Watch the 'Ulalena Show
Culture and history come alive when you watch the 'Ulalena show in Lahaina, Maui. On the island of Maui there is a one of a kind theatre production known as 'Ulalena that thoroughly engages its' audience while telling the story of the Hawaii and its people. Whether or not you know much about the history of the native culture of the islands 'Ulalena brings it alive in a very modern fashion combining multiple performance artists, acrobats, dancers, and musicians in a show that is dynamic and moving.
Highlights: A total thrill for the senses, this show engages you from start to finish, delivering you through ancient to modern history in the 75-minute masterful performance. Mythical characters and historical figures merge in this lively production making for great entertainment for people of all ages.
Activity level: Easy
Location: Lahaina, Maui
Reservations: Required, shows are Monday through Friday 5 pm
Cost: From $79.99 to $59.99 adult admission; $49.99 to $29.99 child ages 6 to 12
'Ulalena is a creative collaboration between Maui's performing arts community, and a Canadian circus production company named ARRA. The brilliance of the theatrical production is in the mix of cutting edge performances, with traditional Hawaiian cultural practitioners and dancers. At its inception in 1999 the production company sought to build the show around the many talents of the islanders wishing to participate in telling the story of Hawaii. From 150 auditions, the cast was crafted from 20 selected performers and involved their input, as well as local cultural advisory to create the award winning show. The performance is a journey through Hawaiian history in an artful show of acrobatics, hula, chant, and live musicianship.
Enjoying Ulalena during the beginning of your vacation enriches your experience of Maui as your deeper understanding of the performance echoes for days afterward. Shedding light on the spirit of aloha that is embodied through the production, and ever present in daily Hawaii life.
The Maui Theatre was built around the show and is stocked with state of the art sound, lighting and stage design putting you right in the middle of the action. A terrace of talented musicians interact live through out the performance from the right flank of the audience providing a soundtrack that often gives you "goose bumps" as the sound and visuals transform the room around you into rain forests, lava eruptions, the ocean, and many other natural and mythic environments.
'Ulalena is an early show beginning at 5 pm. This makes for good timing for a show and dinner combination. The Maui Theatre is at the heart of Lahaina town and has its own parking area making it easy to explore Front Street and its many galleries, shops, and restaurants.
878 Front Street
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Reaching Lahaina via HI- route 30 aka Honoapiilani Highway look for Papalaua Street. Turn on Papalaua Street heading toward the ocean, pass Wainee Street and look for entry into Maui Theatre parking lot on the left. Look for parking in stalls marked for show.