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

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Petro Grif
Sacramento, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Unforgettable"
October, 2018 NEW
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
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"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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bkp21
Frankfort, Illinois
"Great show, okay food"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2018 NEW
Go for the show, expect when feeding hundreds of people that the food will just be okay. Decent drinks, but the show makes it special.
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polarbearx
Manhattan Beach, California
"Don't recommend. There are much better luaus"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2018 NEW
The best feature of this very expensive experience was the bus ride from Princeville to the Kilohana plantation near Lihue. On arrival we first took the Railway tour which was interesting but were returned late to the Luau site and missed the Imu Ceremony. On reaching our table of 10, all the salad was eaten and it took over 10 minutes to get a refill. Meanwhile, we got Mai Tais from the bar and found them with way to much alcohol with little taste. Could not also get a Mai Tai for my wife. Only allowed one at a time. Had to make two trips. For an open bar, this made no sense. (Our airline had much better ones.) Dinner was a call-by-table buffet line and we found the food poorly prepared and way too salty. Best dish on the buffet was the overcooked teriyaki chicken. Then the show. We paid extra for a good table on the front row but had very poor viewing as we were on an isle that had to be kept clear. The show was not traditional luau but a story about departed love and a search for a new land. Parts were OK but for the most part it was flat and not very interesting. We enjoyed our one hour bus ride back to Princeville.
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HistoryGirl_8
Los Altos, CA
"The very best luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2018 NEW
Phenomenal performances. Good food, open bar. Over the last 30+ years I have come to the Hawaiian. Islands I have been to too many luaus, not my choice but with4 guests. Luau Kalamaku is the very best. The organization is great. Don't know how they do it.
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Jen S
"Beautiful Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2018 NEW
The show was beautiful, the food was good. But it was so hot inside the dining/seating area. It wasn’t hot outside but there is no airflow. Ceiling fans would make this place fantastic!!
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evelenawiebe
Leamington, Canada
"Noce evening"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2018 NEW
Had a nice evening here! This was our first luau and the show was really good! We chose this one because they offered transportation from our resort for $12 which worked best for us so we both could have a few drinks. They offer a train ride around the plantation which was nice to see but would not go on train a 2nd time but would go back for the luau dinner and show!!
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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.