Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana

Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana - An Authentic Way to Celebrate Hawaiian Culture
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana is located on a plantation built in 1896, and it's a great place to see the story of Hawaii come to life. Complete with hula dancers, knife twirlers, and the traditional imu ceremony, guests leave with a better understanding and appreciation of what life is (and was) like on the islands. There are also a number of other options to enjoy the grounds, including free tours of the restored mansion or custom private parties. 

- The Local Expert Team

A luau in Hawaii is more than just a classic way to experience the state. From the food to the show, this is a way to take part in the culture on a deeper level. At Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana, the spectacle is secondary. The show is rooted in the very fabric of the islands and the people who came before. 

You’ll see how people made the trip between Tahiti and Hawaii, completing one of the longest voyages of the Polynesian islands. It’s their courage that planted the seeds of the islands we know today, and you’ll see all the drama unfold right before your eyes.

The grace of the dancers and the fire of the knife twirlers blend together for an incredible night you’ll never forget. You’ll also witness the imu ceremony, where a roasted pig is unearthed from the ground for the feast. Dishes are largely sourced from nearby Kauai farms, bringing you fresh flavors you’ll have to taste to believe. 

This show takes place on an old plantation, one that would change the landscape of the island. The estate dates back to the late 1800s, when it was settled by a cattle rancher. In 1936, Kauai would see its first mansion when a 16,000 sq. ft. stunner was built on the grounds. Today, nearly half the original furniture remains and the vegetation was meticulously planted to match the original garden plans. 

At Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana, there are several packages available to enjoy this famous event. 

Luau Kalamaku Package 
This is the most popular package and includes the following:

  • Buffet-style luau feast 
  • Open bar 
  • Hula dancers 
  • Fire knife dancing 
  • Fire poi ball twirlers 
  • Local artisan crafts for purchase 

This package is popular not just for its delectable food, but also for its talented performers. From the cast to the musicians to the creative team, it’s the details of the story-telling that make for a memorable experience. 

The Plantation Owners Evening Luau 
If you’d prefer a more customized tour of Hawaiian fare, consider the Plantation Owner’s package:

  • Flower lei greeting 
  • Champagne toast 
  • Live music 
  • Premier seating 
  • 4-course meal at Gaylord’s Restaurant 
  • Free drinks before the show 
  • Fire knife dancing 
  • Fire poi ball twirlers 

Gaylord’s Restaurant is located on a 60-acre orchard and agricultural show, and you’ll be front-and-center to see it all with this package’s premier seating. 

Luau Only 
If you’d prefer to see just the luau, this package includes reserved seating as well as a beverage of your choice (typically a Mai Tai). While you won’t eat the traditional feast, you will see the epic storytelling of the luau. As the sun sets and the cast takes center stage, you’ll watch history come to life right before your eyes. 

A luau in Hawaii is an adventure, and few embrace this more than Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana. Dubbed pa’inas in days of yore, the cast and staff love to welcome guests with open arms (sometimes literally)! Even if you’ve seen a production in the state before, we recommend trying this unique experience on your next trip. 

Insider Tips:
-Luau Kalamaku at Kilohana offers a number of shuttle options to and from popular locations, including Poipu, Koloa, Kapa’a, and Princeville areas.
-There are a variety of shopping opportunities available both on the grounds and at the luau’s craft fair. 
-The resort hosts private events, including weddings, concerts, private luaus, graduations, and corporate retreats.  
-We recommend booking well in advance to reserve seats, but there are also waitlists available too.