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

4 Reviews
Anjela Eubank
North Augusta, SC
1 Review
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"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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January, 2018
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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
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"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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Hormigueros, Puerto Rico
"Kauai , Luau Kalamaku Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2018 NEW
In our stop to Kauai from our cruise NCL Pride of America we had this unique experience taking the Luau Kalamaku tour. It was something so excited and cultural that I’ll never forget. First when we arrived there along with our group, we were welcome with a snails collar, something which is a tradition in Hawaii welcoming people (for men snails, for woman flowers). Then we did a little tour around the place to see what was going on. There were a lot of sellers doing business selling their articles. At others sites you could find bars where you can exchange tickets for drinks. Afterwards the dinner, buffet style, was ready and you just have to go there and take whatever you like. The sits and tables were already assigned which was well organized. And after dinner the show must go on... Spectacular activity were historical Hawaiian dances were shown. Everything was like a legend brought to us by an acting dance with traditional Hawaiian clothes and dances. The Luau Kalamaku, Bravo!!! Was something wonderful and cherish to remember forever. After everything finished everybody gets organized to take the different buses that come to pick you up and take you back to the ship. Something that will linger in my memory is that while we were in the bus, the driver makes us sing a fragment of a Hawaiian song which everybody sang. Felt like you would like to come back again someday. Great experience!!! Aloha.
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"Last day Luau Kalamaku"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2018 NEW
We left this Luau as the last activity that we did the day before we left Kauai (and ended our vacation) and it was very enjoyable. Besides the show being very colorful and festive, the food and drink was plentiful and pretty good. Also they had local vendors selling their Hawaiian made items before the show, which we found to be reasonably priced and did a lot of our souvenir shopping there.
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Linda C
"Wonderful Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2018 NEW
I have seen other similar shows, but this was absolutely the best! Because we had a 9-mo. old, we only attended the fire show. Our group of 8 ranged in age from college-bound to senior citizen, plus our baby. All thoroughly enjoyed the evening! We were introduced to captivating legend and to the culture of Kauai, all the while being entertained with class and professionalism! The story line was easy to follow and the program brochure enhanced our understanding. I love the fact that this was a "story", not just a compilation of dances. Our college-aged grandkids even put aside their cell phones! I highly recommend this event. It was well worth the cost.
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Gail B
"Hawaiian luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2018 NEW
Didn’t care for. Was way too crowded and felt like an assembly line buffet. Food was average. Took place in a tent and was very hot even though a nice night. Best part was “the show” If doing again, I would look for a luau on the beach that is more intimate, involves the attendees.
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Lake Forest, California
"Good show, good food, generous drinks"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2018 NEW
Before the show, there are vendors on the grounds offering all sorts of different things, most of which were reasonably priced. The open bar was very generous in their pours and moved the lines along. The food was buffet style, very large selection, tasted good but otherwise unremarkable. The seating/eating area is very large and covered, so if it rains you'll be okay, but some seats are definitely better than others. The show is told in story fashion with live music. The costumes, music, choreography and fire dancers were very entertaining. Overall, a very nice experience and priced right, especially if you take advantage of the bar.
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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.