Feast at a Lu‘auKaua‘i
Like Broadway shows, each lu‘au has its own signature. Menus may be similar, but the shows, performers, music and costumes are deliberately designed to be unique from one another.
LU‘AU KALAMAKU is staged as theater-in-the-round in a renovated carriage house on the grounds of KILOHANA PLANTATION Tuesday and Friday nights. The airy venue offers comfortable seating, and the food is prepared in the kitchens of the fine-dining restaurant, GAYLORD’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE. The performance traces the story of an ancient Polynesian family’s epic journey across thousands of miles of open ocean from Tahiti to Hawai‘i. Aside from its sophisticated, avant-garde approach, this performance seeks to leave audiences with a deeper understanding of Hawai‘i’s historical and cultural foundation, starting with the brave seafaring explorers who paddled canoes across the ocean.
Producer and creator Haunani Asing Marston takes traditional themes and styles, then adds innovative twists. The fire dance, for example, couples a dancer with a troupe of fairy-like performers in dazzling costumes who juggle illuminated poi balls in a dreamlike sequence. Another showstopper is a beautiful love song with exquisite lyrics bound to dazzle—and catch you up on the storyline if you’ve lost track (the performance is mostly in Hawaiian).
• Lu’au Kalamaku (877) 622-1780