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Ulalena by Maui Theatre

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Address: 878 Front Street, Suite B-4, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Phone Number: +1 808-856-7900
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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'Ulalena is a world-renowned Hawaiian theatre production dedicated to...

'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!

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You ABSOLUTELY MUST SEE THIS SHOW!

We saw this 3 times; every time we go to Maui, we call up to reserve a performance! Pure, delightful entertainment from the 1st second until the last minute. Riveting music... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The costuming and choreography were good, the music was great (the live musicians were outstanding), but the story was weak and disjointed. Rather than providing a good overview of Hawaiian history, the show skips over most aspects except for how the islands changed when Europeans and other immigrants showed up. Very little or nothing at all about the incredible polynesian... More 

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Maui, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The performers,and actors were all talented. I really wanted to like this performance. The theater is cramped, awkward, and weak. This play should be in a bigger venue, it is as good as a Shaksperean play crammed into a tiny stage.

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Modesto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I saw this show 16 years ago and were captivated. This time we were very disappointed. It seemed that much of the explanation of Hawaiian culture was glossed over or lost. Way too much time wasted on with the lady acrobat hanging from the drapes - she's a great athlete but in no way contributes to an... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I watched Ulalena 16 years ago and fell in love with it. The second time around was not as impressive. My tween was horrified by the pelvic thrusts of a "man pig" (boar demigod in love with Pele) I hadn't remembered that part of the play. I still do love the music and listen to it often. I also love... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I know it's a $10m theatre. And I know many people rave about it. And I know it's all about the history of Hawaii but this show did not do it for me or the wife and daughter. The show jumps between interpretive dance and pantomime. I can't understand the "hamming up" of the boer character (pun intended) nor the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw this 3 times; every time we go to Maui, we call up to reserve a performance! Pure, delightful entertainment from the 1st second until the last minute. Riveting music, percussion, outfits, theatrics, crafted with stunning visuals. A bit like Cirque du Soleil. Wonderfully stylized stories (Capt. Cook's arrival, the immigrants toiling the sugar cane fields in unison, to... More 

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spending the late afternoon in a theatre downtown/inland Lahaina may not sound like the best use of your time, but you'd be wrong. This was a very well put together production telling the historical story of the Hawaiian people's life and times. Great costumes and singing, and very thought provoking, as one adds to their knowledge of the bittersweet transition... More 

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Thank Friartuck1
Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family loved this show. Ulanena is a true tribute to the historical roots of Hawaii in the form of first rate theatre. We highly recommend this show.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst this show wasn't quite what I imagined (we booked it as an alternative to a luau) I really enjoyed it. The singing was amazing, the dancers were excellent, and the musicians were awesome (the percussionist was fantastic). It is a story of Hawaii interpreted through dance with some narration, although if I hadn't been in Hawaii for a week... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose to do this instead of a Luau. Our boys are 8 and 12, and I think for them, it was hard to understand and too long. In retrospect, I think the typical hula dancing and fire stuff they do at the Luau would have been better for them. Having said that, this was very well done, beautifully told... More 

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