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Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

1. Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

Start your evening with a fresh flower Lei greeting. Browse the wares at the craft fair of local artisans. Witness the unearthing of the pig from the imu. Discover the legend of Kalamakū with a thrilling theatrical performance. Enjoy local favorite dishes and drinks from the open bar. Sit down to a Luau buffet of poi (mashed starchy vegetables), Lomi lomi salmon, Kalua pork baked in the imu, and seasonal fish. Dig into teriyaki chicken, fresh fruits, salad, pineapple upside down cake, haupia (coconut pudding), and a banana crème tart. After dinner, experience the the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamakū (child of the new land). Watch the story of an epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kauaʻi on one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Through laughter, fear, seduction and fire, a new legacy is created, born from the cherished seeds of their ancestors. See fire poi balls and traditional fire knife dancing during the show. Have the chance to take a photo of the cast at the end of the show.

Kauai 65-Minute Grande Deluxe Air Tour

2. Kauai 65-Minute Grande Deluxe Air Tour

Climb aboard the new Australian-made G8 AirVan for a personalized 65-minute Grande Deluxe Air Tour of Kauai. Fly through the Waimea Canyon and then catch your breath as the majestic cathedral spires of the Na Pali are suddenly beneath you. Continue alongside the ridgeline behind the lovely Hanalei Bay and travel south to see the numerous waterfalls of Hanalei Valley as well as the crater below Kauai's Mt. Wai`ale`ale (weather permitting). In winter months whale watching may also be possible! The experienced pilot will tell you about the rich history and mythical lore of Kauai, and using the 2-way intercom you can ask questions. Only Wings Over Kauai features an expert agricultural narration by the owner and chief pilot, the research scientist Dr. Bruce Coulombe. For approximately 65-70 minutes, you’ll experience a safe and thrilling experience that’s the ultimate air tour of the Garden Island. What makes Wings Over Kauai unique is a dedication to customer satisfaction and attention to detail. The ultimate goal for every flight is to make sure every passenger has the best experience possible.

Kauai: Sightseeing Flight over Napali Coast & Waimea Canyon

3. Kauai: Sightseeing Flight over Napali Coast & Waimea Canyon

Soak in spectacular views of the lovely island of Kauai from the air on a sightseeing flight tour. Let your pilot fly you over places that are completely inaccessible by car and remain untouched by human hands. Experience the untouched beauty of this spectacular island from a unique perspective. Aboard your scenic flight tour, discover the best of Kauai on an incredible flying adventure. Fly over the Garden Isle's most scenic areas to truly get a sense of this majestic place. Soar over the cathedral-like spires of the Napali Coastline and high above Hanalei Bay's white crescent sand beach. Snap some pictures of the azure blue waters below, as well as the monumental red valley walls of Waimea Canyon.

Kauai: Eco-Friendly 5 line Zipline Adventure in Poipu

4. Kauai: Eco-Friendly 5 line Zipline Adventure in Poipu

Experience the "Garden Isle" from above an an eco-friendly zipline tour. Fly through the skies all while learning the rich history and unique culture of Kauai. Soar over 3 different valleys against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain and ocean scenery on a 5-line family fun tour.  Ease into the course on a sloping hill falling away from the take-off point and take in the views of the lush mountain valley filled with Kauai’s garden-like greenery. Be amazed as you fly off a steep hillside and across a different mountain valley filled with native Hawaiian fauna. Take in the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the tail end of a ridge where two valleys meet. Be enthralled as your expert guides will share with you Hawaii's culture and history while on the tour. The local partner is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture. Part of your booking's proceeds go to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable nonprofits. 

Lihue: Private Scenic Flight over Kauai

5. Lihue: Private Scenic Flight over Kauai

Take off in the Cesena aircraft from Lihue Airport and enjoy a scenic flight over the island of Kauai. Discover some of the most beautiful scenery and natural landmarks on the island from the air. See areas of spectacular scenic beauty including the beach of Kipu Kai. Fly over Manawaiopuna Falls, famous for its appearances in the 1996 film Jurassic Park. Soar over the vast Waimea Canyon, known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," as well as the famous Na Pali Coastline. Discover Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Valley waterfalls, and Wai’ale’ale Crater. If you fly in the winter, you may be lucky enough to spot whales in the water below. Ask questions, share stories, and enjoy a rewarding visual experience of one of the most beautiful places in Hawaii.

Kauai: VIP Island Dinner and Luau Kalamaku Show

6. Kauai: VIP Island Dinner and Luau Kalamaku Show

Experience an unforgettable evening filled with delicious island cuisine and a spectacular story-telling Hawaiian show. You will begin your Plantation Owners Evening begins with a culinary journey back in time. Feast on a traditional dinner at Gaylord’s Restaurant, located in Kilohana Plantation’s 60-acre orchard and agricultural park. Following dinner, take a leisurely stroll over to the Luau Kalamaku venue where you will enjoy premier seating at the Luau Kalamaku show that pays homage to Kauai's mythology. As the sun sets, marvel at the live Hawaiian music and cast of entertainers including graceful hula dancers, fire poi ball twirlers and traditional fire knife dancing. The cast will take the stage for the 45-minute main show to tell the amazing story of the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamakū (“child of the new land”), the epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kauaʻi along one of the longest sea roads of Polynesia. Be transported by the interactive stage design of the theatrical luau and travel back in time ancient Polynesia, during the time of the people’s remarkable migration to the Islands. Four-Course Meal Menu: First course with a choice of: • Shrimp and scallop spring rolls or • Pacific blue crab cake Second course with a choice of: • Island caprese or • Local field green salad Third course with a choice of: • Sesame seed seared fresh catch • Hoisin glazed pork spare-ribs Fourth course with a choice of: • Banana cream pie • Profiteroles with vanilla bean ice cream

Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

7. Kauai: Full-Day Tour with Fern Grotto River Cruise

Experience the beaches of East Shore, the striking geology of Fern Grotto and the lush Waimea canyon. This tour shows you the spectacular sights of Kauai. Follow your guide for a journey on land, by water. Your day starts as your tour guide picks you up on Kauai's North or East Shore. The comfortable, air-conditioned touring van offers large viewing windows on all sides for you to admire the beaches, mountains, and waterfalls. Arrive at the Wailua River and step aboard a spacious open-air riverboat for a leisurely journey to the Fern Grotto landing. A short walk through the rainforest brings you to one of Kauai's geological wonders, where ferns grow upside down in a natural amphitheater of lava rock – the perfect location to be serenaded and entertained by Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers. 

