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Royal Hawaiian Band

The Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand is the perfect venue for this time-honored troupe that performs classics from the Hawaiian monarchy era. It’s a quintessential island scene that caps off with the audience joining...

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Fireworks

Every Friday night, the Hilton Hawaiian Village stages a booming 10-minute fireworks show. Although it's done in conjunction with a touristy luau (Hawaiian feast) near one of the pools, the actual show is over...

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Kuhio Beach Torchlighting & Hula Show

Kuhio Beach Torchlighting & Hula Show

It all begins at the Duke Kahanamoku statue with the sounding of a conch shell and the lighting of torches after sunset. At the nearby hula mound, enjoy a truly authentic Hawaiian music and dance show. This is no...

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Tapa Bar

It’s worth navigating through the gargantuan Hilton resort complex to this Polynesian-themed open-air bar just to see some of the best traditional and contemporary Hawaiian groups performing on Oʻahu today. Head...

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House Without a Key

Named after a 1925 Charlie Chan novel set in Honolulu, this genteel open-air hotel lounge sprawls beneath a waterfront century-old kiawe tree (that's clearly barely hanging on as the sea level rises). A genteel...

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Beach Bar

Inside this historic beachfront hotel bar, soak up the sounds of classical and contemporary Hawaiian musicians playing underneath the old banyan tree where the Hawaii Calls radio program was broadcast nationwide...

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Kani Ka Pila Grille

Once happy hour ends, the Outrigger’s poolside bar sets the scene for some of the most laid-back live-music shows of any of Waikiki’s beachfront hotels, with traditional and contemporary Hawaiian musicians...

Luau in Waikiki

ʻAha ʻAina

This oceanfront dinner show is like a three-act musical play narrating the history of Hawaiian mele (songs) and hula. The buffet features good renditions of traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian fare, and unlimited...

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Waikiki Shell

With Diamond Head as a backdrop, this outdoor amphitheater in Kapiʻolani Regional Park sporadically stages hula troupes and twilight shows by megastars such as ukulele-playin’ rocker Jake Shimabukuro. Other...

Luau in Waikiki

Waikiki Starlight Luau

Enthusiastic pan-Polynesian show, with buffet meal, outdoor seating at a rooftop venue, Samoan fire dancing and hapa haole (literally, ‘half foreign’) hula. Like other resort luaus, there are pricey options that...

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Moana Terrace

If you’re in a mellow mood, come for sunset happy-hour drinks at this family-friendly, poolside bar, just a lei’s throw from Kuhio Beach. Slack key guitarists, ukulele players and haʻi falsetto singers perform...

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Royal Grove

This shopping mall’s open-air stage may lack oceanfront views, but Hawaiian music and hula performances by top island talent happen here most evenings. Watch for various traditional music special events.

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Blue Note Hawaii

A sophisticated music venue that draws top acts performing blues, jazz, pop, rock, reggae and Hawaiian. There's a dinner option that includes banquet fare (mains $25 to $34).

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Mai Tai Bar

At the Royal Hawaiian’s beach bar, you can catch some great acoustic island music acts and graceful solo hula dancers some nights. However, the namesake cocktail here is mediocre at best and the experience seems...