SOURCE: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

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March 25, 2011 14:25 ET

The New Sunset Family Luau Dinner and Show at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Lets the Keiki Take Center Stage

Hawaii Island Resort Unveils New Saturday Luau With Children's Activities

WAIKOLOA, HI--(Marketwire - March 25, 2011) - The new Sunset Family Luau show at the oceanfront Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (www.waikoloamarriott.com) on Hawaii Island will let keiki (children) perform a lively hula on stage!

Entertaining for the entire family, it will be held every Saturday at sunset beginning March 12th at the resort's Waikoloa Luau Grounds. Dancers will teach an authentic hula dance to the children so they can perform the opening act on stage and take a bow. In addition, kids will enjoy hands-on cultural activities such as pu (conch shell) blowing, 'ulu maika (stone bowling) and coconut husking before the show begins.

"In anticipation of the traditional peak family travel season in the Spring and Summer we're adding a family-themed luau to the resort's offerings here at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa," said Bill Countryman, General Manager of the Big Island oceanfront resort. "While our current Sunday and Wednesday Royal Luau is a great experience for all our guests, the new Saturday Sunset Family Luau will cater to the 'ohana (family) and the keiki." 

The Sunset Family Luau includes:

  • Aloha welcome with picture-taking and "Red Gecko Punch" -- a refreshing beverage
  • Keiki hula lessons to prepare for the opening performance
  • Educational cultural tour of the ancient Hawaiian fishponds that front the resort and surrounding areas
  • Pu (conch shell) blowing contest
  • Talk story with Hawaiian entertainers
  • Hawaiian crafts and games including 'ulu maika (bowling with a round stone through wood pegs), coconut husking and Polynesian tattoos
  • Traditional ceremony to unearth the imu (underground oven) to reveal the Kalua Pig that will be enjoyed during dinner
  • Special keiki dinner buffet
  • Lively Polynesian music and dance performances culminating with the spellbinding Samoan fire knife dance!

General seating prices are $98 for adults and $50 for keiki six to 12 years old. Keiki five years old and under will attend for free. For kama'aina with valid Hawaii ID, the price is $75 for adults. Taxes excluded.

Premier seating includes preferred first row seating, lei greeting and Hawaiian pupu (appetizer). Premier seating prices are $123 for adults, $75 for keiki six to 12 years old, and $25 for keiki five years old and under if requiring a seat. Taxes excluded.

For more information or to make reservations at this Big Island hotel, contact them at (808) 886-6789.

About Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Hawaii's Big Island is located on 15 oceanfront acres overlooking 'Anaeho'omalu Bay and just 18 miles north of the Kona International Airport at Keahole. Offering 555 contemporary guest rooms, suites and cabanas with private lanai and spectacular views, 5,750 square-foot world-renowned Mandara Spa and a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment from cardio to free weights, Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge with an outdoor lanai for ocean view dining, three pools including the Infinity pool with lava pots, nearby Waikoloa Golf Club offering 36 holes of championship golf and shops, restaurants and boutiques at The Kings' Shops and the newly-opened Queens' MarketPlace. For more information on this hotel near Hapuna Beach State Park or to make reservations, please visit www.waikoloamarriott.com or call toll-free at 800 922-5533 or the hotel at 808 886-6789.

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