Aulani Adds a Luau to its List of Offerings

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All About Ka Waa the New Luau at Aulani

Disney’s Aulani resort offers guests plenty of food and entertainment, but the one thing it lacked was a Luau. Now the hotel plans to launch a dinner luau for guests that’s truly Hawaiian, not Polynesian. The show will premiere November 2nd.

KA WA’A Aulani Luau

Named “Ka Waa” meaning “canoe” the show will introduce guests to Hawaiian culture from ancient times til now. The Luau will include a storytelling aspect, as most do. The story will focus on Native Hawaiian’s ancestors who sailed from the South Pacific centuries ago to settle the land surrounding the oceanfront resort near Ko Olina.

“Discover deep cultural roots in canoe (wa’a) exploration, which brought the first ancient explorers to the shores of Ko Olina.” – Aulani website


As with all shows on Disney property, the Luau will combine cultural stories with a touch of Disney magic. Much of the story will be told through dance. No luau would be complete without the hula. Hawaiian dancers will perform the kahiko – a more traditional dance, and the auana – a more modern form of hula.

Guests can enjoy the Luau twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 5 pm. Pre-show activities include:

  • Kapa printing – Kapa is a fabric made by native Hawaiians. Bast fibres of certain plants and trees are used to create the fabric.
  • Flower arranging
  • Kakau tattoos – temporary tattoos
  • Pa’i ai taro pounding – pounding taro creates Poi, a traditional Polynesian staple food.

The show will begin with an oli welcome, or native chant.

The Food at Ka Waa

Luau’s are known for serving an abundance of food, incorporating flavors from throughout Polynesia. Ka Waa will serve guests a buffet style traditional Hawaiin feast including a suckling pig and prime rib carving station. The buffet dinner will also include fresh local seafood and traditional Hawaiian side dishes. Kid friendly options will also be made available.

Ka Waa will cost $119 per adult, and $79 for children ages 3 to 9. Guests can take advantage of VIP seating for $159, or $109 for kids. Reservations can be made by phone at 808.674.6850.

Michelle McKinley is a journalist and digital marketer from Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Journalism degree from Pepperdine University, and has been writing for the web since 2003. She’s a life-long Disney fan who travels and writes about her experiences for fun.

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