STICKS AND PŌHAKU Inspires ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi in Daily Experiences

aloha pillow sticks and pohaku hawaii Welcome to our first installment of Kākoʻo Local,” a monthly series that will highlight a selection of locally-owned businesses and organizations that live by and perpetuate the language*, culture and aloha spirit of Hawaiʻi. We encourage visitors and kamaʻāina alike to “kākoʻo local”, or support the people of Hawaiʻi whose mission, like ʻUlalena, is to celebrate and sustain our special islands’ culture. Skip the “made in (somewhere far far away from here)” souvenirs or gifts and opt for something that can truly be found nowhere else in the world. Take a genuine piece of Hawaiʻi home with you. Give the gift that can be proudly passed down to generations of your ʻohana. And take pride in this place that you live, or visit, and the memories that will last forever.


While attending University of Hawaii at Manoa and working through the Hawaiian language program, Kauaʻi born cousins Jess and Anu realized that there simply just wasn’t enough usage of the Hawaiian language (ōlelo Hawaiʻi) in the everyday lives of both island residents and visitors.  This realization spawned a determination to inspire a world where ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi is more evident in our day-to-day experiences. And hence, Sticks and Pōhaku was born and is now producing uber-trendy accessories that not only look great, but provide you a much needed daily dose of inspiration… Hawaiian style!

What is behind the name Sticks and Pohaku? Our company name, Sticks and Pōhaku, is a fusion of English and Hawaiian that makes reference to the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  The name represents Hawaiian language being used as our “sticks and stones.”

Why/how did Sticks and Pōhaku come about? Sticks and Pōhaku originated from our passion for art and all things Hawaiian.  Combining the two seemed only natural.  Thus, our products were created to not only be aesthetically pleasing, but to promote the Hawaiian language and culture as well.

What kind of thought process goes behind each new piece? Our products are a fusion of our kuaʻāina roots originating on Kauaʻi and our urban lifestyles in the heart of Honolulu.  Some are focused on Hawaiian proverbs (ʻōlelo noʻeau) and other products focus more on daily usage of the language.

What do you offer that is unique/different? We aspire to inspire a world where ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi is evident in our daily experiences.  Whether it be in your home, at your office, or with you on a night out on the town, Sticks and Pōhaku hopes to provide a daily dose of ‘ōlelo Hawai’i.

Anything new/exciting you are working on? We are currently working on a new line of products that will be released throughout 2015, so stay tuned!

Where do you see Sticks and Pōhaku in 5 years? All that we do at Sticks and Pōhaku is because of our passion for language, culture, and art.  We hope to be able to extend our reach and promote the Hawaiian language farther each and every year!

How can people order Sticks and Pōhaku? We are in the process of setting up our online shop at  Until then, best way to contact us is via email at OR via instagram at @sticksandpohaku.  We are based out of Nuʻuanu on Oʻahu and we ship to anywhere in the United States.

*Nā Puke Wehewehe ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is a great online resource to help translate any Hawaiian words used throughout our website.


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Maui Food Bank Benefit Promotion

‘Ulalena is again running its “Kamaʻaina Give Back” Promo still until October 30th, 2014.  Support Maui Food Bank and come see the #1 Cultural Show on Maui!

'Ulalena Kalo

September 1 – October 31, 2014 (no show on Halloween)
$20 Tickets for Gold Seating (normally $59.99)
$5 of each ticket will go to Maui Food Bank
Must present Hawaii ID upon check in. Cash donations are also accepted.
Get your tickets by calling Maui Theatre Box Office at (808) 856-7900.
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‘Ulalena Special Anniversary Promotion

‘Ulalena Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with “Rollback” Ticket Rates
Kamaʻaina tickets will be discounted to $20 for the month of July

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii – ‘Ulalena at Maui Theatre celebrates its 15th anniversary by rolling kamaʻaina ticket prices back below what they were when ʻUlalena first opened in 1999.

Gold seating tickets for Hawaii residents (must present Hawaii ID upon check-in) are just $20 if purchased and used between July 1 and July 31, 2014. Special-priced tickets must be purchased by calling Maui Theatre at (808) 856-7900.'Ulalena Character Sweetheart

‘Ulalena opened its doors July 21, 1999. Since then, it has earned numerous awards and accolades from media around the world. Last year, it was named “Best Cultural Program” by Maui News readers, as well as “Best Show on Maui” every year since 2006.

