Literally translating to “the ocean,” Ka Moana is part of Ka Moana Lū‘au, situated at Sea Life Park, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. Best of all, lū‘au guests get to enjoy two experiences for the price of one!
“Every lū‘au ticket includes admission to Sea Life Park,” says Dean Calibraro, Ka Moana Lū‘au’s vice president of sales and marketing, “and guests have the option to either start their day with Sea Life Park and cap their night with Ka Moana Lū‘au…or attend the lū‘au, and have up to seven days to return to the park with their admission.” He talks about the park’s incredible shows, exhibits and educational experiences such as the touch pool, which guests of all ages enjoy.
At the lū‘au, everyone has the opportunity to participate in cultural activities such as lei making, ‘ukulele lessons, hula lessons, coconut weaving, and even get a temporary tattoo to commemorate the night.
What makes Ka Moana Lū‘au special? “Easily, the people,” states Calibraro, matter of factly. “I could tell you it’s our world-class production company or the second-to-none venue, both worthy of recognition. But the people set us apart from any other activity out there. From the moment you’re greeted and adorned with a lei, you know you’re in for an incredible evening where everyone has the single goal to go above and beyond to make this lū‘au experience the best part of your vacation!
“I feel that each guest will have a unique experience and different aspects will stand out,” shares Calibraro when asked how he hopes each guest will experience the lū‘au. “For some, it’s the traditional kahiko hula that opens the show with the fire that stands out. For others it’s the ability to interact with the entertainers.”
He says he smiles when seeing parents get teary-eyed as their child is invited onstage to perform the hula. It’s that kind of joy experienced by visitors while on vacation that makes him happy.
“All of us at Ka Moana Lū‘au are fortunate to be able to share the aloha with our guests, wherever they’re from,” says Calibraro. “Their smiles, joy and comments make what we do so fulfilling. They keep us striving to improve the experience and strengthen our connection with them.”