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OK, Mandy is back but her internet is not working, so I'll post what she told me. She said the gardens are beautiful. (She has photos we can post, but will have to wait until the internet is fixed.) However, she said that unless you have a private luau, she personally wouldn't want to do that for her reception. There are at least 350 people at the luau and all are served through a buffet line. Tables are dismissed to fill their plates one by one, so it could take a while for your party to get through. She said the food was good, but the show was disappointing. Many people they talked to had gone to a luau on Maui and said this one didn't even come close to comparing.

 

Others in their party went to the luau at the Princeville resort. It was at least $30 more a person. I also don't know if it will be available in February 09 due to renovations.

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I was there last August. My FI and I along with my brother and his gf visted the Smith's family luau and Fern Grotto. Apparently it is a hot spot for weddings. As you arrive to the Fern Grotto the Smith family welcome you with some songs and entertainment on the boat. When I went there you were unable to walk into the fern grotto.. you can only see the grotto on a platform and unable to go into the cave. Back in the day people were able to go into the cave, I forget the story behind why it's closed off but no one is allowed in there anymore. On your way out you walk through a path of flowers and pretty cool looking plants! The luau and garden are spectacular. There are peacocks, pigs, chickens and other animals running loose but they won't bother you. You can also see a lot of their indigenous plants in the garden as well. I agree with the above post, you should definately do a private event because there are a lot of people at the luau. The food was good and the buffet line wasn't too long. I have a million pictures if you want to email me at doblauvelt@gmail.com I'll be happy to send them to you.

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I finally made it to a luau this past August. The grounds are beautiful in a man-made way. I find the North and South Shores to be natually beautiful. The mountains in the North are magical. The South offers plenty of sun and beautiful bluffs.

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I contacted the Smith Family about doing a wedding there as well. I was told that if you didn't want to do the wedding in the Fern Grotto that there was also an option to have your ceremony on the grounds near the river.

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