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Kauai: Luau Kalamaku

1. Kauai: Luau Kalamaku

Luau Kalamaku is an unforgettable experience and a “must see” for any visitor. The twice-weekly extravaganza has welcomed guests since 2007, offering great views from every seat. Following dinner, the cast takes 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. Through laughter, fear, seduction and fire, a new legacy is created, born from the cherished seeds of their ancestors. The evening begins with craft and cultural demonstrations, and Hawaiian games, followed by the traditional imu ceremony. Guests are treated to delicious traditional local cuisine, while hula dancers and musicians entertain. The show culminates with a fantastic fire dream featuring fire poi balls and traditional fire knife dancing. Your Luau Itinerary: • Fresh Flower Lei Greeting • Craft and Cultural Demonstrations • Hawaiian Games • Train Ride via the Kauaʻi Plantation Railway (additional charge applies) • Open Bar Service • Imu Ceremony • Dinner, Live Music and Traditional Hula • Main Show – Kalamakū • Photo Session with Cast The Luau Buffet Menu: • Poi • Lomi lomi salmon • Kalua pork baked in the imu • Yellow curry Ratatouille • Teriyaki chicken • Pan seared fish • Fresh fruits & salad • Array of desserts including: Warm rice pudding & banana creme pie Menu includes gluten free, vegetarian & vegan options. Menu subject to seasonal changes.

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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

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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: 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.

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Kauai: Private Waterfall Photo Adventure Tour

4. Kauai: Private Waterfall Photo Adventure Tour

Embark on a 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.

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Kauai: Lihue Airport Traditional Lei Greeting

5. Kauai: Lihue Airport Traditional Lei Greeting

No matter your party size, you will recieve a warm welcome to the island upon your arrival. Your local greeter will help you find transportation or your connecting inter-island flight. Additionally, ask your greeter to take a photo of your party to remember this momentous occasion. The lei greeters consider it an honor to be your first contact on the island.  An airport lei greeting sets the tone for your entire Hawaiian vacation, don't miss your chance to experience this friendly tradition for yourself.

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Kauai: Lihue Airport Honeymoon Lei Greeting

6. Kauai: Lihue Airport Honeymoon Lei Greeting

Receive a warm welcome to the island upon your arrival. Your local greeter will help you find transportation or your connecting inter-island flight. Additionally, ask your greeter to take a photo of you to remember this momentous occasion. The lei greeters consider it an honor to be your first contact on the island.  An airport lei greeting sets the tone for your entire Hawaiian vacation, don't miss your chance to experience this friendly tradition for yourself.

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There is a delightful craft fair shopping opportunity before the luau. The luau meal offers a variety of tasty options designed for various dietary preferences. All the food is plentiful, well-prepared and delicious. The show put on by the Hawaiian dancers is excellent. It is abundantly evident that each skillful dancer puts lots of life, energy, and love in their movements. The shows artful storytelling, music, rhythm, and costuming is astounding. All three features (the craft exhibition, delicious food, and magnificent dancing) are FABULOUS. I highly recommend this activity to all adults and children. It will be an unforgettably enjoyable evening in Kauai!

Susan was excellent and we appreciated a tour focused on food from local owned business. We should have taken the tour early on in our trip to visit the places suggested by Susan.

Very interesting tour and excellent guide! Learned a lot about the sustsinabme food industry in Kauai

Top notch performance. Super friendly service all around.

Great show and entertainment. Definitely worth it.