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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Vasanta D
Chicago, United States
"Fun! Fun! Fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2018 NEW
We had so much fun! The food was delicious, the people were so friendly and the show was great! I would definitely go back again!
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"Great show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2018 NEW
We were at the luau tonight and it was wonderful! Even with the ua (rain!). She food was great and the show was beautiful and amazing! Love it! Mahalo!
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Ian M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
"Don't wear sandals or open shoes!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2018 NEW
I thoroughly enjoyed th great show. Our group was dining at the Manor House rather than in the pavilion. It was a set meal but was excellent and there was a musician and dancer to entertain us while we ate. However, it was quite some distance from the pavilion, and we arrive after a heavy tropical shower. Nobosy had told us that we would have to walk over a wide grass field to get to the Manor. Everyone with sandals etc ended up with soaked feet! The show itself was fantastic -as others have nmentioned, there was a story to it, and all the performers were excellent in their roles. The fire dancer had our pulses racing with his daring, but I was very impressed with the highly trained staff who ensured that the dramatic fire performances held no danger at all for the udience very reassuring an excellent evening all round, although those with wet feet must ahve had an uncomfortable journey back
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
"Great food and entertainment!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2018 NEW
This was a really nice experience- even if a little pricey. We started with a 45-minute train ride around the Kilohana Plantation and learned some interesting things about the sugar cane history of the area, and attempts to find new crops that to help promote self-sustainability. The buffet was really excellent: a lot of choices of different types of traditional and local foods (some of the best kalua pork we've tasted!), and there were a lot of buffet lines to make the process very expeditious. The dancing was supposed to tell the story of the originals settlers who came from Tahiti. The story line was mostly lost on us, but we enjoyed the colorful costumes and a number of types of hula dancing and fire twirling. the cost was over $100 each- a total of over $250 for the two of us for the night- but everything in Kauai is expensive, and we did get a lot of food and entertainment for our money. We probably wouldn't go again, but we'd recommend it to others as a good way to see good dancing, eat some good food, and learn a little history.
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Alyssa C
"Dinner and a show with 1000 of your closest friends"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2018 NEW
The food was fantastic, particularly traditional dishes such as the kalua pig, and there was plenty of it. We were at a table of ten with another pair of travellers and a family of six, so we made new friends. It's nowhere near a beach, instead it's held inland, on a plantation near the biggest town on the island. The dancing was great, and clearly well rehearsed and performed. The luau wasn't quite what we were expecting- it seemed very commercial and catered for the masses of tourists. We wish we had more time to find another luau.
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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.