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“A Very Well Organised Show”

FIA FIA Polynesian Show
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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Everything is highly organised - seats are sold in three categories and that gives priority on entry and table allocation. After that it is all pretty much the same - food, drinks etc.
The first half hour is more low key - arts and crafts, making head bands, watching the sun set, watching a roasted pig being taken from the cooking stones etc. Then a buffet dinner - all you can eat with pork, beef, fish, chicken etc and desserts. Two drinks as part of the entry ticket.
Then the show. Examples of dancing from different Polynesian countries, a little too much audience involvement (honeymooners, children, those married more than 50 years called to the stage and feted). The finale was fire dancing which was very spectacular. The MC was very smooth but asked too often "is everyone having a good time?".

1  Thank Philip M
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Marriott changes their garden into a Polynesian heaven with a promising sunset and enjoyable meal. The entertainment is led by the most likable Hawaiian but the fire dance was the best that we have seen. Highly recommend the show.

Thank Marilyn R
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Reviewed 4 November 2017

This is great way to spend the afternoon/evening. The location is beautiful. We stayed at this Marriott property and every night had an absolutely gorgeous sunset. The Fia Fia show was terrific. The venue is smaller than most luaus, and therefore feels more intimate. You aren't sitting in a huge crowd trying to see some stage that is far away. There are three tiers of seating (price-wise), but I think all of them are fine - the middle tier may be worth the extra money, but I don't know if you need to pay for the top tier. You should however, get there 1/2 hour before they start because within each tier, it's first come, first seated. Plus, there are some nice vendors selling their handmade items. They have music and different things going on. The food was okay, and they didn't keep it out very long, so I don't think many people, if any, were able to have seconds. A couple of rum punch drinks are included with the cost, so overall, I would say it was definitely worth the money. The fire dance itself is truly spectacular. The dancers all worked very hard and you can see why it's rated the best luau on the island.

2  Thank Valerie O
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Can't say enough about this. Just go, it's worth it, the show, the food, the view, the whole thing was great from start to finish

2  Thank sandjmonroe
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We had two friend families staying at Aulani and decided to go to a Luau together. We decided on this one as our family was staying at the Marriott Ko Olina and based on all the good reviews we were reading and the fact that two years ago we saw part of the show from peeking in from the outside. The other two main Luaus here run everyday and bring bus loads of tourists to their sites. Fia Fia is smaller in size and therefore more intimate and runs only on Tuesdays. You basically make reservations through the concierge desk.

There are three tiers of seating here and costs go up accordingly. Not sure if the top or elite tier is only offered to the Marriott folks but it runs around $150. The next is the premium tier which runs around $120 and then you have the regular which is about $105. They set up seating based on how many folks sign up for each tier. There are only basically two rows of double long tables in a slight arc around the stage. The elite sit center stage. The premium get any left over tables at the edges plus center stage in the second row. The regulars get the leftovers on the sides. They color code you with lei's for the elite and premium as well as the table cloth color. In most cases though, you can get a good view of the stage from any table as again this is a smaller group of people attending. We were a group of 19 so exactly filled the Center table in the second row.

Their seating is first come, first served and starts from around 4:30. If you want to be at the head of the line, you need to be there around 4:00. They have three lines so make sure you get into the correct one. They have stands at the head of each line which are in a row. Basically they are making one big line but putting elite in front, followed by premium then others. Once you get your seat, you can wander around as they have men making weaved head dresses for anyone, a fire making area, temp tattoos, vendors selling goods and other things to do. They start up their music and do a very good job keeping everyone informed of what is taking place around you. Eventually they announce the Imu ceremony to dig up the Kahlua pig.

They give you drink tickets for everyone and even the little ones get the same drink tickets. You can get punch with the tickets but it seemed like most kids wound up with water and their parents got an extra Mai Tai or two. You can also get beer and wine I believe. The food comes up next and it goes fairly fast with two tables or four lines. The food is okay. Nothing spectacular and not as expansive in food choices as other Luaus I've been too. The flavoring was good and they did have purple yams as something unusual, but for the most part regular Luau food. The hapia was good here. Dessert was cakes with different icing. One thing bad here is they tend to start putting food away as soon as the last person has made their first visit and don't encourage you go to get more food. One really neat thing is they have a kids food table were there are some items like mac and cheese, spaghetti, chicken tenders and other items more geared for kids. But note that kids prices are very high here (this is true of all three Luaus in this area) with kids ages 4 to 11 costing $75 per for the premium seats. This is pretty steep for a 4 year old who is eating chicken tenders and fries. As a comparison, we went to Smith's on Kauai and there kids ages 3 to 6 is $19 and 7 to 13 is $30.

After the food is the show. For the most part the show is pretty good. Not spectacular. The girls are good dancers and with the guys put on a good show similar to what I’ve seen at many luaus. What makes this show super good is the fire dance. This is the best fire dance performance I’ve ever seen and the closing with nine twirlers or more is spectacular. You can tell that the guys are really into it and trying to give a good show. The chief/mc likes to acknowledge all the birthdays, honeymooners, anniversaries, veterans, and especially the couples who managed to stay together the longest. Depending on how you like this stuff, it either seems like a wasted time as you’re there to watch a show or you like to see all this smoozing.

All in all it’s a good show and worth seeing. If you like the fire dancing part which all luau shows seem to have, you’ll love this show.


9  Thank Pudgie
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