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Ulalena by Maui Theatre
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Ulalena Show at Maui Theatre
Ranked #5 of 17 Concerts & Shows in Lahaina
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 10 April 2007

If you're expecting cirque du soleil, this is not the place for you. I must say 50 dollars was too much for this production and I had to go across the street and get a drink after to calm my nerves over thinking of the money spent. I would have rather gone to the feast at lele for a 2nd time. Having said that the music was cool. I suggest buying the soundtrack, not the ticket.

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Reviewed 20 August 2006

Ulalena is a broadway-style show with an island feel. Put together by the folks who do the Cirque de Soleil shows, it tells the history of the islands and its people while weaving in the legends of the islands through song and movement. The show is visually stunning at times and the music is wonderful and sometimes thrilling. You should see this show at least once... you may end up purchasing the soundtrack, as I did. Having seen it several times, my suggestion for seating is to avoid the far right side of the theatre. The orchestra with the percussion section, while very good, can overpower the show. The left and center sections are the more desirable.

13  Thank lwj
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Reviewed 24 June 2006

Outstanding, enchanting, exotic, lovely vocalists and vocals, wonderful dance moves, haunting drums. All in all, an unforgettable experience. I've watched it thrice. Honestly. I've enjoyed it more than every broadway show I have seen (I live in NYC).

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Reviewed 18 February 2006

If you are looking to fill your evening with an overview of Hawaiian culture, song, and dance this is the show. Ulalana is held at 700 seat Maui Theatre and every seat seems to have a good view of the stage. Show starts at 6:30 PM, but they want you to get there early to get seated (5:45)

The entire show is sung in Hawaiian, which is not a big deal if you are used to the Cirque du Soliel shows being sung in French. The acrobatics were weak (hoops and on the cloth), and the dancing is somewhat basic but the music is good.

You can read about the story on the MauiTheatre web site. I found it interesting that part of the story was that the locals believe that the white man brought poverty, disease, and death to the island people.

Tips and Tricks:
Our Hotel (Ritz Carlton) booked this for us and we were able to get upgraded premium seats, two free drink passes (you can get alcoholic smoothies too!) and backstage passes to meet the cast. Your hotel may do the same. The theatre validates 4 hour parking for the Old Lahaina Parking Lot, so park there. They give you a coupon for $10 off David Paul's Lahaina Grill, and $2 off Celantro (Mexican food place across the street).

The cheesie part starts when the lobby as they require you to take a "no obligation to purchase" picture to sell it to you later. Anywho, you may to see my posting for the Warren & Annabele Magic Show as an alternative.

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