Hilton Hawaiian Village Launches Waikiki Starlight Luau

Resort teams up with Tihati Productions to bring excitement to Waikiki five nights a week

This information originated in American English.

February 23, 2009

HONOLULU,Hawaii -  Hilton Hawaiian Village® Beach Resort & Spa has transformed its Waikiki Luau on the Lagoon into an all-new show, bringing a new genre of excitement to Waikiki. The Waikiki Starlight Luau premiered February 23 on the resort's Rooftop Garden, offering dinner shows five nights a week.

The Waikiki Starlight Luau features the beautiful ladies and gentlemen of Tihati Productions in a creative new show concept-a stage in the round-where every seat promises a great view. Guests are taken on an exhilarating voyage across the South Seas in a celebration of Polynesian music and dance. From the mesmerizing Otea of Tahiti to the graceful Hawaiian hula to the rhythmic Maori dances of New Zealand, the show embraces the audience from its start to its exciting climax, an unprecedented four-man Samoan fire-knife dance.

Complementing the show concept is a sumptuous dinner buffet featuring a modern twist on traditional luau fare. The culinary team of Hilton Hawaiian Village has taken the islands' freshest ingredients and crafted them into such selections as steamed banana leaf-wrapped island fish; Thai lemongrass marinated huli huli chicken; rotisserie sirloin of beef with a rosemary and guava barbecue sauce; Hawaiian paella with Portuguese sausage, island fish and shellfish; Waimanalo Farms island greens; Pacific rice noodle salad; Molokai herb-roasted sweet potatoes, just to name a few. Traditional luau favorites include roast suckling pork with Hawaiian alae red clay sea salt; lomi lomi salmon; poi; ahi tuna poke and sweet taro rolls. The generous dessert bar features coconut haupia custard cake; pineapple upside down cake; passion fruit and mango tart and guava chiffon cake.

A stunning 2,475-square-foot mural of the Ko`olau mountains presides over the entry to the open-air Rooftop Garden where guests are welcomed to the Waikiki Starlight Luau with a shell lei and mai tai punch. During pre-show festivities, Hawaiian artisans demonstrate their work on tables surrounding the terrace that overlooks picturesque views of the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon and the azure Pacific beyond. Interactive activities include group hula lessons, Polynesian tatau (tattoo station) and Polynesian implement demonstrations.

The Waikiki Starlight Luau is offered Sunday through Thursday with tickets priced at $95, plus tax and gratuity for adults and $47.50 for children between the ages of 4 and 11. Golden Circle seating closest to the stage is an additional $4 per ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the hotel at (808) 941-LUAU (941-5828). Specially-priced validated parking is available at the resort.

In conjunction with the new luau, Hilton Hawaiian Village has launched a room package that includes two tickets to the new luau and the 7th night free. Rates start at just $199 per night, plus tax. The package can be booked by calling 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and asking for rate code "P7." The package is based on availability and is valid for stays from now through December 20, 2009.

Tihati Productions is the largest and longest-running entertainment company in the State of Hawaii. It started in 1969 by Jack and Cha Thompson with a cast of six, and today it features 12 major productions across the islands. Tihati prides itself in authentic Polynesian entertainment and currently employs more than 1,000 musicians, singers, dancers and choreographers from every Polynesian island group.

To access downloadable images from the Waikiki Starlight Luau, click on the following link: http://www.hiltonfamilyhawaii.com/press-room-images.aspx

About the Village
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa is Waikiki's only self-contained destination resort. A vacationer, business traveler or conventioneer finds everything necessary for a visit to paradise, yet also is within walking distance of everything Waikiki offers. The resort spans 22 acres, offering the widest stretch of beach on Waikiki, a beachfront lagoon, waterfalls, six pools, gardens, an exquisite art collection and exotic wildlife, as well as nightly entertainment including the King's Jubilee every Friday, a Hawaiian music and dance celebration that ends with a brilliant fireworks display on the beach. In addition, the Village also boasts more than 90 shops, 20 restaurants and lounges, and the independently owned and operated Mandara Spa.



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