It’s often said that Las Vegas is the ninth Hawaiian island, so it makes perfect sense that the Vegas-style show, Rock-a-Hula, has become so popular here in Hawaii.
I was recently invited to enjoy the Green Room Package at Rock-a-Hula because I work for Hawaii Aloha Travel. As a guest of Rock-a-Hula, I brought my camera and discerning blogger’s eyes so that I could give you my honest opinions.
Rock-a-Hula is a show located right in the heart of Waikiki that mixes the spirit of Aloha with the sparkle of Las Vegas. The show was revamped this past April, but it has been in Hawaii for over six years. The new show portrays a “Hawaiian Journey” from the 1920s to today through a mixture of Hawaiian acts and performances by tribute artists. It’s Vegas meets Hawaii!
Getting there and parking
While parking in Waikiki can be difficult, it was very easy to park. Rock-a-Hula is located in the Royal Hawaiian Theater inside the Royal Hawaiian Center. So, all you have to do is go to the Royal Hawaiian Center’s parking garage (not the parking garage for the Royal Hawaiian hotel – there is a difference!). Rock-a-Hula will validate your parking, so you will receive a discounted rate.
Green Room Package
There are many different packages depending on what you are looking for and what your budget allows. Some offer the VIP treatment with backstage tours, others offer a buffet, and others just guarantee you entry to the show.
I experienced the Green Rook Package, so, as soon as I got there, we went into the Green Room for champagne and appetizers and to meet the Katy Perry Tribute artist, who happily posed for pictures. Katy Perry fans will love this part of the evening!
Rock-a-Hula’s Green Room was inspired by Elvis Presley’s Green Room, which he modeled after his time in Hawaii.
From there, we went on the back stage tour. I loved seeing all of the costumes, dressing rooms, and props. We got to stand on the stage and hear about all of the insider things that make the show happen.
And then, we even got to go on stage!
After the tour, we sat down for dinner. The dinner was probably my favorite part of the entire experience. For our appetizer, we had lobster with rainbow salad, and our dinner was Tenderloin of Beef and Wild Alaskan Salmon with Sautéed Fresh Market Vegetables and Black Truffle Mashed Potatoes. For dessert, we had pineapple ice cream with macadamia nut crumble and toasted coconut.
If you like Vegas-style shows, you will love Rock-a-Hula. If you are looking for more of a traditional luau snow, this isn’t it. But I liked this show a lot because it combined traditional Hawaiian dances with modern-day favorites. Everyone could clap and sing along to old – and new – favorites.
The new Rock-A-Hula show whisks guests away on a distinctly “Hawaiian Journey” starting from Hawaii’s Boat Days era with tribute artists including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Katy Perry.The show incorporates a variety of Hawaiian elements, including hula dancing, Hawaiian music, and Hawaiian and Tahitian dance.
The show incorporates a variety of Hawaiian elements, including hula dancing, Hawaiian music, and Hawaiian and Tahitian dance.
After the show, the tribute artists came out and posed for pictures with fans.
Other Packages at Rock-a-Hula
At $185, the Green Room package might not be for everyone. Luckily, there are a number of different packages for every budget.
For those who just want to see the show, you can buy tickets to see the show for $69 or $41 for children.
If you like dinner with your show, you might consider the Luau Package. And, for a limited time, from July 1 through September 30, 2017, kids ages 3 to 11 will be able to attend the Luau Buffet & Show package for free, with each paying adult. If you choose this package, your evening will begin with dinner with under the stars at Rock-A-Hula’s buffet. This buffet will feature a carving station with whole roasted luau pig and beef along with other local favorites. After dinner, you will enjoy the snow After the show, you will have the opportunity to meet with the tribute artists. The Rock-A-Hula Luau package is $109 for adults and free for children ages 3-11
The Rock-A-Hula Luau package is $109 for adults and free for children ages 3-11 with each paid adult. Additional children are $66 each.
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