Chief’s Luau at Wet’n’Wild Waterpark
Chief’s Luau is the top-rated luau in Hawaii and is renowned for its impressive, over-the-top fire-knife performance. However, according to past guests, the main attraction might just be the Chief himself.
Chief Sielu Avea
Chief’s Luau is produced and hosted by Chief Sielu Avea, who is pretty impressive in his own right. Chief Sielu is a real Samoan Chief and has dedicated his life to promoting Polynesian culture and customs. The Chief has been entertaining and educating visitors to the islands for over thirty years and he has been featured on more than a dozen popular television programs in the U.S., as well as appearing on programs in many other countries. The Chief has even starred in a Sundance Film Festival featured film and most recently he became a viral TikTok sensation.
In his early days, Chief Sielu was the first ever world-champion fire-knife dancer and performed on many stages worldwide. He has since gone on to inspire and mentor several generations of fire-knife dancers. It’s no coincidence that Chief’s Luau attracts the top talent and has the largest and most elaborate fire-knife performance around.
The Chief is known for his warmth, charm. and humor – and this sets the tone for the luau experience as a whole. This is a lighthearted, laid-back luau, with a welcoming staff, and you may be so busy being entertained that you might not even realize how much you are learning about Polynesian culture.
Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a lei and are given an opportunity to take photos with the performers if they’d like. Before the start of dinner service and the main show, there is about an hour or so dedicated to cultural activities. Guests can enjoy some cocktails, try out a weaving or hula lesson, and watch the coconut husking and fire-starting demonstrations. (Tip: Past luau guests rave about the tropical cocktails served in real pineapples. Yes, they’re a bit pricey and touristy – but oh so much fun!)
After a short imu ceremony dedicated to the traditional luau practice of slowly roasting a pig in an in-ground oven, it is time to eat. The buffet features many traditional luau foods such as roasted Kalua pork, lomi lomi, and poi, as well as other Hawaiian regional favorites. This is an all-you-care-to-eat buffet, so feel free to help yourself to a second trip through the buffet line – this is a feast after all!
After dinner, it is finally time for the main event. Chief’s talented cast of dancers, performers, and musicians will take you on an exciting journey through the Pacific Islands. Enjoy Hawaiian hula, Tahitian and Tongan dancing, Māori haka, and more. All of these acts are of course building up to the show-stopping Samoan Siva Afi, or fire-knife dancing as it is more commonly known. Chief’s Luau is renowned for their spectacular fire-knife performance, which can feature as many as twelve dancers at once!
Finally, as the night winds down, couples celebrating special occasions are invited on stage to enjoy a sweet, slow dance as the Chief himself serenades them.
Chief’s Luau offers two seating packages. The upgraded package – the Royal Experience – allows guests to sit closest to the stage, be first in line for the buffet, plus they will receive an extra drink ticket, a welcome Mai Tai, a flower lei, and a souvenir gift.
Chief’s luau is held on a flat, grassy surface. Seating is at large banquet-style tables, so you will be seated next to other guests. Although Chief’s is generally considered a mid-sized luau venue, like all luaus in Hawaii, it can grow exponentially during peak travel periods (holidays, spring break, and during the summer months). If attending during peak season you may want to consider the upgraded package for this reason alone.
Also, please keep in mind that this is an outdoor, uncovered venue. Fortunately, the west side of the island is known as the ‘dry side’, but occasionally luaus are canceled due to weather. In the rare instances when this happens, the reservation staff work with guests to either reschedule or refund.
- Mixed Island Greens
- Taro Rolls
- Poi & Lomi Lomi Salmon
- Slow Roasted Kalua Pork
- Tropical BBQ Chicken
- Sautéed Asian Style Island Fish
- Chow Mein Noodles with Char Siu Pork
- Vegetable Stir Fry
- Steamed White Rice
- Purple Okinawan Sweet Potatoes
- Pineapple Cake
- Fresh Pineapple
- Coffee & Tea
- Passion Orange Guava Tropical Punch
- Cash bar available (Assorted Liquors, Wine, Beer, Soda)
- Reserve early, this a popular attraction which fills up quickly.
- Dress code is casual.
- Guests 21 and over must present a picture ID to order or consume alcoholic beverages.
- Admission to Wet n’ Wild Waterpark is not included with luau admission. The park is closed during the luau.
Chief’s Luau is located in Kapolei, which is about a forty-five minute drive away from Waikiki and only about ten minutes away from the resorts located in Ko Olina. The easiest and most convenient way to get to Chief’s Luau from Waikiki is to use their roundtrip shuttle service. This service has seven different pick-up locations in Waikiki, so there is a stop within walking distance of most of the main hotels in the area.
If driving yourself, parking is available onsite for $10 per vehicle (cash only).
Menu items are subject to change without prior notice
Customers will receive a full refund if cancellations are made before 12:00 pm (noon) the day before the luau. Cancellations made by Chief’s Luau due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances will receive credit or a full refund.
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