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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.


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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 a guests a chance to travel through the105-acre historic Kauai Plantation. Your conductor will guide you along historic plantation homes, travel through a low land forest, and view endless fruit fields. Then disembark to feed a herd of wild pigs, goats & sheep.

Schedule Times:
5:00 - 6:30 Craft demonstrations & Hawaiian Games
5:30 - 6:10 Ride the Kauai Plantation Railway (optional)
6:15 - 6:30 Imu Ceremony
6:30 - 7:30 Dinner with Live Music & Traditional Hula
7:30 - 8:15 Main show - Kalamaku
8:15 - 8:30 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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TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2017 NEW
The reviews were deceiving in that the luau/food was supposed to excellent, locally produced, but was barely adequate. The place was very loud with everyone talking above the MC. She couldn't be heard above the crowd and her voice was muffled through the microphone. This was the case throughout the dinner and the pre-show. The show was excellent. But didn't make up for the pre-show issues.
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Marietta, Georgia
"Terrific show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2017 NEW
We did the Plantation Owners Evening package. Unfortunately, the parking lot attendant and the greeter did NOT know where the Plantation Owner package folks were supposed to go, so ended up in the wrong parking lot and stood in line until I found someone who pointed us to the correct location. The dinner was fine (was not what was listed on the website), but the quality was good. Shops were what you would expect. I did enjoy the private torchlit walk to the theater and the seats were worth the price. The show is different than other luaus and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Would highly recommend the show. The dinner option is up to you and your requirements. We enjoyed sitting at a table for two at Gaylord's, versus eating with the multitude of people at the buffet.
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Lo R
East Northport, New York
"Very nice!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2017 NEW
We booked this luau based on the reviews of others. It was a little deceiving telling us the luau began at 5p. It didn't. Once we were ushered in, we were told there were vendors that were awaiting us and the open bar was available. About 6pm we were told the buffet was open. The food was plentiful and was typical of buffets on the island; not the best meal, but adequate. However, the show was terrific and kept our attention especially when the fire acrobatics began. Everything ended about 8:30. We then began the process of viewing the pictures taken of us that were for sale and getting out of the parking lot, which took a long while. An enjoyable evening!
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Kodiak Island, Alaska
"In Kauai this is the Luau you MUST see! Fantastic!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2017 NEW
My husband and I took a seven day cruise in Hawaii and one of the island we moored up to was Kauai. Lovely place. We did not want to leave. Anyway, wanted to go to a luau and the Kalamaku was highly recommended. So glad we went. There were various shops to check out and there is a train that tours the grounds for an extra fee. The stage is in the center of this huge covered area. The tables where setup very nicely and you serviced your self ( eat as much as you want) . The performances were A M A Z I N G!!!! If you have the chance to go to this luau, you will not regret it. The only regrets you would have is if you knew about it and didnt go. Fantastic!
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Seattle, Washington
""Theatrical" is a correct descripton. We refered to it as the "circle of life luau" for the rest of our trip."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2017 NEW
This is not your traditional Luau. It is set "in the round" which for our table made it difficult to see. They allow cell phones (pictures and video) so we actually had a better vie of the show thru the guy in front of us phone than we did from our seats. It is very theatrical and is supposed to tell the story of one family's journey to the islands. It was very Disney-esque and we referred to as the "circle of life luau" for the rest of our trip. That said, I enjoyed the inclusion of the traditional male dances, but did not understand a lot of what was going on. The narration was not very helpful. The location was lovely. The rum tasting, gift shop, and pre-event shopping area were lovely and well priced. The food was decent and the drinks (while a little weak) were good. Our table had a good time, but we will be going to a more traditional luau next time.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lu`au Kalamaku

How early should I arrive?
You will want to arrive around 5pm 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 5:30pm 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.