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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386leighannc
Atlanta, Georgia
"So disappointing "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2019 NEW
From the first moment we arrived, I felt like we were at Disney World on the hottest, most crowded day of the year. The tent over the eating and performance area makes the temperature sweltering inside. Too many people in a small, contained space with over priced “add-ons”, bad food and canned entertainment. The first item on the buffet was macaroni salad - I highly doubt this is a traditional Hawaiian dish. The servers/table hosts were borderline rude and seemed only to exist to herd each table through the buffet line as quickly as possible and then clean all the plastic plates off the tables. There were two gratuitous hula performances before dinner, followed by nearly an hour of island “muzak” to fill the space before the luau performance. I’ve been to Hawaii and a traditional luau before and this one does not even begin to compare. We left early, don’t waste your time or money.
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Chad C
Atlanta, Georgia
"Cheesy tourist trap"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2019 NEW
Son described food as “like the college dorm” which is spot on. Pay $125 and have your photo taken on entry for sale on exit (think Disney Magic Kingdom). “Local artisans” = trinkets unsellable except to drinking tourists. 45 minutes of Hawaiian elevator music after dessert while you await the entertainment. Awful. Touristy nonsense perfectly designed for helpless cruise ship hordes. Skip it.
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mystinef
"Great culture and experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
I really wanted my family to experience the culture of the Hawaiian natives beyond beautiful beaches and a shaka out the window. We were staying on the north shore and drove to the Luau (maybe an hour drive). This was perfect for what I was looking for...everyone loved the welcoming and lei's that were given when greeted. The dancing and story behind the dancing was very cool and definitely represented culture. Food was good (not spectacular but I have some picky eaters and they all seemed to like it) -- plus a lot of options since buffet. I liked that they bring salad and bread to the table before you are served. Drinks I was impressed by - I expected them to be light on alcohol and maybe a limit but it was open bar for a few hours and the drinks were great. The fire dancing was incredible. Glad we went and they got the full experience of Hawaiian culture! I didn't want to spend that kind of money unless it was the best Luau and it was absolutely worth it!
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mhawkins328
"Family luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2019 NEW
This new I was pretty good. The poseable new all that it's been put together extremely well. They have a very big long production which outlines multiple islands in Hawaii and Polynesia. the food was pretty good, this is always served a buffet style. My only complaint with this is that it's very commercialized, there are a lot of people. Your seating may be far away from the center stage, but overall a very good experience. The grounds on which the new I was hell are fantastic, you can spend some time visiting the stores and shops on the site which is always something fantastic to do.
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john r
Los Angeles, California
"Not the best, just OK at best."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2019 NEW
First off, I am NOT a shill for Smith's Luau over in Wailua, the other "best luau in Kauai." This one is definitely not the best. We enjoyed Smith's 6 months ago and my review is online here. We brought an extended family of 12 here to compare, and there was no comparison. First off, the food was just OK, typical luau fare, nothing to write home about. The staff and service was just OK, not rude, but not overly friendly either. The killer in this deal was the heat. Stifling hot, no breeze, unrelenting heat. The show was unique, but again, just OK. It tended to drag in parts, and of course the heat didn't help. To be fair, there were other interesting attractions. We took the train ride with the little kids, and they enjoyed it. But an extra charge. Some went to the rum tasting event, but an extra charge. We had 6 kids in our party and none of them liked the luau food. If not for the restaurant close-by they would have gone home hungry. The chicken tenders and fries were very good, but again, and extra charge. This place is sounding like a cruise ship, nickeling and diming at every turn. Oh yeah, they also sell fans to help with the heat... again for an extra charge. ;-) I can understand the lack of air conditioning in Hawaii, but these luaus are usually set up with some sort of natural breezes. If not, they need fans to move the air around. Neither were here. I noticed an older lady apparently in distress, heat induced I suspect. Several people were fussing around her, but not staff in sight. On the way out of the parking lot we had to give way to a fire engine and ambulance arriving on the grounds. Not sure who that was for, but I have a guess.
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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.