The Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island is one of the top attractions for
many visitors on Hawaii
vacations. The Breeze Luau follows the tradition of several other commercial
productions that have become increasingly popular in Hawaii. These generally
consist of a sumptuous luau dinner of traditional Pacific Islands fare and a
variety of Polynesian dancing. Island Breeze Productions began in Samoa in the
1970s and is based on respect for the contributions of the indigenous people
and cultures of the South Pacific. The Island Breeze Luau is an authentic production
that is worthy of Las
Vegas show status, with a corps of professional dancers and cast members
who have performed and toured the world together for more than twenty years.
The Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island occurs on the grounds of the historic
King Kamehameha I Kona Beach Hotel, which is an important property in the history
of ancient Hawaiian royalty as it is located next to the site the great king
chose for his royal residence and where he ruled until his death in 1819. Here
is the king’s personal temple—the beautifully restored Ahuena Heiau. The hotel
is filled with priceless eighteenth-century artifacts, including feathered capes
and helmets, temple drums, weapons of war, and ancient hula musical instruments.
You can enjoy the Breeze Luau every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,
regardless of whether you are staying at the hotel. It is within walking distance
of many of the other properties in Kailua Kona. The site of the Island Breeze
Luau is on Kamakahonu, located on famous Alii
Guests are greeted with an Island Breeze Luau lei greeting, an open bar, and an imu ceremony. The imu is the traditional underground oven, usually dug in the sand of the beaches, in which the meat, usually a whole kalua pig, is cooked. The ceremony is a ritual uncovering of the layers of leaves that reveal the cooked meat, and this is accompanied by the arrival of a fully costumed King Kamehameha I and his royal retainers in a long outrigger canoe procession. This is a large procession, ranked from the highest to the lowliest of chiefs. After sumptuous dining, the entertainment begins and the Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island offers quite a show.
Every Breeze Luau guest has his or her favorite act. From native Hawaiian tradition,
there is graceful hula hands dancing. There is an exciting Samoan fire knife
dancer, and from Tahiti come the
pounding rhythms of traditional drums. The Fijian contingent shows off its skill
with daring meke (spear) dancing, and the heavily tattooed Maori of New
Zealand perform a powerful karaga (chant) and graceful waita ringa poi ball
dance. Once you have participated in a luau in Hawaii, you become ohana—family.
Island Breeze Luau Productions performers are also made available for conferences,
special events, and Big
Island weddings, providing everything from hula flower girls and conch-shell
blowers to musicians and kahu, the wedding minister. There are Island Breeze
Productions to choose from in Kona—the traditional Breeze Luau and the King’s
Procession. Prices range from about $70 to a little under $100 per person, with
substantially lower fees for children.