“The magic and appeal of our show is that it tells the history of Hawaii in a way that is both entertaining and educational and appeals to all ages, backgrounds and cultural diversities,” said Roy Tokujo, owner and creator of ‘Ulalena.

“We feel blessed and grateful to be able to share with the world the rich culture and history of these beautiful islands we live on today,” said Todd Dougall, Maui Theatre general manager. “And we thank the community of Maui for the continued support over the years. We hope everyone takes the time to come enjoy ‘Ulalena for the first, third or 10th time this July!”Hina Moon 'Ulalena

‘Ulalena is an unparalleled Hawaiian theatrical production that has shared the rich cultural history of Maui and its people for almost 15 years. The shows authentic depiction of the islands’ history combined with emotive music and dance, dazzling acrobatics and state-of-the-art light, sound and stage equipment invokes the senses and leaves the viewer wanting to know more about the islands’ culture and people. It is a quintessential cultural experience for our islands’ visitors, and a touching homage to Hawaiian people that Hawaii residents can truly take pride in.

For more information about ‘Ulalena call (808) 856-7900 or visit

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‘Ulalena Earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

‘Ulalena at Maui Theatre today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of ExcellenceUlalena Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 award for the third year in a row. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.  ‘Ulalena has earned a Certificate of Excellence every year since 2012. ‘Ulalena is in the top 10 things to do in Lahaina according to TripAdvisor Travelers.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

Ulalena Makahiki Sail

“We are very proud of our team here at ‘Ulalena, who always goes the extra mile to make sure ‘Ulalena is an unforgettable experience for every person that walks through these doors. And we are forever grateful for our fans, who have taken the time to review ‘Ulalena on TripAdvisor. Our goal is to move people in a way that stays with them far beyond the 75-minute show. And I think this award shows we have accomplished that,” said Maui Theatre general manager Todd Dougall.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

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Book ‘Ulalena tickets online now, or call 808-856-7900 for more information!


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Maui Jobs Now Available

Maui Jobs Reservationist

Looking for jobs in Maui?

Maui Theatre in Lahaina is excited to announce immediate employment openings!

Get a Maui job in the entertainment industry with two world-class shows and a great team! Apply now for various front and back of house positions that include sales, reservations and ushers. Pay is based on experience and applicants must be available nights and weekends. Call Maui Theatre at (808) 856-7900 for more information on these Maui jobs.

'Ulalena at Maui Theatre

Love to sing, dance and perform? ‘Ulalena is hiring cast members! Ideal candidates are energetic and passionate with a good attitude. Performing arts experience is preferred but not required. Here is your chance to join world-renowned ‘Ulalena and do what you love for a living!

For more information on these jobs in Maui call Maui Theatre at (808) 856-7900 or email

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Kamaʻaina Kokua: Discount ʻUlalena Tickets benefit Maui United Way

Kamaaina Kokua Ulalena

KAMAʻAINA KOKUA presented by ʻUlalena and Maui United Way
February 26 – March 26, 2014
Wednesdays Only (2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26)

- $20 (Gold Seating) Tickets for Hawaii residents! (Retail $69.99)
- $5 from each Kamaʻaina Kokua ticket sold will be donated to a select Maui United Way Agency.

Customer may choose who the donation benefits from the following non-profit organizations:

  • Women Helping Women – Provides emergency shelter and support program for victims of domestic violence on Maui and Lana’i.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Maui – Programs provide educational support and mentoring to Maui’s youth.
  • American Red Cross – Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies with disaster relief and educational and training programs for emergency preparation.

“We try and help raise funds for various community groups at least a few times a year. We do an annual food drive for Maui Food Bank and reach out to schools and other educational institutions as much as we can throughout the year. Our show showcases the true essence of ʻohana, which in Hawaiian culture reaches beyond just our immediate blood-related relatives and into the community. It is important for us to give back to our Maui family, who has supported us for over 14 years now,” said Dennis Preussler, Sales & Marketing Director at Maui Theatre.

