Aloha Live!

September 5, 2013 | By Waikiki Magazine Team

Stunning views and spectacular performances make this entertaining dinner show

It’s one part lu’au, one part Cirque, and 100 percent fun. Aloha Live is a captivating blend of Polynesian Dance and Cirque du Soleil-style performances.

High atop the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, with the iconic Diamond Head as a backdrop, audiences are treated to a “Night Circus” that can only happen in Hawai’i. Aloha Live is an evening filled with entertainment from around the world and a scrumptious steak dinner.

Producer Tuffy Nicholas knows all about circuses, he grew up traveling in a circus—his mom trained polar bears and his dad was a ringmaster for Ringling Bros Circus.


When it came to creating his own circus, Nicholas along with choreographer Tahiti Mana and director Matthieu LaPlante, brought something very unique to Waikiki. “I noticed … [there was] a relatively small amount of shows and things for families in the evening [in Waikiki],” says Nicholas.

Nicholas believes that the family-friendly entertainment of Aloha Live will thrill audiences with “(its) mixture of the best Polynesian dancers and Cirque du Soleil-style performers, with an incredible view of Diamond Head.” And, it’s all served up with a delicious meal.


Once dinner has started, things kick into gear with a pre-show by “Vili” the Warrior’s high-energy performance. The main show that follows is an extravaganza of delights via the show that features aerialists, Polynesian dancers, a warrior chant, circus acts, Tahitian and Samoan fire knife dancers and more. What’s more, the show is always evolving. Special guests, such as singer Jordan Segundo or a Chinese acrobatic troupe are frequently incorporated to the show, keeping the entertainment exciting and fresh.

“You never know what surprises you are in for,” says Nicholas.

Adding to the fun, guests are invited to meet and take photos with the cast once the show’s finished. Guests are also invited to end their evening with a nightcap under the stars at the bar.

Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner starts at 6:15 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Aloha Live
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
150 Kapahulu Ave. [C:12 Waikiki Map]
(808) 931-3328