When choosing a family-friendly activity to do on the Big Island, a luau was an easy option. Why? It can keep a toddler entertained! We selected the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau at the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
A bonus is that you don’t need to pay for a separate ticket for children who are 5 and younger! (Tickets for adults were $72 each for us.)
To be honest, I don’t really think I need to go to another luau in Hawaii every time I visit, but it’s good for first-timers and kids. We didn’t upgrade our seats to the front tables, but I found that it wasn’t necessary. We could see just fine. My only complaint: We were the last table to grab our food. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem but I’m pregnant, so I am constantly hungry! Actually, I would probably still be hungry even if not pregnant, who am I kidding?
Tip: Arrive early to check into the luau. People were in line by 4:15, even though the confirmation tells you to arrive by 4:45. General seating is first come, first served.
Another bonus is that a luau experience can cater to meat and veggie eaters alike.
What to eat as a pescatarian/vegetarian at Voyagers of the Pacific Luau:
You might not think a luau is the place to go if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, but it’s possible to eat well at one. This is what I ate as a pescatarian/mostly vegetarian at the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau:
- Garden salad
- Potato mac salad
- Hawaiian sweet roll
- Three-bean salad
- Island fish (for pescatarians)
- Hawaii sweet potato
- Pineapple chunks
- Coconut cake
- Pineapple upside-down cake
Note: The website says they can prepare a gluten-free or vegan option if notified 24 hours in advance.
After the show, which lasts until 8 p.m., you can purchase your souvenir arrival photo for $20 if you want, but we skipped that. You can also take photos with the dancers. V really wanted to see two of them, and we were happy to do so.
Have you been to a luau in Hawaii? What did you think?
Watch our video of the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau: