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Take Your seat and Revel in an Authentic Kalamaku Plantation Luau on Kauai

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Kauai is the north-easternmost of the major Hawaiian islands. It is also one of the least commercialized, so within just a few minutes’ drive of the airport you are surrounded by rich tropical rainforest and volcanic mountains.

Kalamaku Plantation is totally unique

How many plantations do you know that have their own private railway running throughout it. Here at the Kalamaku Plantation one of the greatest attractions beyond the authentic luau, or ‘pa’inas’ as they used to be called in Polynesian, is the plantation railway, with its traditional mahogany passenger cars. What better way to explore the expanse of this wonderful Hawai’ian plantation than in style?

What’s so special about the luau at the Kalamaku Plantation on Kauai?

It is probably fair to say that some luaus on Hawaii are not quite as authentic as they should be, but you can’t say that about the ones on the Kalamaku Plantation. One of the main reasons for that is that they are only held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, which helps to keep the performances ‘fresh’.


As for what is on offer, well you have a combination of entertainment, food and drink.


How about beginning with a Hawaiian mai tai cocktail from the open bar and drunk under the shade of a mango tree. After that comes the exciting entertainment in the form of Hula dancers, fire poi ball twirlers, and fire knife dancers, all wearing stunning traditional costumes and all to the sounds of beating drums and fantastic Polynesian music. Listen to the narration of the tale of Kalamaku and the epic history of the island.


If you are a fan of taking loads of photos when you are on holiday and posting them on social media, then this is the perfect opportunity to make all your friends and followers jealous!


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And then there is the fabulous food

No luau would be complete without the traditional ‘poi’ or pig roasted in an underground oven, unearthed in a traditional imu ceremony, and then is served buffet-style alongside ingredients sourced locally from Kauai farms. And, of course, no trip to the Kalamaku Plantation would be complete without checking out the craft fair to add a few local treats and souvenirs to a very special evening.

A great choice of options available

One of the nicest things about the luau at the Kalamaku Plantation is the range of options available. You can choose whether or not to make your own way there from your hotel or arrange to be picked up (and brought back!). During the performances you can upgrade to premium seats located so close to the action that you can even feel the heat from the fire dancers! The final option is to include a train ride around the plantation. The evening begins at 5.00 p.m. and ends at around 8.30 p.m., which is perfect for those of you who like a good night’s sleep and to rise with the lark…


If you are planning to come to any of Hawaii’s beautiful islands, at Lea Lea Tours we are always keen to ‘cherry pick’ the very best of tours available. To book your tickets and seats for the Kalamaku Plantation luau on Kauai or to find out more about any of our other recommended tours, please feel free to get in touch with us at any time.