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Kailua-Kona Restaurant Offers Authentic Dining Experiences

September 23, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

As a major vacation destination, Hawaii offers visitors endless opportunities and experiences, but how’s one to know what’s authentic and what’s merely made for tourists?

Guests can experience authentic Polynesian cuisine and live performances at our Kona beach hotel restaurant

Guests can experience authentic Polynesian cuisine and live performances at our Kona beach hotel restaurant

At the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, guests can be sure they’re getting an authentic Hawaiian experience when it comes to dining and entertainment at its restaurants in Kona, Hawaii.

At the award-winning Island Breeze Luau at this Kona beachfront hotel, guests get the chance to experience authentic Polynesian cuisine and live performances that honor Hawaii’s history. The luau recently introduced its newest production, We Are ‘Ohana. ‘Ohana, which literally means “the offshoots,” refers to the new shoots on the precious kalo (taro) plant and represents the idea that humans are offshoots, forever connected to each other by a common root. Stories and cultural practices were passed down within families, and this performance honors that.

We Are ‘Ohana begins with the arrival of the Royal Court by outrigger canoe. Guests can interact with performers during preliminary arts and crafts activities before meeting some of Hawaii’s Polynesian cousins from Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa. Stories are told through song and dance, offering a look at Hawaii’s rich history and beauty.

Of course it wouldn’t be a luau without great food, and a lavish buffet with open bar features kalua pork from the hotel’s on-site imu, fresh local fish, grilled beef and favorites such as haupia and the hotel’s famous banana bread.

While the luau is a must-do for any first-timer, some may want a more contemporary dining experience. This Kona hotel’s Honu’s on the Beach Restaurant offers indoor and outdoor, beachside dining in a space that offers a sprawling lanai with fire pits and views of the beach. Its newest offering pairs live Hawaiian and jazz music with sushi on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30pm.

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