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Ulalena by Maui Theatre

878 Front Street, Suite B-4, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
808-856-7900
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Ranked #11 of 64 attractions in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Performances, Theaters
Owner description: 'Ulalena is a world-renowned Hawaiian theatre production dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii's people. The critically acclaimed stage show... more » Owner description: 'Ulalena is a world-renowned Hawaiian theatre production dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii's people. The critically acclaimed stage show outlines the islands’ creation, transformation and rebirth by integrating ancient Hawaiian history with state-of-the-art theater technology, and stunning music, chant, dance and acrobatics. 'Ulalena speaks to the imagination and inspires the human spirit to keep the Hawaiian culture alive. An invaluable cultural experience and a must-do on Maui! « less
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Finding something to do that interested the whole family; 9 & 15 year old boys and 12 year girl plus mom, dad and grandparents, isn't always easy but Ulalena captivated and entertained us all! There's humor, drama, history and love in this show. I true feast for the eyes and ears! I listen to the CD at home and the... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A beautiful and continuously entertaining show! Loved the story of the Polynesian people. A must see if you in Maui! We saw this show in 2000 and still listen to our cd with fond memories of our visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Agree wholly that narration was too limited and haphazard. A few hours work by a real writer or historian could make this a great show. Real dance and vocal talent is squandered in weak storytelling method.

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Utah
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44 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Although the modern dance type performances were very good, the show needed narration and was difficult to understand. The music and dancing are not traditional Polynesian. They are more of a modern-dance performance. I had hoped that the show would feature more traditional Hawaiian music and dance. The acrobatic performer was the star of the show, but I would disappointed... More

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Missoula, Montana
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Native actors with authentic music. Within minutes, you forget where you are and become one with the performance. Professional in every way. Could have been on Broadway. Everyone leaves with just amazement in their eyes.

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Cherry Valley, California
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

You don't want to miss this! A magnificent performance that will keep your interest the entire time! I did not want it to end! I could watch it over and over again! Well worth the money!

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Pinehurst, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very good show, but I left feeling guilty for being non-Hawaiian. There was a very definite anti-tourist vibe. They seem to feel that everything that's wrong with Hawaii is our fault. And maybe it is.

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Pollock Pines, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

As other reviewers have said, this is not a luau. It is not like anything you will find anywhere. And it is not something you want to miss, and you will not soon forget it. What it IS, is a unique theatrical production of Hawaii's history from earliest settlers through today. It is performed in a very Hawaiian, casual, intimate... More

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Onancock, Virginia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

It's not a luau or what you might be expecting, but it is a very moving performance with great music, some unbelievable dancing and the percussion is nothing short of exciting! The props and costumes are unbelievable. Spring for the more expensive seats. It was great being close to the stage to experience the show up close and personal. Be... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I've seen Ulalena 12 times. I come every single year. Ulalena shows the rich culture of Hawaii before Captain Cook came and cut down our Hawaiian Population from millions to only 40,000. It is possibly my favorite show ever. Highly recommend to watch it.

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