Luau Kalamaku in Lihue, Kauai, HI

Kilohana Plantation3-2087 Kaumuali`i HighwayLihue, Kauai, HI 96766
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Overview

A year-round Hawaiian luau held in Kauai, Lu’au Kalamaku offers a thrilling experience beneath the island’s beautiful night skies. Guests can enjoy hearing an incredible story about the original days of the Hawaiian people, seeing traditional fire-knife dancing and fire poi-ball twirling, dancing along with enchanting music, sipping an included beverage with the show, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Lihue, Kauai Travel Experts
  • Luau includes 2 complimentary drinks. Additional beverages are available for purchase.
  • Gluten Free, Vegetarian & Vegan menu options are available.
  • Guests must provide their own transportation to the luau. Parking is available.
  • Remember to bring your camera!

Description

from Lu`au Kalamaku
Lu`au Kalamaku is an unforgettable experience and a "must-see" for any visitor. It's the state's only lu`au show performed "in-the-round", offering great views from every seat.

The evening begins with craft and cultural demonstrations and Hawaiian games, followed by the traditional imu ceremony. Guests are treated to delicious traditional local cuisine, while hula dancers and musicians entertain.

The 45-minute main show tells the amazing story of the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamaku, "child of the new land" and the epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kaua`i, featuring fire poi balls and traditional fire knife dancing. Includes 2 complimentary drinks. Additional drinks available at extra charge.

Lu`au Buffet Menu:
Kauai fresh green salad with choice of dressings, Potato macaroni salad, vegetarian tofu salad, Fresh pineapple and papaya platter, Lomi lomi salmon, Taro rolls, Vegetable chow mein, Steamed jasmine rice, Hawaiian smashed purple sweet potatoes, Yellow curry ratatouille, Teriyaki chicken, Pan seared Ono with tartar sauce, Kalua pork, Poi, Rice pudding with dark rum sauce, Haupia, Banana cream pie, and Pineapple upside down cake.

*Menu includes Gluten Free, Vegetarian & Vegan options. Menu subject to seasonal changes.

Gold Package: Premium seating so close to the stage that guests can feel the heat from the fire dancers

Train Ride Option: Offers guests a chance to travel through the 105-acre historic Kauai Plantation. Your conductor will guide you along historic plantation homes, travel through a lowland forest, and view endless fruit fields. Then disembark to feed a herd of wild pigs, goats & sheep.

Schedule Times:
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Craft demonstrations & Hawaiian Games
5:30 pm - 6:10 pm: Ride the Kauai Plantation Railway (optional)
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm: Imu Ceremony
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Dinner with Live Music & Traditional Hula
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm: Main show - Kalamaku
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm: Photo Session with Cast

Tripster Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Petro Grif
Sacramento, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Unforgettable"
October 2018
Out of all luaus I visited this one honestly was the best. Very professional entertainment. Excellent food. Very organized and friendly stuff..
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Tip: Be patient with long lines.

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Anjela Eubank
North Augusta, SC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"a luau like no other"
May 2018
our family had a great time. the grounds of the plantation are lovely. we rode the train around the grounds and learned a lot about the many fruits grown there. had a chance to feed and visit the animals. loved the fresh leis and male equivalents and the history of the plantation. there was a great variety at the buffet and an opp to experience the process of the roasted pig's removal from the underground pit. the dancers and performers were outstanding and their presentation and historical act was very entertaining. recommend bug spray as the lighting did attract bugs as the luau is in a lovely open pavilion...a must see for any Hawaiian visit.
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JILLIAN SCHULTZ
OklAHOMA CITY, OK
1 Review
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"GREAT ENTERTAINMENT"
January 2018
FIRST TIME VISIT TO HAWAII AND READ GREAT REVIEWS ABOUT THIS DINNER SHOW. TOLD IT WAS A MOST SEE WHILE IN KAUAI. GREAT FOOD, AMAZING ENTERTAINMENT.
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Tip: COME ON AN EMPTY STOMACH, TONS OF GREAT FOOD.

