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A first of its kind for Hawai‘i Island, Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas opened its doors on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017,  to an excited crowd of movie- goers, eager to see first run films in the fun and elegant new environment at Queens’ MarketPlace in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Guests had their choice of three state-of-the-art auditoriums, including one with Real 3D technology.

From the comfort of their cushy leather armchairs with tray tables and fully reclinable lounges on the front row, fans could enjoy WLC’s first blockbuster features—Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jumanji or Ferdinand—with a glass of wine, gourmet pizza and fresh, hot popcorn.

Guests arriving early can take their time and enjoy lunch or dinner in the full-service restaurant, Bistro at the Cinemas. Or, diners can or order from the same tasty menu and have their food and beverages delivered to their seats during the previews.

The menu features fresh, creative appetizers and salads, plus gourmet street tacos, like Kogi-Style Korean Short Rib, Greek Lamb with Tzaziki Sauce, or Fresh Fish (catch of the day). Pizzas include excellent vegetarian options, as well as homemade chipotle or fennel sausage. There’s even a Nutella Pizza for dessert with banana, strawberr, and toasted almond.

The bistro also serves local craft beers, wines and spirits; however—unlike some luxury cinemas—patrons do not have to be 21 to be admitted. In this way, WLC can offer the fun of a family movie, with a special date night experience.

WLC hired 65 employees from around the island, who have been training nonstop in the kitchens, theatres and front of the house. Check out movie times, ticket booking, and other information at their website .

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Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar

Located in the Queens MarketPlace is one of the area’s most popular venues. Definitely not a quiet & romantic venue. This place is  frequently noisy & busy & has more of a diner atmosphere.

The food is amazing!  Lots of great choices, including beef. Bold & unique flavors. Generous portions.

We usually split an appetizer & always order the Kona Coffee Mud Pie!

There is a Happy Hour of 50% off on Sunday & Monday until 6PM, Other days 25%. Make a reservation on Open Table & go early to get in line. Yes, there is always a line for Happy Hour.

Worth the wait.

Here are some samples of their delicious entrees and our favorite Mud Pie:

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We hope you have a joyful and safe holiday season.


Su and Bruce