The Polynesian Hula show at the Shops at Mauna Lani on the Big Island is one of the top free hula shows in Hawaii. Although the stage is small compared to many others, the atmosphere is captivating and the performers have won numerous awards. Wait until the end to watch the impressive fire dance.

Dancers perform a series of acts in colorful costumes on a stage set above a water fountain. Live music accompanies the dancers, creating a powerful impression accented by tiki torches and lights. The show culminates in a daring fire dance.

Fun for Kids

If you've taken a free hula lesson before the show, you can try your new skills during one of the acts when the audience is invited to join in.

Arrive an hour before for a free hula lesson, basket weaving, lei making and other programs. Kids can play in the fountain - be sure to bring a change of clothes because they are likely to get wet.

Before and After

There are many shops at the mall, ranging from surfing gear at Hulakai to resort clothing at Tommy Bahama. There are two art galleries and several stores where you can pick up gifts and souveniers.

Where to Eat

You can grab dinner at one of the restaurants - flavors include Japanese cuisine at Monstera, Mexican dishes at Just Tacos, and steaks at Ruth's Chris steakhouse.

Foodland offers affordable takeout, including Hawaiian dishes such as poke and great ice cream. If you arrive early, you can dine at one of the tables while you watch the show.

The Fact

The show is free and is offered on Mondays and Thursdays. It starts at 7 pm from March through September and at 6 pm during the winter months. There is a 20 minute break half way into the show so that you can explore the shops which sponsor the free event.

There are two hotels in the area: the Bay Hotel and the Fairmont Orchid. Families can rent a condo at the resort as well.

Check the Shops' twitter page @TheShops and the web site for current schedule and special events. Easter, Halloween and other holidays are especially fun. Click here for more family vacation ideas in Hawaii.

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