Chief’s Luau is headed West with a permanent home at Wet’n’Wild

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ranked as one of the Top 10 Best Amusements/Water Parks in the nation by the Travel Channel, Wet'n'Wild Hawaii today announced that Chief's Luau has voyaged west to make its permanent home at the waterpark, and will celebrate their grand opening on Tuesday, January 9.

"We are truly thrilled to add such a world-class attraction to Wet'n'Wild," said Jerry Pupillo, Wet'n'Wild general manager. "Chief's Luau has brought Polynesian culture, history and dance to thousands of people over the years, and we are honored to give this magnificent experience for visitors and kama'aina alike a permanent home at the waterpark."

Wet'n'Wild Hawaii created a brand-new home fit for a Chief for Hawaii's top-rated luau, as honored by TripAdvisor with nearly 3,500 reviews with a sterling five-star rating. Chief's Luau now has over 50,000 square feet of lush, outdoor space for guests to experience a variety of facets of Polynesian culture during the three-hour event.

"It makes so much sense to be located at the only place in Hawaii where you can surf a 40-foot wave without the pesky task of having to catch it and have fun in tropical waters with the whole family regardless of the ocean's conditions," says Chief's Luau Business Manager Eddie Sax. "Guests can now make a day of it at the waterpark and then just before dusk, journey across the Kapolei Kooler bridge to enjoy the luau for an action-packed evening."

Upon arrival, guests are warmly greeted by cast members and then can peruse the Polynesian Village. Mark you skin with a kid-friendly Polynesian tattoo, weave your own lauhala headband, take aim and let loose your inner warrior at the spear throwing area, and see if you really can make it in the wild by trying to start a fire. These are just some of the fun activities people of all ages will enjoy in the Polynesian Village.

"Guests become part of the performance," says Chief Sielu, original world fire-knife champion. "Throughout the experience guests are touched by many members of our luau and each of their senses ignited by the rich heritage of the Islands. The performances walk through the history of Polynesia, with all islands represented in dances and traditions from each region."

In addition to world-class performances, guests will indulge in authentic Hawaiian food and tropical cocktails. Kids and adults participate on stage in hysterical ways that allow for history-making family videos. The evening ends with a spectacular fire show, including the only female fire dancer champion in the world and of course, fire-knife world champion and the luau's namesake, Chief.

"Our guests feel like a Polynesian family invited them to their feast as honorary family members. This is not a show, it's ohana, and we are excited to share that here at our new permanent home at Wet'n'Wild," says Chief.

While there are many luaus on the island of Oahu, what sets this experience apart from the others is the show's heart and soul: Chief Sielu. The show's producer and emcee, Chief is the original world champion fire-knife dancer; a famous Polynesian actor, singer and comedian. He is the star of the 2008 award-winning independent film, CHIEF, and shed his own blood in the traditional tattooing scene. He has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Travel & Discovery Channels, BBC and MTV. He threw the flaming spear that ignited the Olympic torch at a pre-Olympic ceremony in Salt Lake City (2002).

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