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

3 Reviews
JILLIAN SCHULTZ
OklAHOMA CITY, OK
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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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Dan H
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
"Well worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2018 NEW
This was a informative and fun place to visit. The train tour was not that long but packed full of sites and humor from the staff. Then dinner was ready. It was delicious. And we had a show while we ate. After dinner it was time for the luau. We was escorted to the show and had front row seats. I would highly recommend seeing this show.
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Jexica H
"Our First Luau and it was Great!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018 NEW
We really enjoyed this luau! The price was fair, the ranch was beautiful, the proximity to our hotel was great, the food was good, open bar was an awesome surprise, and the show was very entertaining and beautiful. They obviously know what they're doing and are great at making you feel welcome and part of the ohana. I would definitely recommend this luau:)
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shawmel
Maple Valley, Washington
"Wonderful show!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2018 NEW
We did the extra package and ate at Gaylord’s which was very good but not really the type of luau food/atmosphere we were looking for. Would not recommend that restaurant for families with small children. The show was terrific, very professionally done. You could see the attention to detail and we loved the camaraderie of the cast members—it was plain to see that they loved performing and their land. Skip Gaylord’s restaurant and save it for another night
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Sammel
CA
"Great performance - too theatrical for us"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2018 NEW
We were disappointed in the fact we enjoy the dancing; this luau was more of a theatrical performance with little dancing of the islands. Fire dancing was good. We would not go again, too many people, very crowded and loud, and everything is in doors. We prefer the beach luau setting.
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CigarIndian
San Francisco, California
"Different and interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 15, 2018 NEW
I am not generally a fan of luaus, but our daughter wanted to go, so we went to this one. Aside from the usual tourist trap shopping before hand (photo shots, local trinkets, etc) and the heavy all you can drink bar, this luau surprised me (in a positive manner) in a few ways. The story line was different and interesting. It's not just the cheesy dancing from all parts of Polynesia wrapped up. They tell the story of the migration to Hawaii, showing the different dances of various regions throughout the show. They had all vegetarian items marked as so, and there were 3-4 heavier dishes (not just salads) for us veggies. Did not have to survive on poi and mai tais alone! The seating was all close, and they had live musicians who were all super talented and played in a very cohesive manner. If you have to go to a luau , this is the one to do.
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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.