By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the show.)
For the first time, the Island Heat LuWOW dinner production show combines the exciting music and romantic setting of the South Pacific islands with the sparkle and Pizzazz of a Las Vegas show.
Well known Las Vegas show producer John Stuart (Legends in Concert) not only creates a different look but the costumes, chorography, music, lighting, dinner and almost everything else is different about this show!
One high-energy act after another transports the audience to Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, and to the Maori natives of New Zealand in ways that have never been done before.
Imagine the surprise of seeing a showgirl’s headdress, feathers and sequins on South Pacific Island costumes. It is two different worlds joined together.
If you are confused when you see the show, yes, the dancers do mix a little Hip-Hop and jazz with their island dance routines.
The finishing touch to every production is the lighting to set the perfect mood for the show. They chose bright pink, blue, yellow and other multicolored lights for dramatic effect to accent the dancers.
I enjoyed the show because LuWOW did not simply copy the usual Tropical Island theme, they created an entirely new concept.
This is one of the few dinner shows in Las Vegas for a dinner and show or show only experience. Those who remember the dinner shows of Old Las Vegas will appreciate Island LuWOW.
The Island Heat LuWOW dinner show, that is LuWOW instead of Luau, brings a different slant to the usual Island shows. Island Heat appears at the Kahunaville Restaurant’s new “Island Heat LuWOW” showroom, inside the TI, Treasure Island Hotel, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd South, on the Las Vegas Strip.
Two shows nightly, except Tuesdays, at 6 and 8 pm, dinner and show- $59.99 (plus taxes and fees) or show only-$39.99 (plus taxes and fees). For information, call
the Kahunaville Box Office at 702-894-7350.
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By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman )
After seeing the “Island Heat LuWOW” show, I had a chance to interview long time Las Vegas show producer John Stuart.
SZ: “I loved the show, “Tropical Heat LuWOW” is different!”
JS: “I produced and directed this show for Mark Green, the owner of the Kahunaville Restaurant and his new “Tropical Heat LuWOW” showroom.
There is a tremendous resurgence of Vegas in the show, actually a Vegas-style luau with beautiful women and good looking men.
We have a special tribute to Elvis Presley. All of the greatest songs that come to America from Hawaii were sung by Elvis. Don Ho’s Tiny Bubbles and a few others became famous but the person who did the greatest television show that has ever been in Hawaii was Elvis Presley.
Since I created Legends in Concert back in 1983, I have always been familiar with all of the great Elvis impressionists. This show features Tyler Hunter, great costumes and great lighting.”
SZ: “Your island dancers and music are not the usual we expect to see in a tropical island show.”
JS: “LuWOW” includes basa nova, jazz and even a tribute to the Black-Eyed Peas. We are not stuck with anything that has to do with a Polynesian revue and just entertain. There is nothing holding us back. “LuWOW“ is an explosion of theater and tropical song and dance.
There are three chorographers, one for the men, one for the women and a third for the Elvis tribute.
Charlene, our co-host with Tyler, appeared in “Miss Saigon”, on Broadway for six years.
The showroom has a large professional stage, lights, sound booth and a great cast.”
SZ: “The “Tropical Heat LuWOW” show surprises audiences as well as their dinner. This is one of the few dinner shows in Las Vegas. The menu combined Hawaiian and English titled for the three course dinner.
Paola (bread): Start the dinner with a fresh Amaacadamia white chocolate roll.
Lua’ai (salad): The tropical salad I filled with pineapple, strawberries, Mandarin oranges, Provolone cheese, Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, mixed greens Pecans tossed in a Balsamic Viniegrette and topped with shaved toasted coconut.
This ids not the usual salad served at a dinner show!
Guests have a choice of four ‘Aina ahiahi four entrees. Macademia crusted mahi mahi, teriyaki flank steak, ahi tuna, pina colada chicken.
And there’s more, the Mea ‘ai momona (dessert). Chef Buddha Lira’s signature chocolate dessert.
They even have special gluten free, vegetarian, vegan options.
