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The resurrected, historic Palace Theater is Hilo's cultural crown jewel...
Big Islanders come from far and wide to see musicians such as Badi Assad and Hugh Masekela, plus top-flight drama (eg Elton John's Aida ) and dance (the Paul Taylor Dance Company) at this theater...
In the afternoon, sidle up to Uncle's Awa Bar, where you can try kava (native plant used to make an intoxicating drink), listen to live music and rub elbows with locals...
Smack on the strip overlooking Kailua Bay, Humpy's would probably survive in touristy Kailua-Kona even if it didn't have over three dozen beers on tap...
Right on the water, with a thatched-roof bar and live music nightly, Huggo's is an ideal sunset spot. Whether it's worth staying longer depends on who's playing and who shows up...
Poor spelling aside, Kailua-Kona's only bowling alley makes a rainy day or dull night fun. Arcade games, a full bar and diner food feature...
The Sheraton luau (another Island Breeze production) is a fiery hero narrative weaving together several Polynesian tales and themes...
For pure kitsch, nothing beats the shameless lounge-lizard fantasy of Don's in the Royal Kona Resort. Behold the killer ocean views with one of 10 different mai tais...
If you're curious about kava (ʻawa in Hawaiian), try a cup at this minimalist bar. Friendly bar staff serve freshly brewed, locally grown kava root in coconut shells. Get ready for tingling tastebuds and a calm buzz.
This luau spins a thread of storytelling to highlight slightly modernized versions of Polynesian and Hawaiian dance and music; it's notable for its above-average Polynesian dinner buffet and an open bar.
Outdoor luau show features standard entertainment (thrilling fire dance, group hula) and gorgeous beach setting. Buffet is generous and above average; drinks are stiff but exorbitant at $15 each.
Chill out at the wraparound bar with a drink in hand and waves crashing. The scene and crowd are sedate and mature. Live Hawaiian music sets the tone from 6:30pm to 9:30pm Friday and Saturday.
The 'Legends of the Pacific' luau show features various South Pacific dances and includes a dinner buffet and one cocktail. Note that seniors (65 and over) and teens (13 to 18) pay $89.
Awesome bar menu (served till 9pm) ranges from roast chicken and Hamakua-mushroom pizza to Keahole lobster tail. Or just unwind with premium wines, cocktails and liqueurs.
This historical theater hosts all kinds of music, from Big Island Elvis to visiting jam bands. On Sunday, a small farmers market (8am-1pm) is held in the parking lot.
This poolside luau is the typical commercial show with Hawaiian-style dinner buffet, open bar and Polynesian dances. The setting by ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay is a plus.
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