The Show

Experience an extraordinary journey of Waikiki through music, dance, and exquisite Island cuisine.

Waikiki’s only oceanfront luau & dinner show - ‘Aha ‘Aina, a Royal Hawaiian Luau – located at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort is a culinary and sensory celebration, commemorating Hawaiian culture and transforming the traditional island experience in grand Royal Hawaiian style.



Long before Waikıki became a bastion of tropical escapism, it was home to a community of extraordinary grace and artistry. ‘Aha ‘Aina is the surprising story of this wondrous culture, told as never before through its music, traditions, and cuisine. This authentic and mesmerizing experience will transport you from Waikiki’s ancient past through the decades since The Royal Hawaiian has reigned over its glittering shore.

The celebration starts from The Royal Hawaiian’s Ocean Lawn, with the breathtaking backdrop of Waikiki Beach and picturesque Diamond Head, ‘Aha‘aina is composed of three spectacular acts.

As guests enter the sacred grounds, the evening captures the spirit of traditional Hawaii with time-honored activities such as kapa-making (cloth made of pounded bark), poi-pounding, and na lawai’a (tending of fishing tools). The night continues with the sound of a pu (conch), calling guests to feast on the authentic flavors of the different cultures that came to Hawaii as immigrant workers in the plantation industry.
Guests experience each culinary exploration station while a storyteller shares the history of the native cuisine, the significance of lei giving, and the tale of Helumoa. After dinner, the Helumoa story unfolds—a dramatic performance, including hula and song, commemorating ancient islanders’ rich history and culture through a timeline including the opening of the historic Royal Hawaiian to the contemporary style of Hawaiian music and dance.

Dates and Times

Every Monday evening from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Check-in Time: 5:00pm

‘Aha ‘Aina Program

Act I. Welcome to Ancient Waikiki:
5:15pm – 6:00pm

Act II. The Royal Feast:
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Act III. The Helumoa Story Unfolds:
7:00pm – 7:50pm


Adults: $179
Children (5 -12 years): $101
Children Under 5: $20

Premium Seating: $20 additional

Cocktail Seating: $85 includes 2 drinks (beer, wine, cocktail, and non-alcoholic beverages) and luau show.  Seating begins at 7:00pm.

Groups (10 - 24): $159
Groups (25+): Please contact us here.


A Royal dinner, beverages and spectacular entertainment
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For more information and reservations, please click here or contact the Starwood Waikiki Dining Desk by phone at (808) 921-4600 between 8:30AM-7:00PM HST (Mon-Sat), 8:30AM-5:30PM HST (Sun). For groups reservations of 25 guests or more, please use our Contact Form.

The rates quoted above exclude tax. Rates include a 20% service charge, of which 17% is a gratuity for banquet employees. No other fee or charge is a tip, gratuity, or service charge for any employee.