“Tropical Heat LuWOW” appears nightly, dark Tuesdays, with two shows at 6 and 8 pm. Dinner show- $59.99 and without dinner, show only-$39.99. “LuWOW” is in the “Tropical Heat LuWOW” showroom, at the Kahunaville Restaurant, TI, Treasure Island Hotel. For information, call the Kahunaville Box Office at 702-894-7350. http://www.islandheatdinnershow.com/index.php
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Kim smith, pdn mgr and chore; big pdn;
We are exctd about this show, new showroom,
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Mk t a fam fondly show. Fusion of the polynsn islnds w the lv flair.
O the usual hwn islnd show.
U r gg to see a lt f acts tonight. Luwow instead of luau;
We tk isle heat and mxd t w the lv luwow, spelled wow. Bngg the wow of lv.
Elvis tribute, bg show in hw; unlk any u hv evr sn b.
E md a bg impsn in hw;
Btfl sg, I remember u, costume desgnr and co-pdn mgr father wrt tt sng.
He ws one of the bgst sngwrtrs in hw, nm kui lee.
A uniq and personal tch to the show.
The mus, the dncg, the show, staging the chore, we combined traditional w lv.
U r gg to see sm interesting things lk as opposed to the tdl Maori nz dances, u wl see led lts flashing lts, tinsel, glimmer, glamour. O the Isle show we usually see and rmbr.
O ur tpl show at all.
E is tyler hunter;
Evn sgs he sings I o hlp flg in lv w u, hs a ltl bt f hwn flavor as well.
We hv a female sgr, Charlene, we pt a ltl bt f tropl flare, she ds a gloria estevan tbt;
Feathers, tdl polynsn wear, w a ltl bt f sequences u expect in a lv show.
Line up of ladies ev one fm polynsn culture; fusion. Just lk the menu, we hv a fusion on
The stage as well. The cast are from tonga, Hawaii, samoa, nz, and all lv in lv.
Authentic, fm the islands.
V lg drums, tdl, fm Tahiti and Fiji; surpsd at finale, utilize the blk eyed peas in the islands. Tdl drumming over contpy mus. No a no, svl acts, 1 hr, o k wts cmg nxt, ul be supsd.
Rock wall, v plays throut the show enhance wts hpng on stg.
Ts s a john stuart prodn, I revied all of his shows throt the yrs.
He brt legends, impl plc;
Wts unique, we are bgg the dinner show bk to lv.
There are a lt f gt shows in lv, ts s a bnd nw showrm. Intmt stg; fmy fondly, romantic; couples, gps; kids, affordable;
D and sho $60;
Specials fr locals; show wo d; isle heat luwow;
Costumes md by biona lee, lady mentd b;
First act true lv head pieces w tdl feathers w sequined bra tops,
1.) Chef Buddah- salad, o usual, plain, ea gt;
White choc pecan roll, paola, rly tst choc, warm taste glaze on tp.
Sld, signtr bg Isl sld, Lua’ai; mxd sld greens, provolone, mozzarella chs, pine, straw. Mandarin ors, toms, pecans tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette drsg, tpd w fresh shaved toasted coc. Ggs w sho tropl, isl theme;
Selection, o just lomi and poi, luau, mr tropl isl. Choose frm variety.
Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi, fresh filet of mahi mahi coated with crunchy macadamia nut, jasmine rice, baby bok choy, mango salsa, tamarind, Beurre Blanc;
Terriyaki flank steak, tender, thinly sliced, drizzled w teryaki glaze diced pepper and pineapple, jasmine rice, seasonal vegs;
Ahi tuna, pan seared yellw fin tuna served rare, wasabi mashed pots, baby bok choy, ginger soy reduction;
Pina colada chicken, lightly battered breast of ck glazed w pine coc sc, jasmine rice, vegs;
Mea ’ai momona, dessert signature daily dst;
Gluten free, vegtn, or vegan options; o find at d show;
What to serve, accent show, in food, menu, choc in roll and in dst;
Fast, early o during show, 1 hr b, enj, 4 courses;
Dessert- signature- bakery, cake diff flvfx red velvet, choc carmel, pina colada ck,
2.) John Stuart-
Separate showroom, o in rest,