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Terry W.
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great luau atmosphere"
October 2015
The dance and story were wonderfully presented. The pre dinner open bar and vendors was a nice opening to the evening. The meal itself was average. It was like any large event buffet. The quality of the food could be a little higher for the price paid.
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Tip: Arrive early and if you don't have a large party, expect to share a table with others.

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glenda strickland
phoenix, AZ
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"super luau"
July 2015
great place. Ambiance super. Loads of drinks. Great food. The dance /story of how people came to the islands...wonderful. Dancers were excellent. Very entertaining and beautifully done.Total entertainment and educational as well.
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Tip: Check out Yelp reviews of all the outdoor activity vendors, Luau's, restaurants etc..Get a book about Kauai..go to local vendors,eat where locals eat

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Michael K
Woodbridge, Virginia
"Amazing show!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2019 NEW
We lived on Oahu for a few years when my dad was stationed here and have been back a few times, seen a variety of luau including at the Polynesian Cultural Center, but this is likely the best I've experienced. Visiting Kauai to see my sister and Brother-in-law's house, and this is my girlfriend's first time in Hawaii so we wanted her to experience a luau on this trip. Glad we chose this one! The food was pretty standard for a luau, very flavorful and a good variety to choose from. Can't go wrong with Kalua pork! What sets this luau apart from the others is the show. Very high production values really enhanced the story, lots of costumes and the performers were having a ball on the various stages around the venue. Some of the best fire knife dancing I have seen and loved the infusion of ballet-like movements in the dances of the goddess Namaka (I think). Really just an all around great show and a great time. If you are looking for a luau, this is it. OH, and it's an open bar!
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DLyman
Houston, Texas
"Entertaining show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
Skipped the buffet and got premium seating. Feeding the kids at villa and spending extra for front rower seats worked well. Everyone of all ages enjoyed the show. Top notch. We could feel the fire.
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Carlton_Reviews
Houston, Texas
"We bought tickets to the show only - It was worth it."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2019 NEW
The show was VERY entertaining. We paid for premium tickets ($20 more) and were seated right in front at a reserved table for 2. The stage is in the round and the entertainers moved around a lot. The story was typical, but the choreography... I won't spoil it at all but this was VERY WELL CHOREOGRAPHED. PS - we didn't do the buffet and chose to eat elsewhere. I didn't see anything that made me regret that decision. Also, this venue is huge, probably seating a thousand in round table dinner format. Highly recommended.
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paulak552
Sherwood Park, Canada
"Take a shuttle!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019 NEW
There is an open bar with wonderful blue Hawaii’s and Mai Tai’s. Don’t drink and drive. The show and meal were unforgettable! They showed some visitors how to do the hula and it was entertaining. They had a crafters marketplace going on before the show and there was some amazing art. This was our first and only luau we saw on this trip so didn’t have anything to compare it to but we loved it! I loved that there was a story to the dances and they shared their history and culture with us. Very good!!
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Mike H
"Luau with a story to tell...."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 29, 2019
We attended this Luau, and this was a great event. Pictures, grounds, craft fair, train ride around the plantation (optional), plenty of food and beverage, and the main theatrical show was excellent, especially the fire show. We would recommend taking a shuttle instead driving (especially if drinking).
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lu`au Kalamaku

How early should I arrive?
You will want to arrive around 5:00 pm to enjoy craft demonstrations and Hawaiian games. 

Where is the Luau located?
The Lu`au Kalamaku is located on Highway 50 next to Kauai Plantation Railway station at the far left end of the parking lot.

Are drinks or alcohol included?
Yes, an open bar is included with the Gold or Regular seating. This includes tropical drinks, mixed drinks, local beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

What is the difference between the Gold and Regular seating?
Gold seating gives you seats so close to the stage that you can feel the heat from our famous fire dancers.

If I purchase the Train Ride, what time is that?
You will want to catch the train at 5:30 pm from the Depot.

How long is this experience?
We suggest you plan on spending 3.5 hours total. 

Does the luau operate in inclement weather?
Our expansive covered showroom is equipped with an “in-the-round” stage setting, enabling guests to a grand view that allows them to feel like they part of the show. The facility, while covered overhead, lets the show go on rain or shine, yet still allows you to enjoy the tropical surroundings.

Is transportation included?
No, transportation is not included. You must provide your own transportation to the luau.