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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Lihue, Hawaii
"Amazing Production & History Lesson"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
This is not your every day Luau. It is a wonderful show that actually tells a story vs just watching one group after the other come out and dance. You can also visit with the actors & dancers afterwards (up close) including getting your photo taken with your favorite ones with your camera or smart phone. The food is ok but created for the masses.
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Brent A
"First Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
My Mom went to this luau on her trip to Kauai and her recommendation did not disappoint. The entertainment was top notch, the food was kid friendly and delicious, and the show was first class. There is really not a bad seat in the house and the food lines went very fast.
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Greensboro nc
"Not a good choice for a luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2017 NEW
We went to this luau as part of an NCL excursion. The setting was ok and the plantation was nice. The show was actually well done but the food was awful and the ambiance was a disappointment. Way too many people seated way too far from the stage to really get into the show. Drinks were weak and limited selection. The dinner service felt like a cattle call with a fine oiled machine running us through the motions. Go for the show but definitely skip the food. Puts a shaming on good Hawaiian food.
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Phyllis B
Mission Viejo, California
"Miss this one!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2017 NEW
Don't know where to start. Been to a number of luaus before. This was such a disappointment and that was before the show began. Hugely commercialized! For the price I would expect better food quality. The place is huge! We were placed in the back of the room -nose bleed section with an estimated 500+ people. Never felt part of or connected to the pre-program singing or music. Hair found on dessert and unlimited drink selection not what it appears to be. Remember free doesn't necessarily mean good. Drinks were cheapest you could buy at the store. Songs and lots of talking but nobody centered so it was easy to be confused as to where the performers were, as they weren't onstage. The show was supposed to begin promptly at 7:15 as the staff announced last call for beverages. We sat for an additional 15 minutes waiting for the show to begin. The servers were quickly whipping our utensils etc off table prior to the show. I don't feel this place cares about the experience, but the bottom line for them. We were sitting with new timers to a luau. They were also very disappointed. I felt bad for them. They will probably never see one again. I told them don't judge by this venue. They announced there are 700 people in attendance! Worse than I thought!! Show was fair and definitely better than dinner. So if I'm going to pay that much again, I would definitely pass up this show and find something more worthwhile for the money.
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"Fun evening, great show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2017 NEW
We attended Luau Kalamaku during our Kauai vacation last week. The evening began with a craft fair of local vendors in the garden. It was a great place to find unique gifts and souvenirs. The evening continued with dinner and the food was pretty good, not great but okay. There were lots of choices including chicken, fish and pork and lots of side dishes. Dinner was followed by a spectacular show that was more elaborate and sophisticated than the typical luau show. It was actually more like a play with a storyline. We really enjoyed the music, costumes and dancing. I could have easily skipped the dinner but the show was great.

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.