Lu‘au Kalamaku

Kauai’s only theatrical luau!

Graceful hula dancers, traditional fire knife dancing, fire poi-ball exhibition, dramatic torch lighting and imu ceremonies combine with Tahitian music and Hawaiian food & drink to bring you the ultimate island experience.

Lu‘au Kalamaku is a theatrical luau that gives our guests an intimate look into the heart of our Hawaiian heritage. The story of the original Tahitian voyage to the Hawaiian Islands is told by a cast of characters performing traditional music and song.  Our music is so authentic that even the drums are made by hand by the musicians themselves. The pride of culture exhibited by each of our performers makes every luau performance special.

The evening starts with a dramatic torch lighting and then the imu ceremony, where your main course is unearthed from a traditional underground oven. Guests are treated to Hawaiian games, music and dancing in the tropical gardens. Following a luau dinner, you will be transported to ancient Polynesia by our multi-stage performance.

The luau features Gaylord’s authentic Polynesian cuisine, including selections such as lomi lomi salmon, mahi mahi, kalua pork cooked in our traditional imu (underground oven), Okinawan purple sweet potatoes, taro rolls and fresh tropical fruit.

Following dinner guests choose from at least five unique dessert selections with coffee or tea. And of course, no luau would be complete without a Mai Tai or other tropical libation!

Plantation Owner’s Evening

To add to romance to the evening, reserve the Plantation Owner’s Evening. You’ll be welcomed with a fresh floral lei and champagne in Gaylord’s famous courtyard. Enjoy the premier dining experience of Gaylord’s signature menu with seasonal dishes, including local fish, meat and vegetarian fare. After dessert you are invited to wander through the manor until the time you are gathered for a torch lit stroll to the Luau Pavilion.

Train & Luau Tour

Step back to the plantation era and take a ride on our authentic Plantation Railway.  The full 40-minute narrated tour takes you past tropical forest, historic homes and outbuildings, and working orchards and fields where you’ll see the beauty of an authentic plantation. After disembarking at the Depot, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the Kilohana grounds or a leisurely Mai Tai before the Lu’au Kalamaku experience begins.