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The Show

Experience an extraordinary journey of Waikiki through music, dance, and exquisite Island cuisine.

‘Aha ‘Aina, a Royal Hawaiian Luau – located at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort is a culinary and sensory celebration, commemorating Hawaiian culture and transforming the traditional island experience in grand Royal Hawaiian style.



Long before Waikıki became a bastion of tropical escapism, it was home to a community of extraordinary grace and artistry. ‘Aha ‘Aina is the surprising story of this wondrous culture, told as never before through its music, traditions, and cuisine. This authentic and mesmerizing experience will transport you from Waikiki’s ancient past through the decades since The Royal Hawaiian has reigned over its glittering shore.

The celebration starts from The Royal Hawaiian’s Coconut Grove - fronting the iconic Royal Hawaiian sign, ‘Aha‘aina is composed of three spectacular acts.

As guests enter the sacred grounds, the evening captures the spirit of traditional Hawaii with time-honored activities such as kapa-making (cloth made of pounded bark), poi-pounding, and na lawai’a (tending of fishing tools). The night continues with the sound of a pu (conch), calling guests to feast on the authentic flavors of the different cultures that came to Hawaii as immigrant workers in the plantation industry.
Guests experience each culinary exploration station while a storyteller shares the history of the native cuisine, the significance of lei giving, and the tale of Helumoa. After dinner, the Helumoa story unfolds.

Dates and Times

Every Monday and Thursday evening from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Check-in Time: 5:00pm

‘Aha ‘Aina Program

Act I. Welcome to Ancient Waikiki:
5:15pm – 6:00pm

Act II. The Royal Feast:
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Act III. The Helumoa Story Unfolds:
7:00pm – 7:50pm


Monday & Thursday:
Adults: $187.43 
Premium seating: Available for an additional $21 (includes upgraded lei greeting and priority to buffet line).
Children (5 -12 years): $105.76
Children Under 5: $20.94

*Starting April 2020, we will be adding a third show on Saturdays with updated location and pricing.

Cocktail Seating: $85 includes 2 drinks (beer, wine, cocktail, and non-alcoholic beverages) and luau show.  Seating begins at 6:30pm.

Groups (10+): $166.49
Groups (30+): Please contact us here.


A Royal dinner, beverages and spectacular entertainment
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For more information and reservations, call The Central Dining Reservations Center at (808) 921-4600.

Rates include a 20% service charge, of which 17% is a gratuity for banquet employees. No other fee or charge is a tip, gratuity, or service charge for any employee.

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