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Fia Fia at the Ihilani

Last night, I went to the Ihilani’s new Fia Fia luau show, which they have every Thursday night. Talofa!

Posted September 10, 2010 by Melissa Chang

Over the past year, I’ve had a run of luck when winning random prize drawings — I’ve been winning hotel stays around the island. No joke! I even stuck my hand into a pile of envelopes and won a night’s stay at the Moana Surfrider. So this weekend, I’m using my JW Marriott Ihilani Resort prize, since it’s about to expire.

While I’m out here, I thought I’d check out what they have. So last night, I went to their new Fia Fia luau show, which they have every Thursday night. “Fia fia” is Samoan for “celebration,” and they do a good job of projecting that. Here are a few (yes, a few) highlights of the luau. Oh, and my fabulous hotel room!

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My fab room at the Ihilani.

As promised, here’s the video of Jennifer Lieu and Lena Hanson doing a Tahitian demo:

Paradise Cove was my client a long time ago, so it was interesting to me to see how this show is different. Whereas many luau shows are Hawaiian-based and take you around the Polynesian triangle, Fia Fia’s most notable difference is that it’s Samoan-based. They still take you around Polynesia with luau standards like “The Hawaiian Wedding Song,” Tahitian hula (as seen above), and Maori poi balls, but they performed other numbers that I had never seen before.

One other element that stands out is their fire dancing, which the entire male troupe gets into. Most luaus bring out one, maybe two fire knife dancers; Fia Fia makes it a huge, spectacular production.

If you’d like to go, it costs $45 for children 3 to 11 years old, and $90 for adults. There are kamaaina rates available, just ask. We did!

Fia Fia show
JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa
92-1001 Olani St.


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  1. M
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Hello Melissa!

    Looks like all three of you had a great time! :)

  2. DianeSeo
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    The video is hilarious. But how come you weren’t out there doing some shaking?

  3. jlieu
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    It was sooo much fun! Thanks Melissa! I am so Fia Fia with the experience! I went home to look up more Samoan words :) I think that if anyone has visitors in town, this is a show that locals AND tourists can enjoy! <3 it!

  4. melissa808
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    @M it was fun! I forgot to mention it was Jen’s first luau.

  5. melissa808
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    @DianeSeo LOL. Someone had to hold the camera!

  6. melissa808
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    @jlieu now you can speak to Ata….

  7. strobie
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Good times! That’s a SWEET hotel room.

  8. LenaHanson
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:38 am

    OMG I love the video!
    Hey everyone the Fia Fia show was awesome! You guys have to check it out! Right now thursdays only.
    Its konah beeh da bes schow uf yo lifffe!

  9. melissa808
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 8:18 am

    @LenaHanson I interviewed the chief today!


About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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