“Kamaʻaina Kokua” is offered on Wednesdays only, from February 26th through March 26th, 2014. Hawaii ID is required upon check in and it is not valid on previously purchased tickets. **Seating is limited and based on availability so advanced purchase is recommended.**

Maui United Way is excited to partner with ʻUlalena, a company that cares about our community. There is so much need throughout our island and with the support of `Ulalena we are able to continue to do the work that we do in supporting 40 health and human service programs on Maui.” said Laksmi Abraham President & Chief Professional Officer at Maui United Way.

‘Ulalena is an unparalleled Hawaiian theatrical production that has shared the rich cultural history of Maui and its people for over 14 years. The show is an authentic depiction of the islands’ history and combines original music and dance with stunning acrobatics and state-of-the-art light, sound and stage equipment. It is a quintessential cultural experience for our island visitors, and a touching homage to Hawaiian people that Hawaii residents can truly take pride in.

Maui Theatre is home to ʻUlalena, new Maui show Burn’n Love and a variety of other shows and educational programs.

For more information about Kamaʻaina Kokua, call Maui Theatre at 808-856-7900.

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Maui Theatre Brings Two World-Renowned Shows to Maui


Highly acclaimed artists John Stephan and Benise will join fan favorite ʻUlalena with daily shows in the Lahaina venue.

John Stephan Orbison's You Got It!

John Stephan performs Orbison’s “Pretty Woman”

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii – Maui Theatre today announced the addition of two new shows to its entertainment schedule. You Got It! – a salute to Roy Orbison, starring award-winning singer/songwriter John Stephan, and The Spanish Guitar – a riveting Latin music and dance experience with Emmy Award Winning guitarist Benise, will begin in late June of this year.

Benise performs Spanish Guitar Maui Theatre

Benise and his Spanish Guitar

“We are very excited about these two world-class acts being a part of our Maui Theatre ‘ohana,” said General Manager Dennis Preussler. “By being able to offer ‘Ulalena, You Got It!, and The Spanish Guitar, we’ve added a whole new dimension of diversity to entertainment on the west side, for both visitors and local residents alike. Plus, all three shows will be hiring additional cast and crew members from right within our islands, so there will be new job opportunities available for our community.”

“Maui has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The local community is warm and inviting. I am excited to make Maui my new home!” said Australia’s John Stephan.

To accommodate the three Maui shows, Maui Theatre will now open its doors for two performances nightly, and one special matinee show on Mondays.  Weekly schedule is as follows and is subject to change:

  • ‘Ulalena: 6:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • You Got It! with John Stephan: 6:30pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; 8:30pm on Friday
  • Benise – The Spanish Guitar: 8:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Special matinee show featuring John Stephan and Benise: 2pm on Monday

Kama’aina rates will be available.

“We are very fortunate that the tremendous success of ‘Ulalena has laid the groundwork for Maui Theatre to be able to offer our venue to shows like this, and in turn, offer Maui and Hawaii some really amazing entertainment,” Preussler said.

More information about grand opening performance dates for You Got It! and The Spanish Guitar as well as various full- and part-time job openings for all three two shows will be released soon.

Dubbed “the voice from down under”, John Stephan has shared the stage with some of America’s finest artists including country music superstars Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Faith Hill and Kenny Chesney. He has written songs for the likes of Blake Shelton and Vince Gill. He has toured Australia, Japan, United States and Europe and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. His latest project, You Got It!, has also sold out shows around the world including in Las Vegas where it premiered in September 2012.

You Got It! celebrates a legend in American music history, Roy Orbison. It is the only show of it’s kind in the world. It entwines a very personal narrative of Roy’s intriguing yet tragic life with spoken word from Roy Orbison’s eldest son Wesley, and a live concert featuring John Stephan performing Orbison’s #1 hits and all-time classics including Pretty Woman, Crying, In Dreams, Blue Bayou, Only The Lonely, You Got It, I Drove All Night, and many more. For more information visit or

Benise (pronounced Buh-ness-say) is hailed as “The Prince of Spanish Guitar”. He is an Emmy Award winning musician and has performed for 24 million TV viewers on hugely popular Dancing with the Stars. From his beginnings as a street musician to selling out 2000-seat theaters, he performs original works with powerfully emotional arrangements that are both wild and refined, with a sound that is as edgy and exotic as it is romantic and sensual.

