do you have wheel chair access? Yes.

How many drinks are included in the price? Full bar. You will receive 1 welcome drink and 2 drink tickets good for alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.

What type of alcohol beers wines etc? Standard drinks, Mai Tais, Blue Hawaiians and Pina Colada’s etc.

What non alcoholic drinks do you have? Sodas and juices.

I am a vegetarian with a nut allergy, can you accommodate me?Yes, Please give advance notice.

What is your dress code? Casual.

What should I wear? Light cover up – depends on the weather.

Are slippers ok? Or are shoes required? Slippers are fine.

Is it outside or inside? Outside.

How long does it last? 2.5 hours.

When does it start? 6pm.

Is there a dance/musical number? Yes.

Is parking available? Is parking convenient? At what cost? Do you validate parking? Yes validate parking at Checkin for free parking.

Do you have a gift shop? Yes.

Is there audience participation? Yes.

Should we bring bug repellent? Yes.

Are there plenty of bathrooms? Yes.

Is there Shopping nearby? Yes.

What if it is raining? Do you supply umbrellas, rain checks, refunds? We will move you into the monarch room which is a ballroom that is right next to the ocean lawn.

Does the luau represent many dances or just Hawaiian? From all Polynesia.

Does it have Tahitian dancers? Yes.

Is there a place to store valuables? No.

Can I take pictures after the show? Yes.

Can I get autographs? Yes.

Are pictures available if I don’t have a camera? No.

Security suggestions? Not an issue-it is very safe

Driving Directions [ show ]

Check in at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

From Honolulu International Airport

Take Nimitz Hwy to Ala Moana Blvd.
Turn right onto Kalakaua Ave
Turn right onto Royal Hawaiian Ave.
Drive towards the ocean and pass the Sheraton Waikiki on your right.
Head towards the pink Royal Hawaiian hotel.

For other Luaus in Waikiki Click here.


Check In: 5:00 pm
Gates Open: 5:00 pm
Food Served: ~6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00pm
Duration: 3 hrs
(All times approximate and subject to change)
Includes: Full Bar, 2 Free Drinks
Bring: Casual Attire, Light Sweater
Required: Valid ID Required for Alcoholic Drinks (21+)
Location: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Avenue
and Parking:
Walking distance from Waikiki area hotels.
Notes: • Vegetarian options available with advance notice.
• Majority of the park is wheelchair accessible.
* Special Cancellation Policy: 72 hr notice prior to the event required for cancellations.

Extended Luau Description [ show ]

A rich celebration at Waikiki’s only Royal Hawaiian Hotel!
Experience the gourmet Hawaiian feast fit for royalty at the Aha Aina – A Royal Celebration on beautiful Waikiki Beach held at the nostalgic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, admirably known of as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific.”
The most famous and historic hotel in all of Waikiki is the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, dearly known in Hawaii as “the pink lady”. The Royal Hawaiian hotel was the very first hotel constructed on the island of Oahu and thus in Waikiki as well. An amazing location for an amazing luau found on Oahu, the Royal Hawaiian Luau. Besides having the opportunity to experience a great sense of local history by attending the Royal Hawaiian Luau, it is also an invaluable benefit that one need not trek a great distance across the island to enjoy this luau. As a matter of fact, for guests staying in the Waikiki area, it is not more than a quick lovely evening stroll to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Waikiki’s historical fame includes stories of island royalty, decadent feasts, and inspired settings. The Royal Hawaiian Luau is proudly inspired by Helumoa, the legendary playground of Hawaiian royalty, mingled with a modern representation of the traditional Hawaiian banquet given the special name of “Aha Aina, a Royal Celebration.” Aha Aina Luau is the only oceanfront dinner and show located on Waikiki Beach. It is a celebration that meet two feats: culinary and sensory, with observance of the Hawaiia