Kauai: Local Tastes Small Group Food Tour

8. Kauai: Local Tastes Small Group Food Tour

Let an expert show you the real Kauai on this tasting adventure through the island's unique and vibrant neighborhoods. Specially curated tours run daily from different sides of the island. Select the tour option that best suits your schedule, depending on the day you're looking to go, or the neighborhood you want to visit. Tour Options: Mondays and Tuesdays - North Shore Tour11:00 AM-3:00 PM Adventure through Kauai's famous North Shore to try local fruits, teas, grass-fed beef, and fresh-caught fish. Learn about Hawaiian food culture and meet the makers of some of Kauai's locally grown and raised food. Enjoy tastings on this North Shore adventure. For guests staying in Princeville, this is a convenient location for you to meet and explore the lush farms and restaurants on the North Shore. Wednesdays - South Shore Tour 12:45 PM-4:45 PM Savor the flavors of the Sunny South Shore on a full day of eating delicious bites and exploring what’s fresh and seasonal on the Garden Isle. Gain exclusive access to local upscale restaurants, learn about the history of Kauai's diverse cultures, and enjoy 6 tastings along the way. For guests staying in Poipu, this is the best tour for you. Thursdays - East Side Tour 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Explore Kauai's famous Royal Coconut Coast as you visit East Side's best farm-to-table restaurants. On this small-group tour, learn about Kauai's diverse foods, meet with local business owners, and enjoy 6 tastings along the way. For guests staying in Kapa'a, this is the perfect location for you to meet your local guide and experience delicious food on the East Side. Fridays - Hanapepe Old Town Tour 2:00 PM-5:15 PM Experience the food and fun of Hanapepe by joining this unique walking tour for a fun afternoon exploring the area on foot. Learn about the rich history of the historic town, the culture of Kauai, and the modern cuisines that are continuing to shape the people and the place today. On this food walking tour, savor 5 different tastings. After the tour, you end up right at the start of Hanapepe’s weekly Friday Art Night. Food stands, artists, and local craft makers line the street and make for a fantastic local experience. Saturdays - Downtown Lihue Tour 11:00 AM-2:00 PM Embark on a sustainable agriculture farm tour as you learn about Kauai's unique farm culture. On this Lihue Farm Tour, learn about the agricultural connection to food on the island. Kicking off at the Farm Bureau Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, have a chance to meet with local farmers and farm-to-table vendors first-hand in the market setting. After the market, continue on a culinary romp through the town of Lihue and taste farm-to-table restaurant cuisine, meet local chefs, visit Kauai’s best brewery, and more. Sunday - Hanalei Walking Tour (North Shore) Come down to Hanalei and taste the best of Hawaiian Food straight from the farmers. Learn how to eat Hawaiian food while visiting this little town. Select the day and tour that sparks your interest. Each Kauai food tour option offers a unique and incredible experience. When booking, please inform the local operator of any food allergies they should be aware of. All tours require you to drive your own vehicle. Guests will follow their guide to each destination along the food tour.

Kauai: Private Waterfall Adventure with photos

9. Kauai: Private Waterfall Adventure with photos

Embark on this guided 3-hour sightseeing and photography tour of the most breathtaking waters on the island of Kauai. Capture spectacular memories in a picturesque tropical atmosphere while in a small group setting. Venture to archaeological sites, sample wild fruits, vegetables, and learn about an array of native Hawaiian vegetation and flora.  Your guide will select various destinations on Kauai based on weather conditions and the group’s interests and abilities. Throughout your tour, snap photos with your knowledgeable and friendly guide by your side. While you hike to different locations you might even have the opportunity to take a dip in the waterfall pools.

Kauai: Customized Luxury Private Tour

10. Kauai: Customized Luxury Private Tour

Enjoy an exciting 6-hour tour with your own private driver as you explore Kauai by luxury vehicle. Choose either the lush north and east shores, or the majestic south and west sides of the island. In the northeast, you’ll see waterfalls, visit the Kilauea Lighthouse, and take in Hanalei Bay’s exquisite landscape and beaches. If you tour the southwest of Kauai, you’ll see Waimea Canyon, Spouting Horn, the Kauai Coffee Plantation, Poipu beaches, and historic Koloa Town. Leave the driving to your chauffeur as you focus on admiring the island’s exquisite beaches and lush landscapes, which are unlike anything else in the world.

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What people are saying about Lihue

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 463 reviews

Jacob was a wonderful pilot he was very informative he went around the clouds and then came back down so we could see more he told us every into the island that we went flew over he knew and had history about and they were very helpful for my 80-year-old mother I would fly with them again when I come back

Very organized and everyone was friendly. Food was great and show was amazing! Adult kids said it was their favorite part of the trip!

Amazing and well worth doing. Chris takes you to wonderful waterfalls and great pictures as well.

It was an amazing experience overall. I really enjoyed the show and the story of kalamaku.

10/10 recommend! Our pilot was amazing, as was the crew and staff.