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Hawaii (Big) Island
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This venue seats 400 people outdoors at the Kamehameha Court, where it presents the "Legends of the Pacific" review. A buffet dinner provides samplings of Hawaiian food as well as fish, beef, and chicken dishes that appeal to all tastes. Admission includes two cocktails. www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.
The Fairmont's "Gathering of the Kings Polynesian Feast" offers the most bang for your buck. The show is slickly produced and well choreographed, incorporating both traditional and modern dance and an array of beautiful costumes. The meal offers the most variety of any island luau, with four buffet tables representing New Zealand, Hawaii, Tahiti, and Samoa. www.fairmont.com/orchid.
See authentic Tahitian dancing and a dramatic fire-knife performance at the Island Breeze Luau, an oceanfront event that features live music and a bounty of food including kalua pig cooked in an authentic underground imu. It's staged on the grounds of the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. www.islandbreezeluau.com.
This 600-seat venue hosts a full season of dance, drama, music, and other events. About 150 performances are held September to May. artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.
Hawaiian music and dance, as well as theater performances, are hosted by this local art center. Locals drive here from all over the island for the concerts. www.volcanoartcenter.org.
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