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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.

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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Danielle F
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
"The show was amazing!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2017 NEW
We went for our Luau the 2nd night we were here and it was so much fun. They had a craft fair going in before dinner which was nice. They had an open bar which was great. The buffet was good and had variety with pork chicken and fish all prepared different ways. The show was definitely amazing the dancers really seemed to enjoy it and I loved the fire dancers, all of them. Soooo amazing.
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Jim D
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
"Luau Kalamaku"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2017 NEW
We've been to a couple luaus and this is by far the best venue and food quality. Only draw back is it's not on the beach and we were very hot being under roof. All said if rainy weather this would have been much better. Food was excellent and drinks were much better than the gotcha venue's. We really enjoyed everything.
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Charmaine K
Scottsdale, Arizona
"Amazing Show!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2017 NEW
The show was amazing. The food wasn't spectacular, but there was plenty of variety. I would recommend doing a package that includes a table close to the stage.
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San Jose, California
"Allow plenty of time to enjoy!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 10, 2017 NEW
I vacillated between rating this between a 2 and a 4. I lean towards an overall 3, but if you haven't been to a luau before, or want a bit of a cultural experience, they do have a variety of things to do, then it is worth trying out. What makes me lean towards a 2 star-rating was the food, which is what you mainly think of with a luau. Much of the food looked like it came from Costco or a cafeteria, with macaroni salad loaded with mayo, and many unappetizing-looking dishes. We had been directed by one of the staff to go stand by the pit where they'd pull out the pig, and so when we got to our table after this, we found that there had been a salad bowl there to eat communally, which was empty, and quartered pineapples that had 2 tiny slices left. I asked if we could get some salad, which would have much improved our meal, since I prefer fresh, whole foods, and we eventually were given a bowl with lettuce and tomatoes in it, but not the salad everyone else got. And, I had high expectations of the food at this luau, as I'd eaten at Gaylord's before, where this was held, and our meal had been excellent then. This was mass-produced, low quality food. They served 2 main drinks - Mai Tai's & Blue Hawaiians (plus standard drinks; but no blended drinks). I thought the Mai Tai's were ok, and did not care for the Blue Hawaiians at all, but others at my table seemed to like them. We had thought of going a couple hours early, as we thought there was a lot to see there. Our concierge at our hotel made a face, and said we didn't need to go early. We shouldn't have listened to her. There are shops at Gaylords, there is a train that goes around the plantation, there is rum tasting (worth doing if you enjoy rum) -- all before entering the luau. We found out the train ride is about 45 minutes, and they said if we took it, we would miss them pulling out the pig, and the beginning of the luau. So, if you want to get your full money's worth, and full experience, get there a couple hours early, or find out the times of the train-plantation tour before you go. The positives: - Greeted with an orchid lei - They have vendors with stalls of various goods -- some quite nice (2 with products to prevent or treat mosquito bites; which you may need there!) - The show is quite good, including, what I was told, was the best fire-breather on the island - Rum tasting experience was nice, along with the background of rum-making (although, extremely hot in that room, which detracted from the experience) There are between 750 - 850 people at the luau. It is well organized (with the exception of the timing & information regarding the train-plantation tours), so you don't feel crammed in. Because Kauai is a quieter island, with less to do, if you haven't been to a luau, or just want a little more of a Hawaiian-culture experience, I'd go to this luau. We were told it is the best on the island. I've been to others, on other islands, and had better, and others not as good. Our price was $108 per person. For that price, I'd expect to enjoy the food, which I did not, but it was an enjoyable evening, on the whole. Food: 2 star Show: 4 star Rum Tasting: 4 star Variety of things to do: 5 star
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Stef G
Indianapolis, Indiana
"Absolutely amazing experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 10, 2017 NEW
My family and I did the plantations owners dinner and show.i would highly recommend the plantation owners dinner. The service, food, torch walk to the show, and the front row seating was so great. We we're truly blown out of the water with such a great experience. The show was so great! There are great shops there too, we ended up going back to buy more before we left. I would highly recommend this!!
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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.