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Legends Waikiki Rock-A-Hula Dinner Show

Started in 2011, Legends in Concert Waikiki revamped their “Rock-A-Hula” show for 2014, creating a new and improved dynamic fusion with an island flair of America’s most popular music icons, “The King of Rock”, Elvis Presley, “The Fame Monster”, Lady Gaga and “The King of Pop”, Michael Jackson. This, paired with a breathtaking Hawaiian theme, complete with Hawaii’s most talented, and might I add very attractive hula and tahitian dancers, top notch live musicians, as well as a venue and production level that rivals any you’ll find in Las Vegas.

Courtesy of Becker Communications, I had the honor of being invited to join a group of VIP guests for the press preview of Legends in Concert Waikiki’s new and improved Rock-A-Hula show, said to be “the largest Hawaiian show in Waikiki”. This took place on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Before continuing, let me explain that the reason this review comes so late, is I had inadvertently misplaced a backup drive that I transferred most of these photos to. Thankfully, better late than never, I found it! Whew!

Legends in Concert Waikiki is located in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center on the 4th floor, occupying the space that was formerly Level4 Nightclub & Ultralounge. The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is Waikiki’s largest shopping center, featuring uber-hip boutique stores such as The Apple Store, this really cool men’s shoe store named Leather Soul, along with popular eateries PF Chang, Cheesecake Factory and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.

The press preview event treated VIP media guests to the “Green Room®” package, which is Legends’ top-tier ticket. At the regular suggested price of $185 per person. In the Green Room, you’ll be greeted with a glass of green “champagne” and Hawaiian pupus while awaiting a visit from a legendary tribute artist. You’ll then be taken on a special backstage tour for a behind-the-scenes look at all the pre-show excitement before it’s time to enjoy the show from the best seats in the house. At your stage side table, indulge in an exquisite 4-course (including the pupus in the Green Room) steak and seafood dinner. Following the show, you’ll take home a souvenir photo and enjoy a meet-and-greet session with the artists.

The Green Room package is broken down into 4 segments:

• 6:00-6:30PM: VIP Access, Green Room Reception including pupus and green champaign and a Backstage Tour
• 6:35-8:00PM: Dinner at Best Private Table in Stageside VIP Area
• 8:00-9:15PM: Show Time for New “Rock-A-Hula!”
• 9:15-9:30PM: Meet-and-Greet with Legends Artists

Green Room “Posh Hawaiian Pupus” include Pineapple Prosciutto Skewers, Fresh Fruit, Big Island Goat Cheese and Poha Jelly Endives and Lomilomi Salmon Cucumber Cups.

The last two photos were provided by Legends, which shows their green room, ironically that I missed, having arrived “Hawaiian Time” about a half-hour after the start time due to being stuck in the office. Anyways, traditionally, the “Green Room” is where the performers lounge before and after being queued on stage.

The venue also features a very cool lounge, serving up exotic Mai Tais and other colorful cocktails befitting the show.

The top-tier Green Room package also includes a tour of the entire venue, walking you on stage and behind the scenes in the production area…

The well-organized placement of Uli Uli implements remind you that this IS partially a Hula show…

As much as it is a Hula show, an Elvis show, a Michael Jackson show, as well as a Lady Gaga show, it’s also my fave’ of all, a Tahitian dancer show!…

Dang, that has me craving some Poisson Cru right about now!

It’s… Its… Its…… It’s Michael Jackson!

As a Green Room guest, after touring backstage and onstage prior to showtime, you’re seated in the VIP area, on the floor, right in front the stage….

So what are the Green Room guests having for dinner? Well, for starters, following about an hour after the pupus in the “Green Room”, we begin dinner with gorgeously presented Maine Lobster Salad…

Maine Lobster with Rainbow Salad of local baby greens, Heart of Palm, yellow beets, Kamuela tomatoes and cucumbers with passion fruit “champagne” dressing

Money!…

My “date” for the evening, Taryn Bohan of Becker Communications, dives into the Maine Lobster… nom nom nom…

Next up for the entree, we have Surf ‘n Turf…


Grilled Tenderloin Steak and Atlantic Salmon with sautéed fresh market vegetables and black truffle mashed potato

Money shot…


Grilled Tenderloin Steak

“Lava Flow” Molten Chocolate Cake dessert…


Lava Flow Dessert of warm molten chocolate cake with macadamia nut ice cream and raspberry sauce

And how was the food? Excellent! Everything was fresh, high quality and seasoned well, and cooked properly. While some reviewers on Yelp and TripAdvisor said theirs was a bit dry, both my and Taryn’s salmon was cooked perfectly. The dressing for that Lobster salad was delish’. My only complaint on that one was that the Lobster was served cold with no drawn butter. It was still delicious, however I’m used to Lobster served hot with butter. That Tenderloin steak was as fantastic as any steakhouse. Awesome. Ditto’ for that “Lava Flow” chocolate cake dessert.

