If you have read any of my other Hawaii journals, you know how much I enjoy the luau! They are simply a wonderful way to enjoy a meal while being entertained. I have to admit, Germaine’s knows how to do it and do it well! It was probably one of my top luau experiences, ever.
This was a fun night out for the four of us... me, my husband, his mom and sister. It was fun to have them with us as they had never experienced a luau before and didn’t really know what to expect. I think they especially enjoyed learning how the kalua pig is prepared in the ground in the imu. “Who’d have thunk it” his sister said, as they brought dinner up out of the leaves and rocks.
The presentation of the Hawaiian luau was very good at Germaine’s. We didn't feel like we were herded in and out like at some luaus. The dinner buffet featured all of the traditional food items that you would find at a luau. In addition to the pork, other main courses included fish, chicken, and beef. There were lots of salad options as well as vegetables and starch items (potatoes, rice, and of course poi). The pineapple cake was delicious as was the coconut gelatin delight that you can typically only find at a luau.
With each paid admission, you receive two complimentary drink coupons. After that, you’re on your own at about $5 per drink. They also have unlimited soft drinks for those who are driving or not interested in alcohol.
The story telling, singing and dancing were all very good. It is always interesting to see the variations of island song and dance from the South Pacific. I think I like the Tahitian the best! With it being the holidays, we were treated to an extra-special Christmas performance (approximately 15 minutes) on top of their normal show.
The price of your admission includes a comfortable tour bus pick-up and travel from Waikiki. With the 1-hour drive to the luau location, we strongly encourage you to avoid the temptation to drive. Besides, after a couple of the complimentary mai tai's, do you really think you should be driving? (By the way, the Polynesian Cultural Center's luau is alcohol-free!) NOTE: There is a 25%-off coupon in the 2007 Entertainment Book, which is good for up to four admissions. Reservations by phone are required, (808) 949-6626.