When visiting Hawaii many people put attending a luau on the top of their list. If you are looking for a luau second to none High Chief Sielu Ava and his warriors put on an unforgettable show called Fia Fia at Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club where everyone is invited to be part of Chief’s Ohana.
Your evening begins with the entrance to a great lawn filled with the aroma of pig roasting in an umu and the sounds of the islands coming from Chief and his warriors. There you will take a souvenir photo and find local Polynesian vendors offering various items from jewelry to baskets to hand carved statues.
After walking the lawn and perhaps enjoying a mai tai the warriors present the pig from the umu. You will then learn about the dinning culture of Samoa, one of the many Polynesian Islands you will experience throughout the evening.
Next, you will be invited to enjoy a buffet style meal with local Hawaiian favorites including fresh Pacific catch, pulled pork, fresh island green salad, and many other options that will tantalize your pallet.
As you begin to enjoy dessert the tiki torches are lit and the dancers grace the stage. One of the many islands you’ll experience in the evening is New Zealand where the beautiful dancers perform the maori poi and the men perform the world renowned haka.
The journey continues to Hawaii where dancers perform in traditional grass skirts made of palms with rhythm sticks constructed from bamboo. Also while experiencing Hawaii you will be dazzled by the 2016 Miss Aloha Hula, Kayli Kaiulani Carr, dancing to Blue Hawaii performed by recording artist Sinipao Roberts.
If that hasn’t already moved you then be prepared to move with the ladies of Tahiti. Their rapid hip movements and colorful ensembles have even the most novice dancers out of their seats trying to replicate their rhythmic motions. Not to be out done, of course, by the men of Tahiti as the fierce warriors battle on stage for your delight.
Further more, you will conclude your tour of the islands at the home of the Chief on the island of Samoa. There you will experience slap dancing before you are mesmerized with the art of fire knife. The men twirl and spin to the amazement of crowd before Mikaele Oloa Five Time World Champion Fire Knife entrances you with pivots and luminosity only made possible by a champion of his status.
At the end of the evening you will feel immersed in love and aloha and as though you are truly part of Chief Seilu’s Ohana.
-Written by Sarah (Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club)