Theatrical performances aren’t exactly abound in Hawaii… and certainly not on the “neighbor” islands. Maui’s Ulalena at the the Maui Theatre is a cultural and theatrical spectacle that’s a refreshing and enlightening option for theater lovers, locals, and visitors alike.
The Maui Theatre was apparently built especially for the show… and wide variety of scenes, props, and lighting are worth the price of admission on their own. The show weaves an artistic rendition of Hawaii’s history into a blend of modern dance and hula, with excellent acrobatic displays as well.
All of the music is performed live, everything from a quartet of drummers to solo slack-key guitar. They definitely fuel the dancers, the story, and the audience. The performers and choreography are incredible, and its obvious that the dancers take a lot of pride in the performance.
Front Street in Lahaina is a great setting for the Maui Theatre. It’s almost a show in and of itself. Shops, galleries, restaurants, all along the ocean in West Maui… it’s definitely a ‘scene’ (everything’s a scene when you live on Kauai). I got inspired to look at Lahaina real estate, just to see what all the buzz is about… it’s an interesting market, clearly a sought-after part of Hawaii. There’s a saying on Maui: “Maui no ka oi”.