'Ulalena Show in Maui, HI

Maui Theatre878 Front Street Suite B4Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Overview

‘Ulalena is an exhilarating live theatrical experience staged at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina. This $9.5 million show combines original music, traditional Polynesian dance, impressive aerial and acrobatic acts, and extravagant special effects with a breathtaking story that celebrates nature, mythology, and the spirit of imagination. Guests of all ages can experience this unique Hawaii attraction to find artistic expression, human connection, and self-discovery.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Lahaina, Maui Travel Experts
  • Read the program prior to the show to understand the transitions between scenes.
  • Dinner is not served but snacks and drinks are available at concession stand.
  • Show duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • No intermission.
  • The performance explores relationships between people, nature, and mythology.
  • With the purchase of Diamond Seating dinner is included and will begin at 6:30pm in the Aloha Ballroom.
  • Cameras allowed (without flash), but no video tapping.

Description

from 'Ulalena
This is a unique and compelling story of the people of Hawaii. The 'Ulalena Maui Theatre presents a theatrical experience as impressive as the story. This is not just a theater. It is a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art venue built for this presentation. It employs the talents of some of Hawaii's most distinguished musicians and performers, combining live traditional Hawaiian music with 8-channel surround sound. Talk about Maui entertainment!

Every seat maintains a sense of intimacy and interaction with the performance, blended with acrobatic feats of strength and beauty. Hula is combined with modern dance. Rich costumes, lighting, and stage design are woven together into a filigree of fantastic images drawn from Hawaiian legend and history, pulling the viewer out of time and into a place of wonder, experiencing with awe the spirit-filled landscape of the imagination of the ancient Hawaiian storytellers.

'Ulalena explores relationships between people, nature, and mythology. The use of metaphors integrates Hawaiian chants and dances, original music and choreography, lighting and projections to support the talents of unique performers.

'Ulalena Show Schedule
4:30 pm – Check-In for Show
5:00 pm – Show Starts
6:15 pm – Show Ends

Silver/Standard Seating is located along either side of the theatre.

Gold/Premium Seating is located in or near the middle section of the theatre.

Platinum/VIP Seating is located in the front section of the theatre and the after-show experience with cast and crew.

Diamond Seating is in the first two rows of the theatre on the right and left wings. After the show there will be a Luau dinner that will begin at 6:30pm in the Aloha Ballroom with the purchase of Diamond Seating.

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

10 Reviews
Holly Joseph
1 Review
"AWESOME"
May, 2018
We went to Ulalena on May 3, 2018 and loved it! What an amazing performance and great entertainment for any age! The cast did a great job and it was just awesome!
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Tip: This is one of the best performances that explain the history and culture of Hawaii.

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Heather Quinn
Lake forest, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
May, 2018
It was a really great show!
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Tip: No alcohol and it's air conditioned

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Sandra Dierking
Naperville, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very disappointing"
April, 2018
Boring and confusing. A total waste of time and money.
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Brenda Jones
Kent, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"First time travelers to Maui"
April, 2018
This was a fabulous show to represent the culture and heritage of the Hawaiian people . What an amazing story of the people ,language and beliefs of the island . So engaging and beautiful to watch . The talent of the people were excellent between the singing , dancing and display of sets to honor the Hawaiian people . I left feeling an appreciation of the people there Z we so recommend this show it’s better than going to any LuAu .
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Tip: It’s perfect location it’s a short show and can get food close by afterwards . We weee treated very well .

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Reserve Hawaii Customer
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing Show"
February, 2018
Ulalena was a visual treat! The stories were brought to life and it was a very enjoyable show! Very talented cast! We loved it!
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Tip: One thing to note is even though it’s child friendly, it can be a bit loud for small ears so maybe bring some ear covers if you are bringing a baby or toddler with you.

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Christian Mendoza
Granada Hills , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing Performance"
February, 2018
Excellent show and we were fortunate to be upgraded at time of ticket pickup. I highly recommend it as this show has beautiful live music and dance. Excellent theatricals throughout!
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Tip: Affordable snacks available.

