Newport Beach, CA (July 22, 2019) – In a star-studded celebration of the best of Hawaiian talent from music, dance, food and pyrotechnics, the 1st Inaugural Newport Beach Luau kicked off Labor Day weekend on August 31st, 2019 at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.
Tickets to the Opening Night event and dinner started at $99 each, and was open to all ages, with laid-back luxury beach dress code.
The Newport Beach Annual Luau showcased hula dancers and pyrotechnic performers, which drew from Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa as well as Hawaii. During dinner, a three-piece Hawaiian band delighted guests with a blend of upbeat and tranquil island music, including hits like “The Hukilau Song” and Israel Kamakawiwoole’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Special guest Moana, a fictional character from the 2016 Disney film of the same name, made an appearance as well, keeping children enthralled with her rendition of popular song “How Far I’ll Go.”
Newport Beach Magazine mentioned, “The resort and its partner did a flawless job of capturing the heart of a traditional Hawaiian luau, offering Southern California residents a chance to experience a new culture right here in Orange County.”
Toward the end of the evening, children and their parents were invited on-stage to participate in various dances and share some of their backstories. The event finished with an impressive Tahitian fire dance, an impressive display featuring fire eating, flaming swords and more. Afterward, the performers invited attendees up to the front to snap photos with them.
Stay tune for the next Newport Beach Luau in 2020. Enjoy delicious Hawaiian-style cuisine under the stars with grilled chicken teriyaki and fresh pineapple, and Kalua pulled pork. Watch the traditional Samoan pig ceremony! Sip cocktails from the Tiki Bar and be greeted by our ukulele player, with a special appearance by Moana, so bring the kids. Savor the sunset on the warm sand of Newport Dunes beach and treat yourself to this amazing luau experience.
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is an iconic, family-friendly recreation destination celebrating 60+ years of treasured memories in Orange County. It is the perfect paradigm of a beach resort with the elements of laid-back luxury, world-class hospitality, waterfront dining, and the natural beauty of Newport Beach. It is the perfect location to enjoy California’s coastal climate and treasure trove of recreational activities, including exotic dining, upscale shopping, and championship golf courses. Newport Dunes is home to Southern California’s premier, waterfront RV resort, featuring luxury accommodations and amenities, charming beach cottages, a 442-slip marina, boat launch ramp, bike and watercraft rentals, a waveless beach and swimming lagoon, and SoCal’s largest inflatable water park. The resort offers breathtaking venues and elegant catering for beachfront weddings and corporate events, and hosts exciting, year-round live entertainment and music festivals. Back Bay Bistro, the Dunes’ dockside restaurant, delivers stunning views and award-winning cuisine, including OC’s Best Brunch.