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Ulalena, Compelling Theatre in Lahaina Maui

‘Ulalena is a theatrical show featuring storytelling, music, dance, and acrobatics in a compelling setting depicting the story of Hawaii, its people, and its culture. The show utilizes Japanese Butoh-style theatre, with elements of modern dance and traditional Hawaiian Hula – it is also reminiscent of a Cirque du Soleil style performance. It is widely hailed as the best theatrical experience in Hawaii.

The name ‘Ulalena refers to a kind of wind in upcountry Maui. The production traces the history of Hawaii, from the arrival of the first Native Hawaiians, the growth of Hawaii’s unique culture and customs, the arrival of explorers from Europe, through the Hawaiian monarchy.

The show features 20 professional performers and live musicians, and the show’s venue is a multi-million dollar facility that was specially constructed for ‘Ulalena, with a seating capacity of 684.

‘Ulalena performances are held at the Maui Myth & Magic Theatre at 878 Front Street in Lahaina, Maui. The show runs about 75 minutes long and adult tickets run from $49.50-$69.50. Children’s tickets run $29.50 – but you can get one child in free per paying adult (except with Producer’s Package). Advance reservations are essential.