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Diamond Head Luau at Waikiki Aquarium

Calling all foodies, this is the luau for you!

Two women hula performers hitting drums at Diamond Head Luau at Waikiki Acquarium
A visit to the Waikiki is a great indoor activity on Oahu.
Aerial view of the Diamond Head Luau at the Waikiki Aquarium.
Two bartenders at Diamond Head Lua give shaka signals.
Three luau guests waring lei pose for a photo.
Food stalls at Diamond Head Luau on Waikiki Beach, Oahu
Hula dancer presents fire in two coconut shells at Diamond Head lual.
Dancers perform at the Diamond head luau Polynesian review.
Two FIre-knife Dancers perform at the Diamond Head Luau, Waikiki, Hawaii.


    • Exceptional catered luau buffet (weeknights)
    • Foodie Friday dining experience (Friday only)
    • Polynesian luau show with a fire-knife finale
    • Walkable from most Waikiki hotels
    • Small, outdoor and oceanfront venue
    • Cultural activities for all ages
    • Live Hawaiian music throughout the evening
    • Lei greeting and a welcome Mai Tai
    • 14-day pass to the Waikiki Aquarium
    • Three seating options available

Waikiki’s Diamond Head Luau is a Foodies Paradise!

Diamond Head Luau is Hawaii’s foodie luau. Three nights a week they offer a luau buffet that is head and shoulders above the rest. And every Friday night is “Foodie Friday”, a weekly event featuring the area’s top chefs and their signature dishes. Unlike anything else in the islands, Foodie Friday luaus are a fun and fresh way to experience Hawaii’s diverse food culture.

Diamond Head Luau is one of Waikiki’s premier oceanfront luaus. It is just a short walk from most resorts in Waikiki Beach, making it one of the most popular luaus in town.

Another feature that sets Diamond Head apart from the rest is its size. This is a small venue, with a capacity of around 100 people. This is considerably smaller than other luaus on Oahu which typically seat several hundred guests a night. Diamond Head’s capacity is ‘just right’, it’s big enough to feel festive, without feeling too crowded or overwhelming. 

The Waikiki Aquarium Afterhours

Diamond Head Luau is held on the oceanfront lawn of the Waikiki Aquarium. Although the aquarium is closed during the luau, it still makes for a pretty and serene setting for a party. All luau guests are also given a 14-day pass to visit the aquarium during the daytime ($12 value).

Although it is a small aquarium, they have over fifteen marine exhibits, including a monk seal habitat and a living coral reef. There’s also a wide variety of native Hawaiian plant species exhibited on the grounds. The Aquarium is the perfect stop for rainy days or when you just need a break from the beach!

Pre-Dinner Activities

Diamond Head Luau offers a variety of cultural activities at activity stations set up around the lawn. Guests of all ages can learn to play traditional Hawaiian instruments, string a fresh flower lei bracelet, weave a headband, or get a temporary Polynesian tattoo. And the group hula lessons are always fun, whether you’re a participant or just an observer. There’s also live Hawaiian music and a bar on-site to keep you entertained.

Hawaiian Luau Feast

Rarely does food take center stage at a Hawaiian luau, but Diamond Head Luau is proving that it can be done. They’ve partnered with the Chart House, a favorite local restaurant, to provide the traditional luau fare you would expect with some surprising additions. Kalua Pig and Lomi Lomi Salmon are served alongside Braised Short Ribs and Lobster Linguine. Sounds good, right?

The Foodie Friday Experience at Diamond Head Luau

Diamond Head Luau’s “Foodie Friday” experience is unlike any other. Diamond Head has teamed with some of the area’s finest restaurants and food vendors to create a fresh culinary experience to accompany their Friday night luaus. Instead of the usual luau buffet line, the luau grounds are lined with food stalls where local restaurants serve their signature dishes.

You’ll find high-quality Hawaiian and Asian-inspired cuisine, made from fresh local ingredients. Each dish is proudly served by the very people who prepared it. And the best part is Foodie Friday luau guests get to try them all. Bring your appetite though, because there are eight vendors to choose from and the portions are generous. 

The friendly atmosphere and food vendors on site make every Friday feel like a block party. Come ready to try lots of new foods, mingle with fellow travelers, and have a great time! 

Evening Performance

Great food and a convenient location aren’t the only things that set this luau apart from other luaus. Despite the luau’s relaxed atmosphere and small size, the entertainment at Diamond Head is world-class. They have one of the freshest and liveliest luau shows around, featuring a talented cast of performers and musicians. You’ll enjoy a night of live music, Polynesian dancing, and a thrilling fire knife performance to end the night. 

Seating Packages

Standard PackageIncludes a Welcome Mai Tai, 1 drink ticket, a seashell lei, and standard seating.
Deluxe PackageIncludes a Welcome Mai Tai, 2 drink tickets, a fresh flower lei greeting, and deluxe seating.
VIP PackageIncludes a Welcome Mai Tai, 2 drink tickets, a fresh flower lei greeting, and VIP seating closest to the stage.

Getting There

The Diamond Head Luau is located on the lawn at the Waikiki Aquarium, at 2777 Kalakaua Avenue. The luau is a short walk from Waikiki Beach and most hotels in the area. If walking is not an option, taxis or rideshares are a great option to get to this venue. 

Parking at Diamond Head Luau

There is both free and metered street parking near the aquarium, found along Kalakaua Avenue. However, finding an open spot can be difficult. Give yourself extra time just in case you have trouble finding a space. The nearest metered public parking lots are at the Honolulu Zoo and beside the Waikiki Shell (.6 miles away).     

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Special Considerations

  • There is no dress code.
  • The luau runs in rain or shine. The reservations department will contact you if there is a cancellation due to extreme weather.


Please Note:

Menu items may be subject to change without prior notice.

Diamond head Luau reserves the right to cancel or modify the show at any time for weather or safety-related issues.

Privacy Policy:

We will not sell, share, or in any way release your personal information to any unrelated third parties.

Refund Policy:

24-hour cancellation policy. Cancellations requested at least 24 hours before your activity date are eligible for full refunds. No-shows & same-day cancellations are subject to the full cost of your reservation.

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