Lu‘au Kalamaku a magical evening

They say Lu‘au Kalamaku is a spectacular show.

They say it tells the story of the original Tahitian voyage to the Hawaiian Island with music, song and dance that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard

And they say you can feel the pride of the performers from the moment they take the stage under the pavilion at Kilohana.

What they say is true.

From the moment you walk up, you are greeted with smiles and warmth. That spirit of aloha continues throughout the night as your picture is taken, you are led to your table, visit with staff while getting a drink and chatting with vendors outside or meeting other guests and many locals, too. Chances are, if you go alone, you won’t be alone for long. You’ll make some new friends.

Never is there a dull moment, not with torch lighting, fire-knife dancing and hula dancers around to keep this evening flowing. Only good vibes here.

The train ride is a delightful 40-minute trek that gives you another perspective of the beauty and a trip back to the plantation era on Kauai.

And did we mention the food is not bad?

Great, actually. Once it’s time to eat, head for line and you will find yourself looking at a buffet overflowing with tempting choices of Polynesian cuisine. There is the kalua pork, of course (and be sure to go over and watch the imu ceremony, as the main course is unearthed from the underground oven. You can also try lomi lomi salmon, mahi mahi, Okinawan purple sweet potatoes, rolls and fruit. A selection of sweet desserts await, too.

But don’t overdo it. Between the free-flowing bars serving up mai tais, beers and other colorful drinks, and the delicious dinner, you might find yourself ready for a nap, because food and drinks tends to do that. You’ll want to be alert for the show, which is the highlight of a terrific evening.

You can to watch beautiful, talented people take you on an adventure. Here’s how it is described: “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.”

We’ll go one better than that. This cast of characters lives what they are saying and singing. They live for the dance. They live for sharing this cultural experience with guests, many seeing this for the first and perhaps the only time. They will go home with wonderful memories, made even better when given the opportunity to pose by cast members for pictures after the show.

If you’re a guest to Kauai, or a local, this luau is a must — for the performance, for the food, for the music, and, most of all, for the people you will meet.

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