Kaua‘i is blessed with beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, and beautiful valleys, perfect for daytime adventures and explorations. But to really experience these Hawaiian Islands, nothing else is quite like the spectacle, the flavor, and the excitement of the authentic Kalamaku luau at the beautiful Kilohana Plantation in Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i. Treat yourself to sweet fruits, slow-roasted succulent meats, and traditional delicacies in a party-like atmosphere on a historic plantation. Relax beneath swaying palm trees as you enjoy traditional Hawaiian entertainment like hula and fire dancing and an incredible modern, multimedia adventure telling the epic tales of the Polynesian voyagers who first came to these islands. From start to finish you will be enthralled by the incredible food, the incredible tale, and the incredible performers who bring it all to life.
The Modern Luau
Combining elements of traditional Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, and Polynesian cultures, luaus are feast, celebration, and party rolled into one. Luau Kalamaku captures the essence of the Hawaiian people and our island culture, allowing you to undertake a journey across the Pacific islands without ever leaving your lauhala mat.
While Hawaiians have always had social, community-oriented societies and feasts, the modern luau was not born as we know it until the 19th century. In 1819, King Kamehameha II put a halt to the Hawaiian tradition of separating men and women at meal time. To commemorate, he also removed the ban on foods previously enjoyed only by the ali`i (elite), and the resulting celebration was the first luau feast as we know it today. Luaus have evolved to reflect elements of each island’s culture, with displays of hula dances to fire spinning to Polynesian knife dancing. Along the way each island contributed its own flair, and the result today is the incredible celebration of life, culture, and food of the Hawaiian people.
A Feast For The Senses at this Kauai Luau
Luaus are a celebration of Hawaiian culture, but a feast that derives its name from a featured dish (lu`au, chicken steamed in taro leaves and coconut milk) better have amazing food. At Luau Kalamaku, the buffet menu will wow you with local favorites and island classics that showcase the best of our island’s flavors. Fresh vegetables and salads and plenty of fresh fruit abound. Your senses will quickly be overloaded with succulent Kalua pork, slow cooked in an imu (underground oven) for hours until it melts in your mouth. Local classics like poi (pounded taro root, a starchy island delicacy) are side by side with modern favorites like macaroni salad, smashed sweet potatoes (they’re purple!), and haupia for dessert. Delicious pan-seared Ono (Wahoo) and vegetarian dishes round out a delicious menu that also features plenty of desserts. Oh yeah, there is an open bar at this Kauai Luau, too.
Kilohana Plantation offers three different packages for enjoying the Luau Kalamaku. The most popular is the Luau package, combining dinner and the show. Guests can instead opt for a gourmet version of traditional luau food with the Plantation Owner’s Evening, or opt to only attend the Kalamaku show.
I Love Hawai‘i prides ourselves on providing you an authentic Hawaiian vacation. Our wide selection of vacation homes and beach rentals across the island are the perfect match to a luau celebration, so be sure to book your feast and your accommodations online today and save!