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

Kauai Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Petro Grif
Sacramento, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
October, 2018
Out of all luaus I visited this one honestly was the best. Very professional entertainment. Excellent food. Very organized and friendly stuff..
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Tip: Be patient with long lines.

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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
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Phippsburg, Maine
"A tough choice"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2019 NEW
This is one of the larger luaus. The entertainment is more of a show about the culture and founding of the Hawaiian Islands. The show is colorful and energetic. The cast is good and well rehearsed. There is the ritual ceremony of cooking the pig. Don't worry, that pig does not feed 1000 people. Plenty of good food and drink. Because it is so large we took a shuttle bus. They can handle the crowd. The "check in" was smooth and you were assigned your table. Plenty of craftspeople on the grounds to show and sell their goods. If you signup early you could have a rum tasting. (but why with an open bar) We had great seats, but the show is in the round and the cast plays to each section.
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Cleveland, Ohio
"Beware. Where’s the value???"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
We purchased the Plantation Owners package. For this you pay around $120 pp for the luau and show and then another $40 some dollars pp to upgrade. Now would you expect to get some of the food from the Hawaiian luau dinner to try? Nope! You don’t. You get very small portions of another dinner. In fact, we got the Pacific Crabcakes. That’s plural...cakes...right?? Nope. You get one crab cake the size of a 50 cent piece. Gaylord’s should be embarrassed and ashamed to serve this insult on a full sized plate. Ribs had very little meat and Ahi tuna was in total about four ounces. We spoke to others who made this purchase who felt the same way. In fact, one young couple asked if we knew of any restaurant in the area where they could get some authentic Hawaiian food the next day. It is truly hard for me to believe that Gaylord’s would stoop this low. They really should be ashamed to take advantage of innocent people. Maybe we all missed something.......... very sad!
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"Luau Kalamazoo Plantation Owners Evening"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
My wife & I didn’t feel the dinner @ Gaylord’s was worth it. Didn’t feel real welcome at Gaylord’s. Everything was paid in advance....... except alcohol and 2 choices on menu. Next time ,we will visit Gaylord’s & order off the menu without the package. We have been to better shows.
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Donna H
Columbus, Nebraska
"Very disturbing evening"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2019 NEW
I was very excited for our luau. We did the bus, so we could enjoy the open bar. But it was unfortunate that some over indulged in the open bar. We had a man at the next table that made it impossible to enjoy the show. I even moved to the other side of the table, but then he just bothered my friend and still me. My friend did contract security and they said they would watch him. At one point they had to come rushing in to put him back in his seat. They then seat with us. Never could enjoy the show. So very expensive for a dinner. Maybe an open bar is not a good idea.
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Webberville, Michigan
"Amazing Luau!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2019 NEW
What an amazing experience! I was greeted with a flower lei and my husband with a shell necklace. We had our portrait taken and bought them later in the evening because they were amazing pictures! We loved looking through all of the local artisan's wares. The Mai Tais were really good.
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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.