The Big Island has two major cities that attract tourists, Hilo and Kona. Most of the Big Island Nightlife is located in Kona. Hilo is a quiet town with a few local bars and various types of restaurants and that is about it. Kona offers numerous night time activities such as shows, cocktail and dinner cruises, night fishing, night snorkeling and Luaus.
Here is a short description of some of the big island nightlife in Kona:
LUAUS AND DINNER CRUISES AND MANTA RAY SNORKEL
1. The gathering of the kings Luau
The gathering of the kings luau is Hawaii's newest theatrical luau production, the "Gathering of the Kings," is a fusion of both traditional and modern dance choreography, retelling the amazing story of the settlement of the Pacific. This is more of a show with dinner included than it is a luau. It is a really great show.
The Luau Menu Includes:
Taro Chips with Tropical Salsa, Mix Field Green Salad, Marinated Mushroom Salad, Green Papaya Salad, Tropical Fruit Salad, Lomi-Lomi Salmon, Hawaiian Style Ahi Poke and Fresh Traditional Kauai Poi
Seafood Lu'au with a Seafood Medley, Roasted Taro and a Coconut Cream Sauce, Kalua Pork and Cabbage, Macadamia Nut Crusted Catch of the Day, Papaya Ginger Roasted Chicken, Baked Purple and Gold Sweet Potato Glazed in a Cilantro Ginger Lime Rum Sauce, Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy and Furikake Jasmine Rice
Hawaiian Honey Cake, Warm Hawaiian Chocolate Pudding, Tahitian Vanilla Decadence Cake, Crème Caramel with Sweet Potato and Lilikoi Cheesecake
Chicken Fingers and Macaroni & Cheese
You can read more about it at the link below.
Gathering of the Kings - CLICK HERE!
2. Haleo Luau
Haleo, literally translated as the “voice of life,” This is another great luau on the big island. Held on the oceanfront of the exquisite Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, this luau brings you back to a time that is remembered and cherished. Spanning from the birth of Kamehameha III, to surfing tales of He’eia Bay, and all the way to the battle of Kuamo’o, performers share the stories of ancient Hawaii utilizing unique language, culture, music and dance. “Keauhou,” translated into English, means “new era,” and this is exactly what you will experience with wonder and absolute admiration. This show has great local performers that you will have a chance to meet and talk to after dinner and before the show. For more information on this big island nightlife luau/show, see the link below.
Haleo Luau - CLICK HERE!
3. Royal Kona Luau
The Royal Kona Resort, in coordination with Tahiti Productions, presents 'Lava - Legends & Legacies,' an Island-style celebration of the best dining and entertainment that Hawaii has to offer! This is another great Luau in a really nice resort. The Grand finally of the show is the Samoan fire dancer. He is really incredible.
The Luau Menu:
Assortment of Salads, Poi, Lomi Lomi Slamon, Taro & Guava Bread
Kalua Pig, Kalua Turkey, Fresh Island Fish, Island Chicken w/ Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes, Fried Rice, Corn
Coconut Cream Cake, Chocolate Cake, Haupia (Hawaiian pudding)
Beer, Wine, Coffee & Tea, Soda, Fruit Punch, Mai Tai's, and standard cocktails
To read more about this big island attraction, see the link below
Royal Kona Luau - CLICK HERE!
4. The Island Breeze Luau
The Island Breeze Luau is rated the best luau on the Big Island by visitors, locals and travel writers. The Island Breeze Luau is held under the stars upon the lush, beachfront grounds of Kamehameha the Great's former estate.
This Luau is another really nice luau that also has a Samoan fire knife dancer. To read more about this big island nightlife Luau and it’s great location, see the link below.
Island Breeze Luau - CLICK HERE!
5. Sunset Cocktail and Dinner Cruises
Big island nightlife is not complete without mentioning sunset cruises. There are five or six really nice sunset cruises located in different areas on the big island. I am assured that they are all really nice and depending on your location, you will want to take the one that is closest to your area.
I have not been on any of these cruises on this island, so I will just let you read about each one of them at the link below.
Sunset Cocktail Cruises on the island of Hawai'i - CLICK HERE!
6. Night snorkeling and swimming with the Manta Rays
No the Manta Rays are not a singing group. Your big island nightlife tour begins at night and you will put on your wetsuit and snorkel or swim with the Manta Rays. This is perfectly safe and it is a really nice night time activity. The manta rays have no teeth or stingers. Some of the rays have a “wingspan” of more than 20 feet. You can read more about this adventure below.
Sea Paradise Manta Ray Night Snorkel Tour - CLICK HERE!
BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS
Huggo’s on the rocks is a great casual bar in the heart of Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Definitely idylic of the 'beach' bar atmosphere and setting.
2. Mask-Querade Bar
This "alternative lifestyle" bar in Kona is a popular hangout-although if you don't know what to expect, it might be a little surprising. Whether the customers are gay or straight (and most of them are gay), they tend to be wild, crazy and out to have fun. The service is kindly and sarcastic-a combination often found at such hangout places. Burgers, fries, beers and mixed drinks are served. A dance club atmosphere prevails at night. This is a fun place to discover big island nightlife
3. Kahakai Bar
Kahakai means beach in Hawaiian, and this thatched-roof bar is loads of fun and just steps from The Fairmont Orchid's beautiful white sand beach. Order at the bar, or from a server who will bring drinks and pupus to your cabana.
4. Kona Brewing Company
The kona Brewing Company is located in Kailua-Kona. Hawaii's largest craft brewery is an oasis of tasty craft beers and gourmet food! Within the lineup of a dozen handcrafted ales and lagers are several with a tropical twist. For example, Wailua Wheat Ale is made with passion fruit and Pipeline Porter is brewed with 100% Kona coffee.
5. Don’s Mai Tai Bar
Don's Mai Tai Bar, located in the Royal Kona Resort, is a lovely waterfront lounge, open and airy, literally at the water's edge. Get there early if you want to get a table at the water (and for best unobstructed views). Drinks here are great, well prepared and served with a smile and the offered bar food on the menu is of a good standard and quality.
6. Mixx Bistro Bar
Next to the King Kamehameha Hotel stands Mixx Bistro Bar, entertaining with live music every night. A full bar lit up with white lights and palm trees adds to the lively ambiance of the place. For those on the move, check out W salsa dancing. Big patio serving drinks ($4-7) Open noon-late.
1. The Kona Pier
The Kona Pier is a great place to hang out day or night. It is fun to just watch the sunset and then watch the people. There are lots of shops along the pier. This is a great place to just spend a free evening. Like I said before, most of the big island nightlife is right in the middle of downtown Kona.
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