Hawaii Mom Blog: Rock-A-Hula's Terrace Luau Buffet & Show - A Night of Great Food and Entertainment




September 9, 2016

Rock-A-Hula's Terrace Luau Buffet & Show - A Night of Great Food and Entertainment

Rock-A-Hula is a collaboration between Legends in Concert and Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events. Featuring Hawaiian and Polynesian performances along with tributes to some of the world's most legendary artists, the Rock-A-Hula show takes place on the 4th floor of the Royal Hawaiian Center in the 750-seat Royal Hawaiian Theater.

There are several show packages to choose from, ranging from the Rockin' Show (just the show itself) to the Green Room (an ultimate VIP experience including a backstage tour and a 4-course meal), as well as a variety of enhancements that you can add on (e.g. transportation, photo services).

Green Room
Our family had tickets to the Terrace Luau Buffet & Show, which allows guests to enjoy an upscale luau buffet beneath a terrace cabana, while enjoying the cool evening breeze.

The blowing of a conch shell signified that guests could get seated for the luau.

We were offered E Komo Mai Tais (non-alcoholic available for kids) and fresh pineapple slices as we awaited the start of dinner.
E Komo Mai Tai and fresh pineapple slices
After a Hawaiian greeting, guests were directed to the buffet line, which boasted a variety of popular luau faves, such as:
Whole Roasted Luau Pig
Long Rice Salad

Tofu Poke

Island-Style Macaroni Salad

Pacific White Fish with Coconut Curry Sauce

Hulihuli Chicken

Rainbow Sorbet
Coconut Cake
Throughout the luau, dancers performed several numbers, and kids went on a treasure hunt in the theater to get fun prizes!

After the luau, guests made their way into the theater to buy drinks at the bar (you can take the drinks into the theater), browse the memorabilia, or shop the souvenir store.
Lots of memorabilia on display

VIP Lounge Area
One of two bars
After being ushered into our premier seats in the center section of the Mezzanine, the Rock-A-Hula show started just after 8pm, with Elvis Presley (Johnny Fortuno) drifting in on a canoe.

He sang several of his popular hits, many of which reflected his affinity for Hawaii.

A couple of times throughout the show, Elvis walked through the crowd to give lei and kisses. Some audience members were shrieking and excitedly extended their hands to shake Elvis' hand!

Next up was Celine Dion  (Elisa Furr).  Powerful performances had the crowd in awe.  My favorite performance of hers was My Heart Will Go On.

Next up was a fireknife dance performance, which really thrilled the crowd.

Michael Jackson (Corey Melton) wowed the crowd as well.

During his Thriller performance, there were some scary surprises that really got some people screaming!

My favorite moment of the show (which gave me "chicken skin") was when Michael Jackson performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow as a tribute to three special people, one of whom was Bruddah Iz.

Elvis returned to close out the show, and for the finale, all of the performers gathered on stage to sing, and even the ushers joined in from afar!  It was an awesome ending to a great night!

At the end of the show, guests could take photos with the performers.

The tribute artists were fantastic. Not only do they have to look like Elvis, Michael, or Celine, but they have to sing, talk, dance and play instruments as the real performer would.

Throughout each act, video is shown simultaneously that often corresponds with what the artists are doing on stage.  They really have each performer's nuances down!

The tribute artists, dancers, and band delivered remarkable performances that intertwined with elements of Hawaii to create a show that was nostalgic and captivating.

Although my littlest one did fall asleep towards the end of the show (it ended about 9:20pm, and my kids are usually in bed by 8pm!), all of my kids enjoyed the show as much as my husband and I did. My oldest loved Elvis, and there were several times when he got up to dance (and I immediately had him sit down so he wouldn't block the view of the people behind us). Rock-A-Hula is definitely a great show for the entire family.

Through September 30, Rock-A-Hula is offering a "child free" special! The Rockin’ Show package is $55.00 for adults and free for children ages 3-11 with each paid adult. Kama’aina rates are available with a valid Hawaii I.D, and special upgrade prices are available for dinner packages.

I do have to acknowledge just how amazing the entire staff was. The aloha spirit was so obvious, especially throughout the luau, where the staff members were so friendly. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and I could really see how all of the guests were enjoying themselves.

If you're staycationing in Waikiki or visiting Oahu, celebrating a birthday or honeymoon (cake, wine, and champagne enhancements available), or even team-building, take your family, friends, co-workers, or out-of-town guests to Rock-A-Hula for a night of great food and entertainment!

For more information, visit http://www.rockahulahawaii.com/.

Royal Hawaiian Center
2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Bldg B
4th Floor, Honolu, HI 96815
(808) 629-7469

Mahalo to Rock-A-Hula for sponsoring a portion of our visit.

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