Diamond Head Luau at Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu, HI

Waikiki AquariumHonolulu, HI 96815
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Overview

Treat yourself to a traditional Hawaiian experience at Diamond Head Luau in Honolulu, HI, featuring freshly prepared dishes like lomi-lomi salmon, huli-huli chicken, and more! This exclusive luau at Waikiki Aquarium focuses on personalized interaction, fun family activities, and a unique retelling of the Polynesian journey highlighting cultural expressions.

2.5-3 hour 1 or more people

Good To Know

  • Dinner, live performances, and activities run for approximately 3 hours.
  • Check-in starts at 5:45 pm, rain or shine.
  • Held at the beachfront of Waikiki Aquarium—just minutes away from major attractions and hotels.
  • Every luau ticket includes free admission to the Waikiki Aquarium.
  • Enjoy live music and electrifying performances showcasing different Polynesian cultures.
  • Hands-on experiences before the luau include lei making, temporary Polynesian tattoos, hula lesson and more.
  • Dine on traditional and modern Hawaiian cuisine. Includes alcoholic drinks.
  • Vegan and vegetarian options, wheelchairs, and other special requests can be accommodated with advance notice.
  • Lap children—under 3 years old can join for free.

Description

from Diamond Head Luau at Waikiki Aquarium
Experience an authentic evening of Hawaiian and Polynesian based experiences and activities. Located at Waikiki Aquarium, Diamond Head Luau in Honolulu, Hawaii is great for families with its focus on interactive, cultural activities like hula and ukulele lessons, coconut leaf headband weaving, lei-making, fire demonstrations, ukulele lessons, temporary tattoos, and more!

Following the cultural activities, enjoy a unique farm-to-table buffet featuring local ingredients and recipes. As the sun sets on the grassy oceanside lawn, the exciting show packed with traditional hula and fire performances begins!

Exclusive to the Diamond Head Luau, every luau ticket includes free admission to the Waikiki Aquarium. Guests will receive physical tickets at Lu'au check-in, which are valid for 14 days after their Luau date.

In ancient Hawaii, it was customary to celebrate special occasions with Ohana (family) and friends. Diamond Head Luau continues this tradition with a menu that is locally grown and prepared in Hawaii.

*Menu is subject to change based on seasonality and availability of local ingredients.

Days of Operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Check-in Time: 5:00 pm
Doors Open: 5:30 pm

Cultural Events: 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
  • Coconut-headband weaving
  • Polynesian tattoos (temporary)
  • Hula lesson
  • Lei making
  • Ukulele lesson

Farm to Table Feast:
  • Admission to the Waikiki Aquarium (during luau hours)
  • Fresh Flower Lei
  • Mai Tai greeting
  • Two (2) premium drink tickets
  • Standard Luau Seating

Farm to Table Menu:
Locally-sourced ingredients/organic whenever possible.
Pupu Station:
Enjoy our fresh pupus (appetizers) while you enjoy your welcome Mai Tais. At the appetizer station, we offer lychee wood-smoked local marlin dip and kalo (taro) hummus *V/GF served with freshly made uala chips (local sweet potato).

Salad Station:
Kula baby romaine Caesar salad with parmigiana cheese slivers and cured akule flakes (Hawaiian smoked meat). Maui baby green salad with cherry tomatoes and fresh cucumbers from Ho Farms dressed with your choice of Caesar dressing *GF, EVOO and red wine vinegar or lilikoi vinaigrette *V/GF.

Hot Food Station:
Grilled Bone-In Kalbi Short Rib (Locally Sourced Grass Fed), Huli Huli (Hawaiian Style) Rotisserie Chicken Breast, Vegan Vegetable Curry with Sautéed Tofu Cubes, and Above-ground Kalua Pig carving station.

Fresh Poke:
Featuring homemade poke including limu ahi poke with ginger soy dressing, Lomi salmon shooters *GF.

Vegetable Dishes:
A delicious vegan vegetable curry stew with crispy Aloha Farm Tofu *V/GF and a roasted farmers vegetable medley *V/GF

Island Fruit/Dessert Station:
To satisfy your sweet tooth we offer dessert options including a fresh, seasonal island fruit assortment, traditional Haupia, and our Ono Fruit pie made with ulu (breadfruit), mango and uala (local sweet potato) *V/GF

Non-Alcoholic Drinks:
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Canada Dry, Bottle Water, Juice (Pineapple, Orange, Guava, Lilikoi Passion, Strawberry Guava).

Drink Menu:
Full Bar with assorted Beer, White and Red Wine, Mai Tai, Mango Daquiri and Blue Hawaii.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Diamond Head Luau at Waikiki Aquarium

When is Diamond Head Luau open?

Diamond Head Luau runs every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30PM to 8PM. Check-in begins at 4:45PM.

Where is Diamond Head Luau located?

Diamond Head Luau is located at the Waikiki Aquarium: 2777 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI.

When can I use my admission to the Waikiki Aquarium?

Every Luau ticket includes free admission to the Waikiki Aquarium. Upon check-in at the Luau, guests will receive physical tickets to the aquarium—valid for 14 days after their Luau date and redeemable during the aquarium's regular business hours: daily from 9AM to 4:30PM.

What happens if it rains?

The Luau runs in rain or shine. In case of cancellation due to extreme weather, management will contact you.

Is there transportation or parking available?

Yes, the Luau is conveniently just outside Waikiki and most major hotels, so most guests choose to walk or ride-share. Limited free and metered parking is available along the street near the Aquarium, which typically fills up before 5PM. Metered parking is free on Sundays, holidays, and nightly after 6PM.

Does my child under 3 years need a ticket?

No, they considered a lap child, so they can join for free!

Do you accommodate guests with disabilities or special requests?

Yes. If you or anyone in your party requires wheelchair assistance or any other special accommodation requests, please please leave a comment in the “Have Special Needs?” section while booking your ticket. To be accommodated, please note that requests must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance before your Luau date.

Is there a vegan menu?

Yes, a vegan alternate menu is available upon request. If you want a vegan or vegetarian menu, please leave a comment in the “Have Special Needs?” section while booking your ticket. Please note that this request cannot be accommodated for the same-day booking after 11:30AM.