Mele Luau at Coral Crater Adventure Park
Expect a night of laughter, good food, and great entertainment at one of Oahu’s newest, smallest, and best luaus. Mele Luau is Oahu’s best kept secret!
- Pre-Show Cultural Activities
- Imu Cooking Demonstration
- Hawaiian Luau Feast
- Mele Luau Show: A Polynesian Love Story
- Spectacular Fire Dance
Given its small size and unassuming location in Kapolei, Mele Luau is often overshadowed by the bigger luaus of Waikiki that seat hundreds, if not thousands, of people night after night. However, if your idea of an authentic Hawaiian luau does not include waiting in long lines for a Las-Vegas style production, then you really should consider Mele Luau, Oahu’s best kept secret.
Mele Luau does what a lot of the bigger luaus simply cannot. Mele provides a more authentic experience overall, in addition to consistently serving great food, personalized service, and entertainment that feels fresh and engaging. Their location at Coral Crater Adventure Park is a bit unconventional, but it also gives Mele Luau an intimate, fun, backyard party atmosphere.
All guests at Mele Luau are greeted with a lei and a glass of tropical punch (with or without alcohol). The luau starts off with several Hawaiian cultural experiences, including hula and poi ball lessons, a demonstration in pareo (sarong) tying, and temporary Polynesian tattoos. There is a small craft fair located onsite to check out as well. The luau grounds has an imu (earth oven) and a cooking demonstration on how to use one is also provided.
The Luau feast begins with the Imu Ceremony as the roasted pig is removed from the earth, and after a short blessing dinner begins. This buffet dinner features traditional luau foods such as slow roasted Kalua pork and haupia (coconut pudding) as well as many other Hawaiian regional dishes that reflect the islands’ rich and diverse food culture.
The evening’s emcee is Kaleo Pilanca, a well-known local comic. Kaleo will bring the laughs and add some local flavor to the evening while teaching you about Hawaiian culture. In addition to Kaleo’s comedy, some of the best Polynesian dancers and musicians on Oahu will be joining him onstage for Mele’s standout luau main show.
Unlike most luau shows which are usually just a series of song and dance acts representing various Pacific Islands, Mele has created an original show which tells a sweet Polynesian love story. Audiences will still get to experience the same sampling of Polynesian culture, but the different dance and musical numbers are connected to the plot – which makes the whole show feel more seamless and elevated. And of course, the show’s dramatic finale includes a thrilling fire-knife performance!
Mele Luau is located at Coral Crater Adventure Park. Coral Crater offers obstacle and climbing courses, plus zip-lining and guided ATV tours. The park closes at 6pm, when the luau begins, so it does not disrupt or interfere with the luau operations. While admission to the park is not included with the luau, some guests opt to spend the day/afternoon at the park or on a tour and then stay for the luau afterwards.
Mele Luau/Coral Crater is in Kapolei, which is about a 45-minute drive west from Waikiki and about 10-minutes from the resorts of Ko Olina. Parking is available on-site for $10 per vehicle. A parking pass can be added to your reservation during the checkout process.
Packages, Add-ons, and Upgrades:
Mele Luau has four tiered packages available for their different seating areas, as well as additional perks such more drink tickets, better quality leis, priority access to the buffet, etc.
The picnic package is the least expensive and includes seating at picnic tables located furthest from the stage. (Tip: If sitting on a bench for two hours sounds uncomfortable to you or anyone in your party, then it is a good idea to upgrade to any of the other packages as they all have chair seating).
The Oahu and VIP packages are located closer to the stage and have more perks. The VIP package also includes an option to upgrade to a Romance package, which includes a private table and a special dessert for two. This is the perfect add-on for couples celebrating a special occasion who wish to have a more private dining experience.
Finally, there is also a Private Box seat package which can accommodate parties of ten. Guests with private box seats can also avoid the buffet line altogether as they will be served family style by luau staff, in addition to having an elevated view of the stage.
- Seating in the picnic table section.
- Shell Lei Greeting
- Welcome Drink
- Hawaiian Luau Buffet
- Seating in Oahu Section
- Kukui Nut Lei Greeting
- Welcome Drink + 1 additional drink
- Hawaiian Luau Buffet
- Seating in VIP section (nearest to the stage)
- Deluxe Shell Lei Greeting
- Welcome Drink + 2 additional drinks
- Hawaiian Luau Buffet (priority dining)
Private Box Seats Package:
- Elevated private deck for 10 guests
- Deluxe Shell Lei Greeting
- Welcome Drink + 2 additional drinks (per person)
- Hawaiian Luau food served family style
- Complimentary on-site parking
- Romance Package which includes a private table and special dessert for two (VIP Package add-on)
- Green Salad with Mango Vinaigrette
- Macaroni Salad
- Lumpia Pupus (Spring rolls)
Entrees & Sides
- Roasted Kalua Pork Sliders
- Kalbi Beef
- Teriyaki Chicken
- Mahi Mahi in a Lillikoi Beurre Blanc Sauce
- Tofu Quinoa Vegetarian Dish
- Thai Vegetable Curry
- Haupia (Coconut Pudding)
- Welcome Passionfruit Orange Guava Punch (with or without alcohol)
- Tropical Cocktails, Craft Beer, and Wine
- Soft Drinks
- Dress code is casual.
- Luau is held on a flat, grassy area.
- Guests 21 and over must present a picture ID to order or consume alcoholic beverages.
- Menu items are subject to change without prior notice.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made within 24 hours prior to the luau date for a full refund. Cancellations or changes are not allowed within 24 hours of show time. Cancellations made by Mele Luau will receive a full refund.
Operating Hours & Schedule
Mele Luau operates one to three nights per week depending on the time of year. They are open on Wednesday nights year-round and during peak season (March – August) they will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights.
6:00 pm – Guest check-in, Cocktails, Cultural Activities
6:30 pm – Imu Ceremony, Prayer, Feast Begins
7:00 pm – Luau Show
8:15 pm – Final Goodbyes