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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: 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 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: Customized Luxury Private Tour

4. 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.

Kauai: Scenic Movie Locations Bus Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Lihue

I was worried about the location when I saw that it was across the street from Safeway and not on the water, but once we got there I was instantly put at ease and the whole experience from the moment you check in until the end of the show was absolutely WONDERFUL! I’ve been to Luaus before on Oahu and Maui and this was by far the best “production” and the food was quite good as well! The performers, singers, dancers, fire dancers were all top notch and because it was more “indoors” they were able to really utilize lights and sound for a beautiful show! The main fire dancer guy was incredible! We had our two daughters 8 and 13 with us and I was worried they would be bored, but they absolutely loved it. A well oiled machine shuffling all of us through the buffet! I Highly recommend!

The Luau Kalamaku was excellent. We were greeted with fresh flower leis, handsome musicians, a great family photo op. The pre show and atmosphere was lovely. The food was good too. We had the buffet. The main show with the dancing and story telling was really impressive. We brought our teenage grandsons and our daughter. It was enjoyed by all very much. We visited Hawaii 15 years ago so we knew what to expect but this was even more. We high recommend this Luau.

Outstanding evening with a variety of things to do. Local vendors are present with their wares (photography, jewelery, soaps, woodworking, etc). Food is a buffet, delicious. If you want to try poi, it is available on request. Together with the show, this event is well worth the price.

Amazing food, large.portions so arrive hungry! the burger from Kickshaw was truly incredible, will definitely go back! Thank you Alexis, you did a terrific job leading our tour.

VIP experience is the only way to go! We were treated like royalty! The food and show was amazing!