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

Kauai 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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Ray C
"Beautiful show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2019 NEW
The show was fantastic: beautiful costumes and lighting, great singing and storytelling, and a comfortable covered pavilion. The food was buffet style and OK (POI is not worth trying), but it's really all about the show.
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kmallo
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"Our Third Luau in Hawaii."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 10, 2019 NEW
We have been to a luau on Oahu, Maui, and now Kauai. The dinner fare was typical of a luau, and the food here was just average. But the show was quite good. We truly enjoyed it. We also did the train ride. This would be great for kids, but it was not much of an adventure for us adults. They do stop along the way and allow the guests to feed some feral pigs. The kids, and many adults, seemed to really enjoy this. As much as we love trains, this was just so-so for us. The service was good. All in all, an enjoyable experience, and a typical luau.
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Rachelle A
"So-So Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 09, 2019 NEW
The food was okay, but didn’t offer the gluten free options that others do. There’s an open bar and vendors while you wait. Wasn’t impressed by the hurry up feel of the process. Felt rushed. The show was okay, but others are better.
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jacxiii
San Juan, Texas
"Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 05, 2019 NEW
Fun time with a great show The food was good, but the show was the best I have ever seen the whole story was put together very nice. I highly recommend you attend this show.
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Marc W
"DIDNT GET TO GO THERE DUE TO UNPROFESSIONAL BOOKING POLICIES!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed June 04, 2019 NEW
We after extensive research booked two reservations on their website. Owners dinner, train ride, the works. After they charged my card almost 400 dollars we received a phone call that we couldn't ride the train due to time restraints. We said "OK" and hung up. After abut 30 minutes we received another phone call that they then said that the Friday wasn't available after all. Again, their website says otherwise. They said that they could get us in on Monday the day we arrived at 2PM. When we asked to speak with a supervisor "Rebecca" we were going to do the buffet if they covered the difference for preferred seating. She said "that she had presented her options and that was that" and that we shouldn't book if I was uncomfortable because they had screwed up our reservations. I agreed and cancelled. I do not know if this is a booking company as they were called Oahu Zipline on my credit card or the owners themselves but they do not present a professional atmosphere in deeds or verbally on the phone. Maybe we were fortunate if this is how we were treated before we got there, how would it be when we arrived?
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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.