So was it as good for you, as it was for me? OK, good. Now on to the show!

Keep it “G”, Gaga, “G”!!!…

Whoah, talk about INTENSE!…

Whew, I need to smoke a cigarette (and I don’t smoke). Time for some Tahitian!…

Time for the King of Rock, doin’ the Jailhouse Rock…

Elvis through the ages, showing his love for Hawaii…

Believe it or not, this incredible, very handsome and genuine reincarnation of the great Elvis Presley is from of all places, Waipa-HOO!…

Time for more Tahitian, Cheeeee hooooooo!!!…

Shake it!…

Burn it!…

It’s… It’s… It’s… It’s Michael Jackson!…

Smooth Criminal…

Thriller…

Do it!…

Only in Hawaii…

Now you may be looking at these photos of superstar tribute artists and overly “decorated” hula and tahitian dancers, thinking “OMG, that show must be SO CHEESY!”. Yet you’re so wrong on that, as I thought the same thing prior to the “Legends in Concert Waikiki Rock-A-Hula Experience”. And experience it was. An INCREDIBLE experience! Just AWESOME!

I walked out of there with my jaw on the floor, in awe of what I had just witnessed. Imagine taking what almost seems like the actual Elvis, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga, and roll that in a generous coating of some of the best hula and tahitian dancing you’ll ever see by INCREDIBLY attractive dancers, sprinkled with absolutely  onolicious cuisine and a nice glass of Cab’ or two, and you my friends have what could just be the most AMAZING EVENING you’ll ever experience in Hawaii, whether you’re a Kama’aina or visitor. You MUST DO Legends in Concert Waikiki Rock-A-Hula. You will be spellbound!

But wait, the evening’s not over yet. Time for an after-show meet ‘n greet with the performers!…


Elvis is performed by Johnny Fortuno, who interestingly, hails out of Waipa-HOO! See, there’s a reason why Filipino folks from there always sing Elvis songs on Karaoke. lol

The Tahitian dancers were so stunningly gorgeous, I flustered…

Damien Brantley by day, “Michael Jackson” by night. I swear, this guy looks, sings and dances EXACTLY like the real deal. You’d be hard-pressed to find another artist in the WORLD as accurate as Damien pulls of the late, great King of Pop. Amazing! Tee-heeee! Owwww! Shick-uh-huh…

Sorry, Gaga’s bubbles brought out the “monster” in me lol…

Lady Gaga is performed by Jackie Wiatrowski.

Here’s their complete profile…

Legends in Concert Waikiki Rock-A-Hula packages:

GREEN ROOM®
Dinner & Show
Adult $185.00*
Child N/A
6:00-6:30 Green Room
Reception and BackstageTour
6:35-8:00 Dinner
8:00-9:15 Show Time
9:15-9:30 Meet-and-Greet with Legends Artists
• 4-Course Maine Lobster, Tenderloin Steak & Salmon Dinner
• Green Room Reception
• “Be on Stage” Backstage Tour with Souvenir Backstage Pass
• 2 Super Premium Beverages
• Souvenir Photo with a Star (per 2 persons)
• Post-Show Meet-and-Greet
The ultimate “celebrity” experience for a special evening in Waikiki, from exclusive Green Room reception to souvenir photo with a star, backstage tour, super premium beverages and Maine lobster, tenderloin steak and salmon dinner at a private table in the stageside VIP area, where you’ll have the best seats for the new “Rock-A-Hula®!” After the show, don’t miss the exciting meet-and-greet with Legends Artists. Not recommended for children.

STAGESIDE VIP®
Dinner & Show
Adult $145.00*
Child $87.00
6:15-6:30 VIP Reception
6:35-8:00 Dinner
8:00-9:15 Show Time
9:15-9:30 Meet-and-Greet with Legends Artists
• 4-Course Maine Lobster, Tenderloin Steak & Salmon Dinner
• VIP Welcome Reception
• 2 Super Premium Beverages
• Post-Show Meet-and-Greet
Get the VIP treatment, from welcome reception to Maine lobster, steak and salmon dinner, plus the largest Hawaiian show in Waikiki! Super premium beverages and a private table in the stageside VIP area gets you ready to feel the music of the new “Rock-A-Hula®.” After the show, don’t miss the exciting meet-and-greet with Legends Artists.

TERRACE LUAU®
Buffet & Show
Adult $99.00*
Child $59.00
6:30-6:45 Hawaiian
Greeting, Music and Hula
6:45-7:45 Buffet Dinner
8:00-9:15 Show Time
9:15-9:30 Meet-and-Greet with Legends Artists
• Hawaiian Buffet Dinner Roast beef, lomilomi salmon, hulihuli chicken, dessertstation… Over 20 items!
• 1 Welcome Mai Tai
• Premier Seats for show
• Post-Show Meet-and-Greet
Join us for a “Hawaiian night” with upscale Hawaiian buffet and largest cast show in Waikiki!
You’ll enjoy dining under the stars on over 20 tasty items, welcome Mai Tai, live Hawaiian music and hula before being seated in the premier section for the new “Rock-A-Hula®.” After the show, don’t miss the exciting meet-and-greet with Legends Artists.

