A Royal Luau - A Cultural Journey Through Time
Waikiki’s storied history includes tales of island royalty, decadent feasts, and inspiring settings.
Every Monday evening, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, pays homage to Helumoa, the legendary playground of Hawaiian royalty where the resort now stands, with a modern interpretation of the traditional Hawaiian feast called ‘Aha‘aina, A Royal Celebration.
Waikiki’s only oceanfront sit-down vignette dinner show is a culinary and sensory celebration, commemorating Hawaiian culture and transforming the traditional island experience in grand Royal Hawaiian style.
“Before ‘luaus’ there were ‘‘Aha‘aina’—a feast of food, mele (song) and hula,” says General Manager, Kelly Hoen. “In ancient times the Hawaiian people came together to celebrate momentous occasions, these gatherings were called ‘Aha‘aina (which translates to gathering for a meal). The Royal Hawaiian is located on sacred grounds and we have created a modern, yet timeless Aha ‘Aina to honor the land’s majestic history through food, song, stories, hula, and culture—a true celebration of The Royal and its heritage.”
Held every Monday evening on The Royal Hawaiian’s Ocean Lawn, with the breathtaking backdrop of Waikiki Beach and picturesque Diamond Head, ‘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—a dramatic performance, including hula and song, commemorating ancient islanders’ rich history and culture through a timeline including the opening of the historic Royal Hawaiian to the contemporary style of Hawaiian music and dance.
The Royal Hawaiian’s ‘Aha‘aina is a lavish epicurean journey through time.
Dates and Times: Every Monday evening from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Note: Monday, November 24, 2014 will remain a five course dinner. Starting Monday, December 1, 2014, a new culinary experience will take place with exploration stations.
Inclusions: A Royal dinner, open bar and spectacular entertainment
Exploration Station Menus Effective on Monday, December 1, 2014:
Gluten-Free Menu - English
Vegan Menu - English
Vegetarian Menu - English
Price: $179* Adult, $101* Child (5-12 years), Nominal seat-only charge for Children under 5 years, Groups (10 or more) $159
Premium Seating: $20 additional
*Rates quoted above exclude tax. 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.