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.
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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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"Great evening with family"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
Visited with my husband, my parents, my sister and her boyfriend. Had a great evening! Even my Dad had fun😋 We got there early. We shopped and enjoyed the rum tasting. Then we got family photos taken and we did more shopping at a small local artisans fair. We bought the luau package with the train ride. Another great experience! It was as the sun set. We fed pigs.....lots of pigs!! Saw many plants and other animals plus you can get drinks before you hop aboard!! Chooo-chooo!!! Luau drinks flowed all night. Food was great! Traditional and delicious. Show was captivating. I was lucky enough to be sitting on the aisle where the show was entering and exiting. It was a great experience. We sat with a family with two kids under 3. Kids were enthralled!! Mahalo for a perfect evening!!
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fremont ca
"Wonderful show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
Upon arrival here both my husband and myself were highly disappointed, so many people (can hold up to 1,100 !!). So touristy. The vendors were so and so, not that many and all selling the same thing at rather high costs. They lined everyone up for photos, but this we dodged!! We did have good seating since we booked well in advance and the system they used for the food line worked, however the food was very mediocre and very forgettable. However having said all of that when the show began it was amazing. They tell a story as to how the Polynesians came to the Islands. The dancing was very reminiscent of the dancing we saw in Tahiti. Wish that part had been longer.
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"Horrible Food"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
This buffet had the worst food ever. Don't go if you are a low sodium/salt diet. The pork tasted like it was soaked in brine! We complained to the manager but he lied to us and said "well I've had 10 people, no 4 people tell me it was the best they've ever had." We had to leave after the extremely salty food made us sick. I asked for a refund and the manager said ... I hope you enjoyed the show! We didn't even get to see the show!!!
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West Jordan, Utah
"Great food, great drinks, great show!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2017 NEW
My wife and I loved this! Wish it was longer! The food was great, the drinks were flowing, and all the venders had so much to offer. We bought some hand made necklaces that we could find anywhere else on the island!
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McGehee, Arkansas
"Fun memorable evening celebrating our 40th anniversary"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2017 NEW
We enjoyed the Plantation Owner's dinner very much - lovely restaurant, super nice atmosphere, lots of champagne, delicious meal and a terrific waiter made the evening very special. Fun to be personally escorted to our front row luau seats! The luau entertainment was fabulous -- all-Hawaiian cast - extremely talented!! We loved every minute!!!!! Highly recommend!!!!
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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.