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
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
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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ProjectMayhem
West Palm Beach, Florida
"Rushed Stressful Vibe w/ Good Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2018 NEW
I think the experience was average because the show was good—especially the fire performers. But overall, we left the luau feeling duped. The concierge at our hotel kept pushing this very expensive Luau and the all you can eat/drink package over the other luaus, but there is no reason to go for the food, which wasn’t special—although the pork was good. The bus was an hour late and we arrived at 6PM instead of 5PM. The open bar was closed by by about 7PM and It was a struggle to get drinks while the bar was open because of the one at a time policy. Our entire meal was rushed and the dessert and coffee bar were shut down before we finished our meals. Go for the show if you want to see an interesting story—albeit not a traditional luau. DO NOT go if you’re looking for a delicious dining experience or more than a couple drinks. Also, there is no reason to pay for the bus transport if you have a rental car...you will not have time to have enough drinks to impair your ability to drive. We felt suckered by this experience.
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tvandermeer
"Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2018 NEW
Great place very welcoming loved the train ride around the plantation, the seating was 10 per round table and the food was very good and the show was amazing best one on the island.
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PeterB8343
Lacombe, Canada
"ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC SHOW!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2018 NEW
I used capital letters to let you know how happy we were with the luau show at this location. It was incredible! We can only reference one other luau we attended on Maui, but I have to let you know how happy we were here. The show followed a story line which made it more interesting. The dancers and their costumes were fantastic. They have done this for some time already and that is obvious as it all went very smoothly from check in to the location of the table, food service etc. Lots of staff on hand to ensure it went well! The food was great and tasted very good. Open bar was never too busy which was appreciated. The local marketers on site were of great quality which was a treat and you felt you would buy products that would be worth it! We will certainly do this again. Keep in mind we paid $107.50 USD per person, so it was a splurge for us and possibly for you.
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Ed B
"Professional Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 25, 2018 NEW
As a tourist, this Luau exceeded my expectations. The facility is large accommodating many hundreds of guests at tables that hold 10. Table assignment is by order of reservation, so reserve early. We were seated with 2 other families that were enjoyable to meet and chat with. The stage is centered among all tables, so even distant tables have a decent view. The facility is also covered, so weather is not a factor. The buffet food was good, but not the highlight of the evening. During the entire evening, a live band performed all types of music. During the Luau portion, a cohesive story was told. The lighting, costumes, props, music and performers had a professional quality about them. The climax of the performance featured a fire dancer that was one of the best we have seen. All in all, it was a very memorable evening.
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jasonrH2290LB
Libertyville, Illinois
"Fantastic show!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 24, 2018 NEW
The show was amazing and all the performers were great. The food is served buffet style and is okay with an open bar but you just have to realize that fact. The seating is a bit cramped and under a cover probably due to all the brief rain showers so it does get warm in the venue during dinner and the 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.