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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"Best luau in Hawaii - bar none."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
Having lived here for 8+ years and, visited regularly for over 20, we tried almost every luau we could find. Their venue is excellent, the food good, and the drinks un-watered down! You'll get plenty to eat so be sure to wear loose-fitting clothes! Then... to top it off they have one of the best shows going. Professionally done. My wife & have have probably seen this show, no exaggeration here, at least 18 times. (Hey, when visitors come and want to experience a real, authentic luau we take them to the best!) Never disappoints.
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Janine T
"Excellent show and food"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2018 NEW
Food and show were absolutely amazing. The fire dancers and the costumes were spectacular. Waiting staff a bit grumpy and unfriendly which brought my rating down
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Mal and Denise B
Burpengary, Australia
"Story of the islands"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2018 NEW
We attended the buffet dinner and show. Not sure how busy this usually is but we joined 800 fellow-guests from NCL Pride of America this evening. It was quite hot inside. Once seated we were free to take a look at the stalls set up outside which were very nice but very expensive. Table service of bread and salad started right on time and then we were quickly taken to the buffet table to choose from a great range of typical island foods. The food was great and there was more than enough on offer. Salads, fish, chicken, poi, pork and desserts.The show was beautiful, telling a love story of local island life and the fire performance was good. This was not the most spectacular show we have seen but it was very good. As our table was towards the back we did not have a very good view of the stage but we were able to take a seat on a bench nearer to the stage. The opportunity to have photos with cast afterwards was lovely but also quite busy with so many people wanting photos. The entire experience lasted around 3 hours from arrival to leaving.
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North Chicago, Illinois
"Arrival experience very sub-par. Luau show is good compared to others."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 13, 2018 NEW
We reserved the Plantation Owner's Experience - supposedly the VIP level experience for this event. You arrive and are directed to park in the grass. No signs, no staff. There is a long line of people waiting to get through 2 kiosks. When we got to the head of the line, we we told that it was expected we arrive at Gaylord's - a restaurant on the premises. When asked why there were no signs for the "VIP" Plantation Owner's Package reservations a surly large man in a bad Hawaiian shirt merely stated we should have read our reservation email (from 5 months ago) and "know" we were to show up at Gaylord's, where there also were no large signs, only tiny signposts on multi-poles. Once in the restaurant, there was no separation of the "VIP's" and the other restaurant guests - they just seated us and gave us lei's and offered to take pictures for 25.00 per. The dinner is a fixed menu and came quickly. You get unlimited champagne (tasted like cold duck) and other wine is 10.00 per glass of the house white. You then are expected to frequent their shops until they have the costumed men take you over to the actual luau tent for a front row seating. The actual show is good with a story of the original islanders voyaging to Kuwaii and laced with gods and story, The dancers are good and the obligatory fire dancers masterful. If I had to do it again I'd skip the VIP package and just go for the show.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Beautiful Show, Average Food and Beverage Situation"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 13, 2018 NEW
We attended their Tuesday night luau. The show was amazing, with beautiful costumes and set design, talented actors and singers, and impressive lighting and sound. The food was delicious. The Blue Hawaiian and Mai Tai drinks were incredibly sweet and tasty! My first complaint is about the seating. We were seated at table 451 (towards the back) on the same level as the stage (not below the stage on ground level) and couldn't see anything happening below the actors/dancers waist-level (which was surprisingly a lot.) Most of our table had to stand to see the show. My other complaint had to do with the hurriedness of the buffet / coffee & dessert service. We felt rushed during the buffet portion. It may have been because our table was one of the last to go get dinner, but it seemed like we barely had time to get dessert and coffee before they cut everything off for the show. We also had very little time to walk the length of the place to get to the ONE bar before it also shut down. The one-drink-at-a-time limit was incredibly frustrating (my mom is disabled and we had to shuttle drinks back and forth for her) as was showing my ID every time I went up to get a drink. I'd rather have some sort of stamp on my hand to confirm my age than have to carry around my driver's license all night. Tips: Add another bar on the other side of the event. Bring dessert sampling and coffee to tables or have smaller dessert carts nearer the tables so they can stay available during the show (and not create an issue with people getting up and disturbing the performance.) Add 15 minutes to the buffet service. Let people move up closer to the show if there are open seats. Raise the stage height so everyone can see.
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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.