Oahu luau review of Paradise Cove

While we were practically staying next door at Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina, we couldn’t resist checking out Paradise Cove Luau. We knew that the sunset location would be excellent and we’d heard good things about this luau.

One thing we enjoyed about this luau is that there’s some sort of entertainment from the moment you arrive and that continues for the rest of the evening.

A lovely voice and sounds of the ukulele greeted us at our 5pm arrival.

We followed the winding paths to the Mai Tai (or punch) and lei greeting. We had the lowest level luau package, which included a shell lei greeting. Upgraded packages include fresh flower lei and or kukui nut lei.

Mai Tai greeting

A full slate of activities and presentations preceded dinner and the Polynesian dance and music show. This part is where Paradise Cove distinguishes itself from other luaus as there was always something to observe and participate in. The coconut tree climbing with the shower of flowers seemed to be a big hit with our fellow “luau-ers.”

The beach activities were also popular with canoe rides and a hukilau (net fishing) demonstration.

While others were participating in the activities, we couldn’t keep our eyes off the golden hour sun light on the rugged west Oahu coast.

The dedicated grounds and seating for the imu ceremony, which is the unearthing of the food cooked in the in-ground oven, is another point that sets Paradise Cove apart from other luaus we’ve seen. the ceremony and presentations were very good.

Imu ceremony

Next we were seated for the buffet dinner. The food was on par with the many other luaus we’ve attended. You can review their luau menu here.

Kalua pork and taro rolls are two of my favorite luau foods! Note that there is a small side of poi on my plate to taste and make the dinner more authentic.

The show was okay. Honestly, we did expect more performers considering the size of audience. If you’ve never been to a luau, the performance definitely checks the box for decent entertainment, but as seasoned “luau-ers” we were not wowed.

The show did include a fireknife dancer which is always a crowd pleaser.

Video overview

Please enjoy our short video overview of Paradise Cove Luau, which includes some nice drone footage of the grounds to help you get a sense of the size and layout of this 12-acre property. The video also includes footage of the fireknife dancer.

What to know when you go:

  • Be sure and study the seating chart and packages to make sure you select the best option for your budget.
  • We used our 25% off coupon from our Hawaii Entertainment Book, which helped us save approximately $50 between us.
  • You can arrange transportation from Waikiki for an additional fee.
  • Photographers are on site to take specialty photos for an additional fee.
  • When you check in, you are given a “cove card,” which is like a credit card, that’s pre-loaded with a set amount for purchasing drinks, photos and souvenirs.
  • See more of our photos from this luau.
  • For more reviews of this luau, see this link to TripAdvisor.
  • Check our guide for what to expect from a Hawaiian luau for more general advice about going to a luau.

Have you been to Paradise Cove Luau? How was your experience?

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