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Reserve Hawaii Customer
Cinebar, WA
1 Review
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"Bright and FABULOUS!"
August, 2016
This is a very well chorographed and organized production. The passion and culture of Hawaii truly shines through. Highly recommend this show for any and all in the area!
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Sally Sirocky
Pacific Grove, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Brought me to tears"
July, 2016
How can a historical review in dance and song bring a pragmatic mainlander to tears? Through beautiful choreography, mesmerizing songs and aerial beauty. Presented with outstanding costumes and simple effects with fabric, percussion and props this production transported me into the lives of early Maui residents. I lived their struggles and emotions as vivid colors filled the stage and extended out into the audience. A must see. One of the highlights of my trip.
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Tip: Every seat is a good seat in this small theatre. Be on time, you don't want to miss a moment.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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MauiDub
"Temporarily Closed"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 13, 2018
May 2018 Both Ulalena and Burnin Love are not performing Temporarily Closed, not sure for how long Reservations made for May 14th have been cancelled but they called to notify and gave full refund. Still picked 5 stars because it's an amazing show!! Would've been my 4th time and my moms first, she's visiting and it's a bummer but next time! They have kamaaina rates too
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Ryelynn G
"Amazing insight on Hawaiian culture!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 09, 2018
It was my mom and I's first time in Maui, and many people, including locals told us to go see 'Ulalena! It was very captivating, insightful and emotional. It was somewhat of a "Cirque du Soleil" moment with the aerial performer, unbelievable. The actors/actresses were very well-rehearsed and it was very well done in general. I would recommend this show to anyone.
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Edward D
"Very disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed April 30, 2018
I just don't understand all the hype about this show. My husband & I found it boring and even confusing. It did nothing to help us understand Hawaiian culture. We thought it was a total waste of our time and money.
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therealjenn
Austin, Texas
"Delightful for all-ages show!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2018
Ulalena offers many different performance styles rich with symbolism around a central theme of the history of Hawaii. Aerial performers, integrated giant puppetry (like Lion King), dance, shadow scrims, a bit of gentle audience participation to simulate rain, traditional chant and simulated fight scenes all delight, performed by skilled artists. My husband and I really enjoyed the show, as did the family next to us ranging in age from approximately 3 to 75 years. I could tell that the performers really gave their all to the show, and I thank them for it. If you want a deep dive on authentic Hawaiian history, visit a museum or read a book. But if you want an all ages show that touches on history in a delightfully engaging way, Ulalena delivers!
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Sandy R
London, United Kingdom
"A pretentious, contrived and self-indulgent bitty show"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018
Supposedly about the settlement and evolution of society of Hawaii. Actually bits of unconnected performances to show off the skills of some of the performers. Parts of Circue du Soleil - good. Group dancing - good. Some comedy - not so good. Scenes not connected. I would call it Performances at a Gathering. Then I would not be disappointed, as both of us were.
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Frequently Asked Questions about 'Ulalena

What is the difference between Platinum, Gold and Silver Seating?
The seating is assigned as best available at the time of purchase. Diamond is rows 1-3,  Platinum is rows 4-8, Gold is rows 9-11 and Silver is rows 12. 


How long is the show?
The show is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.


How many seats does the theater have?
This is a 680 stadium style seating with top of the line light and sound equipment.


Where is ‘Ulalena located?
They are located in the Maui Theater right off of Front Street in the Old Lahaina Center next to Starbucks and Foodland.


How much is parking?
Validated parking for Maui Theatre customers is available at the Outlets of Maui, directly across the theatre on Papalaua Street. Parking spaces are marked for Maui Theatre patrons. Bring your ticket for validation when you check in for the show.


Is the show located inside or outside?
The show is located inside.


Is there a dinner served? 
With the purchase of Diamond Seating dinner is included and will begin at 6:30pm in the Aloha Ballroom.

Dinner Menu:
Hawaiian Style Kalua Pork, Barbecue Teriyaki Chicken, White Rice, Macaroni Salad, Mixed Green Salad, Dinner Roll, and Dessert.