LEGENDARY COCKTAIL
Show
Adult $65.00*
Child $39.00
7:30-8:00 Cocktail Time
8:00-9:15 Show Time
9:15-9:30 Meet-and-Greet with Legends Artists
• Super Premium Beverage
• Post-Show Meet-and-Greet
Fun night in Waikiki at “must see” new Hawaiian show with fire-knife dance! Try original cocktails at our fabulous bars, then be dazzled by the new “Rock-A-Hula®!” After the show, don’t miss the exciting meet-and-greet with Legends Artists.

LEGENDARY
Holiday Parties
From $99.00*
Year-Round!
Please refer to Legendary Holiday Party Lineup.
Select Dinner Packages.
Please refer to Legendary Holiday Party Lineup.
It’s always a festive occasion at “Rock-A-Hula®

Additional and Kama’aina discounts available! (call or click here for more information; read Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews for recommended packages)

“Rock-A-Hula!®”
~ The Largest Hawaiian Show in Waikiki
Presented by Legends in Concert Waikiki
Royal Hawaiian Center, 4th Floor

Tel.
1-855-805-SHOW (7469)
(808) 629-SHOW (7469)

www.Rock-A-Hula.com

The Tasty Island rating:

(5) Superb. Worthy of repeat visits or purchases. (Supah-dupah awesome, brah!)

Related links:
Legends in Concert Waikiki Rock-A-Hula – Yelp user reviews
Legends in Concert Waikiki Rock-A-Hula – TripAdvisor user reviews
Rock-A-Hula – Waikiki Magazine

 

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8 thoughts on “Legends Waikiki Rock-A-Hula Dinner Show

    • October 20, 2014 at 5:54 pm
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      Aldona,

      I thought the same thing going in, however walked out VERY impressed! I’m also not an Elvis or Gaga fan, yet they had me captivated during their entire performance. And MJ was just awesome! I would highly recommend this show to every kama’aina!

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  • October 21, 2014 at 1:33 am
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    Pomai, I seen this type of show long ago in vegas and but parents like the food in this

    dinner or luau or buffet show have to offer.  Last one was my parents in Reno long ago

    for the dinner show.  It the Hello Hollywood Hello.  The dinner was steak dinner and it

    not good at all.   Time change Foodies rule in good food and this dinner show seem

    like a great one to see.  It good food that attract people to it.

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    • October 21, 2014 at 11:25 am
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      Kelike,

      The last show I watched in Vegas was Viva Las Elvis, produced by Circue Du Soleil, and it was AWESOME! That said, I can definitely say the Legends in Concert Waikiki talent and production is at the same level as the best productions in Las Vegas, as Viva Las Elvis was.

       

      Regarding the food, it should be noted that Rock-A-Hula is a collaboration between Legends in Concert and Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events. So the food at the show is actually prepared off-premises  by Paradise Kitchen (Nimitz highway), which is also owned by Star of Honolulu, as is the food served on their two cruise boats.

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  • October 21, 2014 at 11:44 am
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    When I was in Vegas show was great but can’t say much of the dinner show food. There

    was lot of hit and miss in it. Rather dine first at select restaurant and take in a show.

    In Macau was not too bad food and show for it was Circus Soleil. I guess food mass

    cooked sometime not great but all depend.

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    • October 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm
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      Kassy,

      I remember going to Macau from Hong Kong on a Hydrofoil Ferry. Super cool. Beautiful place!

      I’m sure most folks rather buy the cheaper packages and opt to dine at a restaurant of their choosing before the show. If I had did this review sooner, readers would have known about the “Buy One, Get One Free” Green Room package Rock-A-Hula was promoting, which was valid until September 30, 2014 for kama’aina and  military personnel. That was a great deal and no-brainer, with dinner right there in the showroom, plus all the other VIP perks mentioned in this review.

      In related news today, Lady Gaga buys mansion with a secret subterranean ‘Batcave’.

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  • October 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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    In compare to Rock A Hula Show Theater for dinner it seem not too big or small for

    diners there.  The bigger the dinner show guests in amount mean more food needed

    in large amount for guests. Like I been to Reno and Vegas and Macau too and it huge

    there. Serving so many diners for dinner shows sometime food come to you not too

    hot but warm to almost cold.  That how it is at time but I still enjoy it and show too.

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  • October 22, 2014 at 2:17 am
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    Been to a few dinner shows in Reno and Vegas they not bad but funny my cousins

    and bf hope they do not be the last ones to be serve.  Sure by saying it off and on we

    ended up being the last ones which I did not at all.  Cousins and bf hate to see other

    people get their food and started eating making them more impatient than ever.

     

    All I care to see the shows and have something to eat but they make big thing of it.

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