State of Susan

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Aloha! August 21, 2010

Filed under: Children,Entertainment,Family,Luau,San Diego — susanpolizzotto @ 1:28 pm


No, we didn’t go to Hawaii a second time this summer (and my intentions of blogging about Kauai is still in draft state…I just need to find time to finish it!). But…we did attend a luau for the 2nd time this summer! I had never heard about the luau at the Kona Kai Resort till a friend mentioned it to me in July. With my brother-in-law and his wife were coming to San Diego to escape the oven in Phoenix, I thought what a great activity for them to enjoy!

San Diego’s Kona Kai Resort is on Shelter Island, and every Friday during the summer, they hold a traditional luau on the beach behind their hotel. For $42/adult and $19.95 for kids (under 5 free), you get a traditional luau buffet, drinks and a Polynesian dance show (including hula and fire dancers).

I was pleasantly surprised how delicious the food was. Typically you think buffets for the masses have average tasting dishes. The Kona Kai luau did an excellent job of providing an experience in food and entertainment you would find in Hawaii. My favorites – kalua pork and lomi lomi (normally, I don’t like this salmon dish, but this one here was yummy!). They also had beef, chicken and fish entrees to choose from.

As for the entertainment, they start the music and dancing right at the beginning of the evening. My girls love to watch the show, and kids can go to the front of the stage area and watch the dancers up close. They love to “hula” so when the opportunity came for the audience to volunteer themselves, my girls went up with the dancers to shake their hips.

So if you’re looking for something fun to do with the family or group of friends, I highly suggest checking this out as an option for a Friday night. But hurry, the last show for this summer is on September 3rd!

For a more detailed review check out this one from


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