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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fly78guy201
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
"Excellent Lihue Luau "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2019 NEW
This is an excursion of 800 shipmates, absolutely wonderful from any chair in the house! People are absolutely friendly and Warm, very strict about alcohol consumption which is a local law. Do not take your chances with the Bouncers they're not playing games and there are vendors with locally made artisan jewelry and Portraits and very reasonably Priced! This is a Must Do!
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Gary-Patti D
Saint Louis, Missouri
"SHOW ONLY - PREMIUM SEATING"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2019 NEW
We'd done several luaus in the past, but were interested in this show that was advertised as being in the round with a lot of media. We selected the SHOW ONLY and paid the $20/ticket extra for the PREMIUM SEATS. We thought the show was VERY WELL DONE and we'd highly recommend paying the extra for the PREMIUM SEATING. We were allowed a drink (or two?) and the location was fabulous with no one sitting in front of us, etc. Since there were only two of us, we did share the small table with another couple doing the same thing. That was nice too, since we've found it to be interesting talking with others that are also visiting the islands. We'd highly recommend this show and the Premium Seats. We can't comment on the meal since we didn't have it.
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Glenn S
Surprise, Arizona
"The best and most professional Luau on the island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2019 NEW
We have been to this luau about 10 times and bring all our guests for their first luau experience. Wonderful food. Great pre show music and dances, and the main show is a wonder story of how the early settlers came to Kauai. Best fire dance you will see anywhere
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Tina B
Santa Ana, California
"Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2019 NEW
Outstanding colorful meaningful story food was excellent staff was wonderful. Great service and beautiful!
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jcmiii3
Brownsburg, Indiana
"Good Entertainment"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 27, 2019 NEW
The Luau Kalamaku is a very good show, but not a typical Polynesian dance luau. The Luau Kalamaku tells the story of a Polynesian couple and their migration across the Pacific. A good part of the dancing is interpretative and artistic, rather than traditional. Prior to the show, while you’re enjoying the buffet, there is dancing which would be considered more traditional Polynesian dances, but there is little explanation. If Kaua’i is your only stop in Hawaii, I would recommend it. If not, I would recommend a more traditional luau with fewer theatrics. The buffet is average - exactly what one would expect from the buffet at a luau. You don’t go to a luau for the food. One last thought, we went as a shore excursion from the Pride of America. Transportation to the luau was great. We were loaded right on the bus and were at the plantation in minutes. Our departure was an entirely different experience. We waited about an hour for our turn to board the bus back to the ship. Had we known how long it was going to be we would have opted for a Lyft or Uber.
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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.