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
Verified Traveler
"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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Jennpaz8
Denver, Colorado
"Amazing Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 08, 2020 NEW
I was very skeptical of this and cautioned by other reviewers, however, I had a fantastic time. As others have noted, do NOT come anticipating a gourmet meal. This is a buffet and family styled service. Food was served on very old (and probably not hygienic) wooden plates. I actually thought the pork was quite tasty but that was about it. Drinks were flowing and strong! Unlike another review, they did not cut off the bar prior to the show starting. We had gold seating and were in an excellent position to see the show- front row when we turned our seats to the stage, which we did. I can see how those that did not pay for gold seating may not have a great view of the stage. The story was great, the music and the costumes were incredible. I don't see this as anything close to Cirque du Soleil and just some great local talent. While this is not the luau I had in my head (on the beach, watching the smoke rise from the sand, hula dancing, etc.) this was definitely a show worth seeing. The plantation was nice and they had local artists and crafts prior to the show.
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Tedi P
Ventura
"Taste of Hawaii"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 06, 2020 NEW
The buffet at the luau was abundant and very good. My favorites were the fresh caught fish cooked coconut milk and spinach, the poi was good and the desserts were yummy. Mixed drinks are included and strong so, make sure to try a couple of their tropical concoctions!
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Sandra G
Ogunquit, Maine
"What a performance! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 04, 2020 NEW
Never having been to a luau before I have nothing to compare this too. But we thought it was amazing. The athleticism, the choreography and the story telling was fabulous. The buffet was fresh with nice choices, even vegetarian. The cocktail hour gave us a chance to peruse many of the local Crafters creations. Would definitely go again.
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tandyf
Fredericksburg, Texas
"A Hawaiian tale!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 04, 2020 NEW
A luau that tells the story of the beginning of Hawaii from Tahiti! The setting is very nice with a central stage! Good looking performers, singing and good dancing, lots of hip movement and handsome men! The food is adequate! But the overall luau is good, with shopping from local vendors beforehand! There’s a train ride available beforehand, too! And a rum tasting house, too! You’ll like this luau! I’ve been several times and have not been disappointed!
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katherine w
"Fire dancers save this show"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2020
This was my fourth luau. It came in fourth place. The noise quality of the venue or sound system made the first half of the show impossible to hear. This is not what I have come to expect of the quality of luaus in Hawaii. The leis were lovely and the photos not as expensive as at sone luaus. The organization was good we got to buffet in a timely manner. The fire dancers were the redeeming feature of this show. The venue does not lend itself to a dramatic show. (Essentially under a big tent.) These events aren’t cheap and this one wasn’t less expensive than others. If this is the only one that fits into your schedule (like it did for us this trip) go for it. Otherwise I would edit.
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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.