Venue logo Kauai Kilohana Estate, Lihue, Kauai

Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana Plantation

Take a scenic train ride through the historic Kilohana Plantation then sit back and enjoy a one-of-a-kind, award-winning stage production.

Luau Kalamaku dancers smile on stage in elaborate costumes.
Dancers in Grass Costumes at Luau Kalamaku on Kaui, Hawaii
Plates of delicious Hawaiian cuisine
Dramatic scene from the Luau Kalamaku Luau, Lihue, Kauai.
A fire-knife dancer sets the stage on fire.
A train engine and passenger car at former sugar plantation.
A bay horse by a fence on the Kilohana Plantation scenic train tour, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii.
Wooden interior of an empty train car on the Kilohana Plantation, Lihue, Hawaii.


    • Held on a picturesque & historic plantation
    • Tour the grounds, restored mansion, and shops
    • Traditional Imu (earth oven) ceremony
    • Add-on a train tour around the estate
    • Craft fair featuring local artisans
    • Buffet Dinner featuring locally sourced and traditional Hawaiian foods
    • Theatrical Show featuring music, hula, and fire knife dancing
    • Open Bar serving your favorite drinks
    • Round trip transportation available

Amenities & Add-ons

Cultural Activities/Games

Professional photos


Fire Knife Dance


Imu Ceremony

Live Music

Food & Drink


Complimentary Drinks

Serves Alcohol




Nature/Natural Surroundings

Luau Kalamaku: A One-of-a-Kind Experience

Luau Kalamaku is located on the historic Kilohana Plantation near Lihue. The estate was first established in the late 1800s by the Wilcox family, descendants of American missionaries. This former cattle ranch and sugar cane plantation remains a working plantation today. The agricultural park boasts a 60-acre orchard, plus other crops, and livestock. Many ingredients served at the luau are either grown right on the property or sourced from other local farms. In addition to farm-to-table dining, Luau Kalamaku also promotes local artisans and local products.

Kilohana Plantation Railway

Luau Kalamaku guests can explore the gardens and grounds on foot or hop aboard the open-air, wooden train and take a guided tour of the plantation for an additional charge. The Kilohana Plantation Railway is one of only two heritage railways on Kauai.

On the train, you’ll get to see most of the 104-acre property and learn a bit more about the plantation’s history. The train also climbs through a portion of the property that is a rainforest and will even make a stop along the way so that you can pet and feed the animals. The train leaves the depot at 5:30 pm and rolls back into the station just in time for the imu and torch lighting ceremony.

Pre-Dinner Activities

In addition to taking the train tour, there are a lot of other things to see and do before dinner starts. Guests are free to wander through the original mansion, the first of its kind to be built on Kauai. The Tudor-style home now houses several specialty boutiques, art galleries, and the award-winning Gaylord’s restaurant. There is also an outdoor craft fair where you can meet and watch local artisans at work. And don’t forget about the open bar serving all your favorite tropical drinks plus local beer, wine, and spirits.

Hawaiian Luau Feast

After you’ve had time to explore, Luau Kalamaku Luau guests are called to participate in the imu ceremony where the roasted kalua pig is removed from the in-ground oven. The luau buffet dinner follows the imu ceremony. Family-style seating is located inside an open-air pavilion. Hula dancers, accompanied by musicians playing Tahitian rhythms, will perform while you dine on kalua pork, poi, and other traditional Hawaiian luau foods.

Evening Luau Performance: “Kalamaku”

After dinner, settle in for Luau Kalamaku’s award-winning show “Kalamaku“. This is a forty-minute original stage production featuring music, hula dancing, fire knife dancing, and flaming poi balls. The show tells the story of a family’s epic sea voyage from Tahiti to Kauai, while also paying homage to Polynesian mythology.

The quality of stage production and choreography in this dramatic show is exceptional. This luau show is also unique because it tells a complete story from start to finish rather than simply presenting a showcase of performances that represent various Polynesian islands. The exciting and fiery finale to “Kalamaku” is one that you won’t soon forget or be able to experience elsewhere.

After the show, guests are allowed to meet and take photos with the performers.

Getting There

Luau Kalamaku offers round-trip transportation, with multiple pick-up areas throughout the islands. Shuttles can pick up guests in the central area (Kapa’a), north (Princeville), and south shore (Poipu).

The Luau Kalamaku on the Kilohana Plantation is located just outside of Lihue on the Kaumualiʻi Highway, toward the Kauaʻi Community College. The address is:

3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9505

Parking at Luau Kalamaku

There is free parking at the venue, right next to the manor house.

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Special Considerations

  • Open availability for Tuesday and Friday nights.  Other nights may be available by calling us directly at (808) 900-6065.
  • Gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian menu options are available.
  • Most areas are accessible, the main seating area is covered and located on a concrete foundation.
  • The stage show’s dramatic and fiery finale might be a bit too scary for very young children.


Please Note:

Menu is subject to change without notice.

Luau Kalamaku reserves the right to cancel or modify the show for weather or safety-related issues.

Privacy Policy:

We will not sell, share, or in any way release your personal information to any unrelated third parties.

Refund Policy:

Customers will receive a full refund with 48 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

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