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Kauai: Luau Kalamaku with an Open Bar and Buffet Dinner

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

Dive into local culture with a Luau Kalamaku attraction ticket. Learn the legend of Kalamakū with a thrilling show. Admire craft and cultural demonstrations like learning the Lei greeting. Discover traditional cooking with an Imu ceremony. Enjoy authentic cuisine and drinks from the open bar. Start your evening with a fresh flower Lei greeting. Immerse yourself in local culture as you watch craft and cultural demonstrations. Feel the thrill of playing traditional Hawaiian games. Purchase a ticket for the train to the Kauaʻi Plantation Railway. Find out how to cook pork like a true Hawaiian during the Imu ceremony where the pork is cooked in a pit. Sit down to a Luau buffet of poi (mashed starchy vegetables), Lomi lomi salmon, Kalua pork baked in the imu, and yellow curry Ratatouille. Dig into teriyaki chicken, pan seared fish, fresh fruits, salad, warm rice pudding, and banana crème pie. 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 photos with the cast at the end of the show.

Kauai: VIP Island Dinner and Luau Kalamaku Show

2. 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: Local Tastes Small Group Food Tour

3. 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 Tour 11 AM-3 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 PM-5 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 PM-5:15 PM Experience the food and fun of Hanapepe by joining this unique walking tour for a fun afternoon exploring the area by 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 AM-2 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: Scenic Movie Locations Bus Tour

4. Kauai: Scenic Movie Locations Bus Tour

This exciting, action-packed tour will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Hawaiian “Hollywood” on the Island of Kauai. Explore some of the most romantic, exciting, and adventurous movie locations in the world while you learn about the region's rich history. As you explore the island, your tour guide will show you specially licensed video scenes from the various movies in which Kauai has been featured. After watching the clips, take a moment to stand in or view the exact spots of the shoots and feel like one of Hollywood's most famous stars! Included with the tour, you will take a break from your journey to enjoy lunch at a local favorite dining spot with a variety of authentic favorites where the George Clooney film The Descendants was filmed. Your tour guide will entertain you, making you feel like you are on the big screen as you explore over 15 locations on the island, including Hanamaulu Bay, Hanalei Valley Lookout, and Coco Palms. There, you can reenact famous movie scenes from Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blue Hawaii, and more.

Kauai: Customized Luxury Private Tour

5. 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

Dances and story-telling were beautiful & engaging. The show picks up after the dinner. The fire act was mind blowing. Music throughout the show was lovely & you can enjoy Mai Tai’s! Few cons: - Food was just okay. - Seating was awkward & felt like a banquet hall. 8 people on a table. So you’d be sharing the table with others. Would’ve personally preferred smaller table. - The train ride part was bit unclear. Would’ve loved to add it to our package but couldn’t find an option to.

I would have liked more information about the time of the show. There is a lot of empty time after the required check in I could have used to take the train ride, but nobody I asked was able to explain that to me. The vendors had some great art pieces, but that was a lot of time for unexpected shopping time.

Wonderful experience. We brought our kids with us on the tour and Everyone loved the food! Our guide Susan was excellent and provided us with great local history lessons along with our meals. We couldn’t have ask for more.

This was an amazing experience! Delicious food, great vendors, the show was captivating, and the staff was very friendly. Highly recommend!

Great to try some local favorites, learn about little bit about area and great recommendations!