Ultimate Guide Waikiki Luau at Rock-A-Hula Cabana Tips and Discounts

September 1, 2022

Sand in your toes and saltwater in your hair, is there anything more ideal than an Oahu vacation? Cement your time in the Aloha State with some live band entertainment, when you are whisked away on a Hawaiian journey with Rock a Hula Luau.

Follow along as we dive into everything you need to know about Rock-a-Hula Luau.

From jaw-dropping Hula Tahitian fire knife dancing to popular anthems of the 1920s and today. The Rock a Hula Luau is a can’t-miss spectacular.

Let the dulcet Rock-a-Hula chords of Elvis, Madonna, and more charm you as you chow down on Hawaiian delicacies and sip on an ice-cold mai tai. 

Take a break from surfing, swimming, and exploring Pearl Harbor, when you spend an enchanted evening at the Waikiki Luau at Rock-A-Hula Cabana!

About the Rock a Hula Waikiki Luau

Never been to a Luau before? The Rock a Hula Luau Buffet and Show is an immersive theatrical performance that combines Hawaiian music, popular pop ballads, hula, and fire knife dancing.

Hosted at the Royal Hawaiian Theater, this 75-minute journey will take you through the biggest hits of yesteryear and today. Jam out to chart toppers from legends like Michael Jackson, Elton John, and Madonna.

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Named after the hit Rock-a-Hula Baby song by Elvis, the Rock Luau seamlessly combines Hawaiian history and culture with original performances. Witness a magical amalgam of computerized projections, real concert footage, and live singing and dancing.

Revel in the flashy costumes, elaborate staging, and rousing Hawaiian chants. Be sure to warm up your own vocal cords, as you’ll want to participate in the heartwarming audience-led singing of the beloved Hawaiian anthem, Aloha ‘Oe. 

photo credit: Rock-A-Hula Hawaii via Facebook

Rock a Hula Show Honolulu Luau Buffet

Wondering what’s for dinner at the Royal Hawaiian Center? While you can always opt to simply take in the show, it would be a true island crime not to enjoy a traditional luau buffet. Bring your appetite, as you’ll want to eat your fill of teriyaki glazed chicken, passion fruit roasted uala sweet potatoes, and freshly baked taro rolls.

Plant-based eaters need not worry; they can opt for mains such as the Limu Tofu Poke or the Grilled Vegan Garden Patty.* Enjoy plenty of Aloha favorites such as Macadamia Crusted Fish and homemade Lomi Lomi Salmon before moving on to dessert.

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Savor mouthfuls of Chocolate Dobash Cake and Coconut Haupia; all washed down with as much Kona Blend Coffee and teas as you desire. Depending on which Rock a Hula ticket you purchase, you will be eligible for 1 or 2 premium drink cocktails. 

*Please allow 24 hours notice for the Grilled Vegan Garden Patty option.

photo credit: Rock-A-Hula Hawaii via Facebook

Oahu Hotels and Resorts

Between surfing the North Shore or catching glimpses of mating humpbacks, chances are you’ll want to spend more than just a night in Oahu. Ready to immerse yourself in island life?

Get going with your fabulous Oahu activities by spending a week or more in this jungle paradise. Whether you are craving a stay at the famous Waikiki beach, or more modern and minimalist lodgings in downtown Honolulu, we have a wide range of Oahu Hotels and Resorts to choose from.

Book your exotic beach reprieve with peace of mind, knowing you are always guaranteed our lowest rates.

Entrance sign for Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort - Oahu, Hawaii, USARock a Hula Show Discount Tickets

Ready to get down with the King, Lady Gaga, and Madonna? Ensure your evening is as seamless as can be when you pre-purchase your tickets to the award-winning Rock a Hula show.

This one-of-a-kind showcase is one of the top Oahu attractions, so we highly suggest reserving your tickets ahead of time. Whether you are angling to meet the performers backstage. Or want to enjoy a mouthwatering luau dinner in the outdoor cabana, we offer a variety of ticket options:

Rockin' Show (7:15 pm Check-in)

Only here for the music and merriment? Savor every song and breathtaking melody when you come for the Rockin’ Show. This general admission ticket allows access to both the Gallery Old Hawaii and Gallery Memorabilia, as well as a seat in the mezzanine.

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Enjoy over an hour's worth of hula and show-stopping musical numbers. Then, post-show, head backstage and snap selfie after selfie when you meet and greet with the talented cast. 

photo credit: Rock-A-Hula Hawaii via Facebook

Luau Buffet & Show (5:45 pm Check-in)

Want the full island experience? Opt for the Luau Buffet & Show ticket and load up on delectable Hawaiian dishes and Vegas-level entertainment. This tier ticket includes a warm Luau welcome, a full upscale buffet dinner served in the outdoor cabana, and a refreshing E Komo Mai Tai upon arrival.

