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Luau Kalamaku in Lihue, Kauai, HI

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


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

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Terry W.
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.
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.
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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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
"Entertainment Plus"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2017 NEW
We travelled with a group of 26 persons to the Luau. We had pre-booked previously through Discount Hawaii and when we arrived we had tables reserved for us beside the stage. The food was typical Luau food and was excellent. The show was the story of the Polynesian people discovering Hawaii and was excellent. After the show the performers greeted the people attending and gave photo opportunities.
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Ruben H
Albuquerque, New Mexico
"Luau At Its Best"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2017 NEW
This was my first experience of a traditional Luau. We were warmly greeted and show to our seats. The event was under a large roof with plenty of openings throughout the facility. If it rains, then this facility is ideal wet of dry depending on the weather. It was a very joyful atmosphere. The buffet was excellent. The variety on their desert was great. The Luau was a wonderful production with excellent commentary and wonderful dancing by all cast members. The fire dancers were thrilling and very exciting to watch. What a wonderful story line. The group KaWili that played for the entire event was just as fantastic. I bought one of their CD's and enjoy the flavor of Hawaii that it brings. Don't miss this Luau Kalamaku if your looking for a wonderful Hawaiian experience. Well done. 5 Stars event.
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Houston, Texas
"Excellent Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2017 NEW
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Resort in Poipu, which also has a luau. However, based on their mixed reviews, we decided to drive the 30 minutes to Luau Kalamaku. It was well worth the drive! Overall, the food was pretty good, but they pig and rice pudding with rum sauce really stood out. We had plenty of time to get seconds too. Instead of just a series of dances and displays, Kalamaku puts on a dramatic show that tells a story with dances, singing, and props on a stage in the middle for all to see. It was a much more engaging and beautiful show than the luaus I have been to before. It is a large venue, so it is worth it to pay the extra money, as we did, to get seats at a table near the stage. We also paid more for a train ride around the plantation, which was mildly interesting. It was nice that they had an open bar and you could take drinks on the train ride. It is also worth noting that this luau is all covered, so any rain would not interfere with your enjoyment. The one at the Grand Hyatt is outdoors, weather permitting, but moved into a conference center if it threatens to rain - a very boring venue and the main reason for their mixed reviews. The venue at Kalamaku is designed for all weather entertainment.
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Florence, South Carolina
"Luau night"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2017 NEW
We did the Tuesday night luau. It is on the grounds of Kilihano Plantation. As you turn into the property, you are directed to the parking. Next to check in. Bring your reservation confirmation. The earlier you book, the closer to the main stage. You can pay more for stage tables, but our table was perfect at no extra cost. Vendors from the island are outside with some really neat made in Hawaii or Kauai. There are 2 open bars,drinks included. 2 buffet lines filled with Hawaiian foods. The food was ok. There was a band, hula instruction, dancers and then the luau story of Kalamaku. This was theater production quality. I highly recommend this luau. It is well managed and organized. Enjoy!
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Plano, Texas
"Good Food and Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2017 NEW
This is a nice Luau and worth the price of the "gold" seating where we felt the heat from the fire dancers. Typical luau buffet that was okay and free flowing drinks that were good. Show had nice costumes and "story". Very touristy but well run.

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.