The story of Haleo – the Voice of Life, celebrates the history of the ahupuaa (land division) called Keauhou. A journey through an extraordinary time in Hawaiian history highlights the birth at Keauhou Bay of Kauikeauoli who became Kamehameha III, surfing stories of Heeia Bay, the battle of Kuamoo and how Kamehameha III bridged the gap of many ancient traditions as he brought the people of his kingdom into a new era.
Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted with beautiful kukui nut leis, offered refreshing mai tais, and shown to our table right in front of the stage. We were fortunate to have a fantastic view of the production and had the pleasure of experiencing the pre-show activities including meeting the entertainers and learning about the stories of all the Polynesian cousins. Arts and crafts including lauhala weaving, coconut husking, and tattoo art were also offered.
With live Hawaiian music adding to the magical atmosphere, we then savored a dinner buffet of traditional Hawaiian foods and contemporary favorites prepared by skilled chefs at the Sheraton. A complete open-bar was also provided throughout the duration of the evening, along with multiple non-alcoholic beverages to choose from.
The delectable dishes included Fern Shoot Salad, Ahi Tuna Poke, Lomi Lomi Salmon (raw salmon salad with tomatoes and onions), tender Teriyaki New York Strip Sirloin beef, creamy Purple Sweet Potato Salad, fresh Mahi Mahi fish, Poi (taro), and juicy pulled Kalua Pork, just to name a few. We saved just enough room to enjoy the decadent dessert spread which included delicious Haupia (coconut pudding), Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and a super moist Kona Coffee Chocolate Cake.
We have previously attended a few Polynesian luaus over the years: One on Oahu, another in Fiji, and a third Maori production in Rotorua, New Zealand. Compared to the aforementioned shows, Haleo was equally as entertaining and was a very well executed production. From the talented dancers and skilled musicians to the delicious feast fit for royalty – everything aspect of this luau was superb. If only the rain let up, we would have been able to experience the spectacular show underneath the stars! [Haleo is usually held on the grounds of the immaculately manicured grounds of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay. However, on this particular evening it was raining, so Haleo was inevitably moved indoors to the Sheraton’s Convention Center.]
Haleo — a must-see during your trip to the Big Island — happens every Monday evening at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa. For Haleo reservations, call 808-326-4969, email Island Breeze Productions or visit Haleo’s official website for further information.