Disney's Aulani hotel-resort in Oahu plans to launch a luau for guests with a different spin. It promises to be a specifically Hawaiian (not Polynesian) experience when shows begin Nov. 2.
The show's name, "Ka Waa," means "canoe" in English, a vessel that links ancient visitors to Hawaii with the modern era.
The evening's storytelling that comes with the feast will focus on Native Hawaiians' ancestors who sailed from the South Pacific centuries ago to settle the plains surrounding the oceanfront resort near Ko Olina.
Those cultural stories will be shared with what a spokesman described as "Disney's touch of magic." Dancers will perform the old-style ("kahiko") and modern ("auana") forms of hula during the luau too.
The luau will be held Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 5 p.m., with pre-show activities such as traditional flower arranging and taro pounding.
The buffet feast will include a carving station featuring suckling pig and prime rib as well as fresh local seafood. Given this is a Disney production, plenty of kid-friendly food will also be available.
General admission is $119 for adults and $79 for children ages 3 to 9. VIP seating costs $159 for grown-ups and $109 for kids.
You can make reservations by calling (808) 674-6850 between noon and 8 p.m. local time. You'll need to provide your room reservation number because the luau is open only to resort guests.
The resort at Ko Olina is about 20 miles west of Honolulu International Airport.
Info: Ka Waa at the Aulani, (808) 674-6850