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Luau Kalamaku and Buffet Dinner

Lihue, United States

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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Discover the passion and flavors of Hawaii at Luau Kalamaku! Savor a buffet of traditional Hawaiian favorites, beginning with an imu roast pig ceremony. You’ll then be dazzled by a talented troupe of dancers and musicians as they enact legends from Hawaii’s history. The enchanted entertainment includes Polynesian hula dancers, flame throwers and a parade of colorful costumes for a night out in Kauai you won’t soon forget.
  • Round-trip transportation available
  • Located on the grounds of historical Kilohana Plantation
  • Photo session with cast
  • Live music and traditional hula
  • Traditional imu ceremony, where a whole pig is unearthed from an underground oven
  • Open bar service
  • 40-minute train ride on the Kauai Plantation Railway
  • Craft fair featuring Kauai artisans
  • Fresh flower lei greeting
  • An epic performance chronicling the sea voyage between Tahiti and Hawaii
  • Award-winning theatrical dinner show
  • Named "Best Luau Show" by Lonely Planet
Luau Kalamaku has been voted ‘Best Luau Show’ on Kauai by Lonely Planet. To begin your entertaining evening, make your way to the historic Kilohana Plantation, or choose an option that includes hotel pickup. Upgrade to take a ride around the 104-acre (42-hectare) estate on the Kauai Plantation Railway before dinner. Enjoy the lush tropical gardens as you observe traditional Hawaiian crafts and try your hand at some fun island games.

If a dinner option is selected, the feast begins with torch lighting and a Hawaiian imu ceremony, in which a whole roast pig is removed from an underground oven. Dig into a bountiful buffet of island favorites, including mahi mahi, teriyaki chicken, lomi lomi salmon and a variety of local vegetables, fresh fruit and side dishes. Mingle with other guests as you dine, and complete your meal with a delicious tropical drink from the bar (own expense). 

With your appetite satisfied, head inside the Luau Pavilion for an unforgettable show that tells the story of the first Tahitian explorers to land on Hawaiian shores. Watch the mesmerizing tricks of flame twirlers, plus the graceful choreography of Polynesian dancers wearing traditional costumes. Live music accompanies the show, including powerful drumming on instruments handmade by the musicians. 

After the show, you’ll have a chance to meet the performers and take photos before heading back out into the warm Hawaiian night.
Stop At:  
Kilohana Plantation Estate
Your journey begins in the early evening at Kauai’s Kilohana Plantation with craft demonstrations and Hawaiian games. You’ll have the option to ride on the Kauai Plantation Railway (additional cost), the first new railroad built in Kauai in nearly 100 years. Then, witness a traditional imu ceremony, where one of your main courses (pork) is unearthed from an underground oven. You can also order some yummy tropical drinks at the bar (own expense).
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Stop At:  
Luau Kalamaku
Enjoy a scrumptious buffet dinner of lomi-lomi salmon, pork, ono and teriyaki chicken with vegetables and salads. Top it off with some fresh tropical fruit and dessert. After dinner, head to your seats in the Luau Pavilion and watch a colorful performance of traditional Polynesian dancers, fire twirlers and knife dancers. Watch as they paint a vivid story of the journey of the first Tahitian voyagers to the Hawaiian Islands, displaying their hardship, drama and finally triumph. Sit back, relax and become immersed in the state-of-the-art media system and stage design. At the end of the show, you’ll have the opportunity to take photos with the cast!
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What is the maximum group size during Luau Kalamaku and Buffet Dinner?
This activity will have a maximum of 800 travelers.

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  • "When you first arrive you take pictures that you can purchase later for 25." See review
  • "It is a great opportunity to spend a late afternoon with family and loved ones." See review
  • "Paid the extra for gold class sitting - right up front at the stage" See review


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Show was good
, Mar 2020
Show was good but the food selection was not good as expected We opted to take the train in our booking but due to taking this, we miss out viewing the local craft and were rushed into the seating arena by staff.
Fantastic Show
, Feb 2020
This was the best Hawaiian show I have ever seen. It tells the history of the Hawaiian people in eight parts. The fire dance was amazing. The buffet was OK. Alcohol drinks were included in your ticket. There was a small art/craft exhibit and sale before so you could stroll and drink. I would definitely recommend it!
Good Traditional Luau
, Jan 2020
This was a large luau, held in an open-air building. We did the train ride prior to dinner, which was fun. The food was as expected, with a good variety to choose from. The show was fun, although I think it was a little slow-moving for my kids (8-12 yrs old). Overall, it was a good experience that I would recommend for anyone going to Kauai!
Show is great food is not so great
, Jan 2020
I loved the show, the actors are very talented. The only issue I had was the food. I did not eat the entire day because I thought the food was going to be good... it was not good at all. Even the cakes and sweets were terrible. A little 4 year old girl was crying because her mom was making her finish her food. My entire table was pretty upset with the food.
Exceeded expectations
, Jan 2020
Our friends warned us about mediocre food and an OK show, but they did not attend the Luau Kalamaku! What a night! We came with 7 adults and 1 toddler spanning all ages. Everyone in our group: singles, married without kids, parents and retirees were enchanted! The service was excellent, food delicious and varied, and the live music and live theatre were fabulous! We took the train ride, shopped the craft fair, tasted complimentary rum, witnessed the unearthing of the IMU Kalua pig and even came home with a terrific family photo! A must do in Kauai!
Great time and fun hosts!
, Nov 2019
We had a blast at the Luau and enjoyed the people helping us around the property as well. Everyone was friendly and always offering assistance. The show was great and kept our table entertained! We also did the train around the property which was a lot of fun and the animals stole the show.
Breathtaking dancing
, Oct 2019
The train ride was very informative and the driver was personable in spite of the rain he made it a lot of fun feeding the pigs was a highlight for the children. The luau food was excellent and quite a good selection even though it was a buffet we were served basically table by table so the line was very manageable. The outstanding part of the evening was the dancing and the storytelling but most especially the dancers doing fire oh my goodness that was extraordinarily great I think this is a must do you on your vacation to the island of Kawai.
Luau magic!
, Sep 2019
This Luau was a great intro to Hawaii. The food was amazing, loved the local vendors and the show took you to a new world! Very entertaining!
Great Luau show
, Sep 2019
While visiting Kauai with my husband, we attended Kalamaku Buffet and Luau. We really enjoyed the show and the grounds. It was ine of the best shows I have seen.
Good show
, Aug 2019
Food was good, open bar as much as you want and the performers were excellent. Paid the extra for gold class sitting - right up front at the stage

Product code: 5655LUAU

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