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'Ulalena Show in Maui, HI

Maui Theatre878 Front Street Suite B4Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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‘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.


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.

Reserve Hawaii Customer Reviews

4 Reviews
Reserve Hawaii Customer
Cinebar, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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.
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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Shelli Johnson
Port Orchard, WA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very captivating"
June, 2016
My sister in Law told me about the show and pushed to go see it. Boy am I glad I did! Ita was very moving and the music and and entertainers were fabulous!
Tip: Just to sit back and enjoy the journey the show will take you

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Debbie Schreyer
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ulalena was amazing"
February, 2015
Very much enjoyed the cirqe du soleil style performance. The show was very entertaining; loved the puppetry with the fish as well as the boar.
Tip: Validated parking at the maui outlet mall which is across the street from the theatre

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Boston, Massachusetts
"Just wow - what a production"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2017 NEW
I am a dancer myself and was in a dance-theater troupe on the mainland, but mine was more of an amateur production. Still I recognize great stagecraft when I see it. Everything about this show is well done, from the use of props, lighting, LIVE music, singing, and creativity that went into this production. There is even aerial silks, incorporated so seamlessly into the story that it didn't feel forced. The show pays so much respect to Hawaiian culture and I spent the whole car ride home reading up on Hawaiian history. The dancers had so much energy and presence, although they do this show several nights a week, you could tell they were very experienced at it - but still had that first-night energy and passion. There were plenty of funny bits, ooh and awe moments - especially when Pele erupts - and there was a message too. I was so happy that we went to this instead of a Luau. I have seen Polynesian shows that trivialize the culture and pander to a white audience. This show did not do that by far. In fact, it sent a message about colonialism but then also ended with a message of hope, of bringing all of Hawaii's cultures together to make something greater than its parts. At the same time, it entertained without selling out - it showed the beauty of Hawaiian culture. And there is even audience participation, perfectly placed to ease the tension/excitement over the climactic final scene - and then moving into a beautiful finale.
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Bostic, North Carolina, United States
"Excellent Story of Maui"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 14, 2017 NEW
My wife and I won tickets to see this production. Even if I had paid for tickets, it would have been well worth the price. ʻUlalena’s storyline and characters centers around the island of Maui, and its creation, transformation and rebirth.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Beautiful artistry!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 07, 2017 NEW
I had seen the show before, but was excited to take my daughter (teen). She was mesmerized by the beautiful music and dance, as well as I, even seeing the production before. This continues to be an excellent way to communicate Hawaiian history, and artistry. I would highly recommend the show to anyone interested in the culture and beauty of the islands.
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Michael R
Redding, Connecticut
"Wonderful evening of entertainment"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2017
This is a play depicting the history of the Hawaiian people and their origins and voyage from Polynesia. It is told in costume, dance and song. The music and Hawaiian language is beautiful, and the evening reminded me of The best of broadway without the glitz. This tugged at your heart and made you feel good. They received a well deserved standing ovation
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robbie l
"Not a luau show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2017
We wanted something different from the typical luau show, especially since we didn't want to deal with the luau buffet food. This show has no resemblance to a luau show at all so if you don't care to hear ukes it see hula and fire dancers this may be just right for you. The performers are talented and the production very professional. There are some violent loud scenes that may frighten young children, although our 3 year old was surprisingly ok with it. All of us enjoyed the show for the price we paid - about $100 for 4 adults 'platinum' seating since we got two free tickets and two at half price. I would have been very unhappy to have paid full price for this show though.

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. The Platinum section is row 1-8, Gold is rows 9-12 and Silver is rows 13 & 14. 

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.