Take advantage of the bounty of local cuisine. As you munch away on roasted whole sucking pig, island-style macaroni potato salad, and crispy fried rice. After rocking around the clock, don’t depart the theater just yet, as you’ll want to pose for pictures and grab autographs with the show’s cast. 

Stageside VIP (5:45pm Check-in)

Looking to inject a little luxury into your Oahu escape? Embrace life as an A-lister when you spring for exclusive Stageside VIP tickets. In addition to full access to the Luau Buffet and show, this level of pass affords you preferred seats, two premium beverages, and a fresh orchid lei. 

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*Rock a Hula knows that vacation plans can change! Thus, cancellations or changes for parties under ten may be made up to 24 hours prior to your Luau check-in time, free of charge. 

Rock-a-Hula Luau Vacation Package

White sugar sand beaches, fruity shaved ice, and hanging ten at the North Shore. Oahu is simply overflowing with natural beauty and premier attractions. Make the most of your time in paradise when you extend your Aloha stay.

Save valuable dollars when you bundle your Rock a Hula Luau tickets with a Legends in Concert Waikiki Vacation Package. Revel in savings of up to 39% off when you combine the thrill of a live Luau with Oahu’s top accommodations.

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photo credit: Rock-A-Hula Hawaii via Facebook

Rock a Hula Luau Discounts

Squeeze even more out of your Hawaiian getaway when you take advantage of some sizzling Rock a Hula Luau discounts. From local appreciation to special holiday events, save big when you utilize the following offers:

Rock a Hula Luau Military Discounts

With Pearl Harbor so close by, it’s no wonder Hawaii takes special pride in honoring the U.S. Military. These brave men and women sacrifice so much for our country.

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It is Rock a Hula’s pleasure to provide special rates for guests with a valid Military or local Hawaii I.D.

Rock a Hula Luau AAA Discounts

While careful car drivers keep the roads safe for all of us, at this time Rock a Hula Luau is not delivering any discounts to AAA members. 

Rock a Hula Luau Group Discounts

Ready to gather up a full house to Rock a Hula together? Rock a Hula Luau makes an awesome church group, family reunion, or corporate retreat activity. However, at this time, no group discounts are being offered. 

photo credit: Rock-A-Hula Hawaii via Facebook

Oahu Attractions 

Magical underwater kingdoms teeming with tropical fish, scenic horseback rides, and luscious luau dinners. Oahu attractions run the gamut, and it would be a true island crime not to test out every attraction and activity in the Gathering Place:

Gunstock Ranch Horseback Rides

Howdy there, cowboy! Make believe you are the star of your very own island western when you saddle up for the ride of your life. Whether you're an expert equestrian or more comfortable on a pint-sized pony, Gunstock Ranch Horseback rides are ideal for all skill levels.

Witness the majesty of Oahu’s scenery as you explore the North Shore atop your noble steed. Appreciate the vibrant flora and fauna as you spot wild pigs and trot through rugged mountain trails. Choose from romantic sunset rides, family-friendly pony tours, and more. 

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Hawaii Glass Bottom Boat Cruise

Yearning for an aquatic adventure sans getting soaked? Spend an hour aboard a Hawaii Glass Bottom Boat Cruise and see all of the ocean's captivating creatures.

Sprawl out on a  comfortable 50 ft catamaran as you take in scenic Diamond Head vistas, sea turtles, eels, tropical fish, and more. Those lucky enough to sail during whale watching season might even spot these massive mammals breaching and breeding.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Hawaii Glass Bottom Boats and discover how to score discount tickets and deals!

photo credit: Hawaii Glass Bottom Boat via Facebook

Rock a Hula Tips

Make the most of your Rock a Hula experience when you come prepared! Be sure to bring along the following to enjoy the most heavenly hula experience possible:

  • Light sweater or jacket for the air-conditioned theater
  • Valid photo ID
  • Cash for tips and/or purchase of additional beverages
  • Camera and/or phone for selfies with the cast
  • Stroller if required

Check out our Ultimate Hawaii Packing List to ensure nothing gets left behind!

Rock a Hula Luau Reviews

Can’t wait to show off your hula or get down like a hound dog? Before you pull the trigger on your star-studded Luau experience, check out some real reviews from travelers just like you here

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Volcano treks, snorkeling adventures, and awe-inspiring aerial views. From helicopter tours to U.S. Battleships, Oahu is overflowing with awesome entertainment.

Feed your soul and your stomach after a long day of outdoor activity when you book a Rock a Hula escape.

Devour suckling pig, macadamia nut-crusted fish, and more as you sway to the dulcet tunes of the King and the Rocket Man.

Soak in the Hawaiian people's colorful stories, heritage, and culture as you sip refreshing pina Coladas, and sing along to pop favorites. 

So, what are you waiting for? Say ‘aloha’ to this island rock spectacular today!

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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