Benise’s newest production, The Spanish Guitar, is a theatrical music and dance spectacle that has been called “The Latin Riverdance”. It takes the audience on an unprecedented and epic adventure through Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Salsa, Argentinean Tango, Arabic, Waltz, and exotic drumming. The Spanish Guitar showcases classic songs from Led Zepplin, Queen, Bach, and The Eagles, to name a few. The addition of brilliant choreography and beautiful costumes makes this a family-friendly performance for fans of all ages. Los Angeles Daily News calls Benise a “fiery entertainer” and refers to The Spanish Guitar as “one of the most colorful shows of the season”. For more information visit,

‘Ulalena is an unparalleled Hawaiian theatrical production that has shared the rich cultural history of Maui and its people for almost 14 years. It was recently awarded a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, placing it in the top performing 10% of all businesses worldwide, on the world’s largest travel site. The shows authentic depiction of the islands’ history combined with emotive music and dance, dazzling acrobatics and state-of-the-art light, sound and stage equipment invokes the sense and leaves the viewer wanting to know more about the islands’ culture and people.  It is a quintessential cultural experience for our islands’ visitors, and a touching homage to Hawaiian peoples that Hawaii residents can truly take pride in. For more information visit

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Maui Theatre Job Fair

Do you love what you do? Do you want to be a part of a fun, talented, creative team? Here’s your chance!
Maui Job Fair

Maui Theatre is holding a job fair this Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st to hire for various positions within the Theatre and the ʻUlalena cast and crew. Don’t miss this opportunity to do something you love, every day!

Job Fair at Maui Theatre
Friday, 5/31/13
Saturday, 6/1/13
10am – 4pm
Don’t forget to bring your resume!

Positions Available:

Male and Female Cast Members*
PT Accounting
PT Ushers
PT Concessions
PT Reservations
PT Host/ Hostess
FT/PT Sales
FT Techs

*REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR CAST MEMBERS: Desired skills include but are not limited to: hula dancing, chanting, singing and acting.  Must be able to perform in front of a crowd, have an energetic personality, good attitude, and are outgoing and reliable.  Passion, motivation and willingness to step outside of the box are a must! Please bring resume and/or headshot.

Questions? Call (808) 661-9913 or email

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“Na Hoku”– Treasures of the Late Summer Sky

In Hawai’i, we are lucky to have such breathtaking views of the night sky. There are not many places left on earth to view the heavens without the after-glow of artificial light in our way. Experts agree, as many of the world’s leading astronomers make their home atop the mountains of Maui and the Big Island.

For the ancient Hawaiians, the stars were interwoven into their mythology, used to voyage great distances across the Pacific, and held the calendar of events during each season. The time to harvest, plant, fish, and hunt were all held in the night sky.

Ancient Hawaiians adhered to a Lunar Calendar which held cutural and religious guidelines.

August holds a plethora of starry “treasures”, from the Perseid Meteor shower last weekend, the spectacular pairing of Jupiter and Venus in the early morning, to the appearance of the Zodiacal Light.

Zodiacal Light as seen in Colorado. Best viewing times are before dawn, and right after dusk. Photo courtesy of:

To this day, there are a special few who continue to uphold the traditions of old. Voyaging Canoe societies, farmers, and other cultural practitioners use the knowledge of their ancestors to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture.

The Hokule'a, a famous voyaging canoe where sailors navigate across the Pacific using ancient astronomical techniques. Photo courtesy: northwesthawaiitimes.jpg

For those who are simply curious star-gazers wishing to learn more about the beauty above us, here are some handy websites to get you started:

Polynesian Voyaging Society : Learn more about the ancient Polynesian mastery of the stars. :  A great site to learn all about the astronomical happenings of the week.

Astronomy Picture of the Day: NASA website offers a great way to learn about the cosmos. Features an amazing picture or video of the day, with explanations and insight.

Hawaiian Moon Calendar: Learn about the phases of the moon, and its relation to fishing, planting, harvesting, and Hawaiian religious observation.

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‘Ulalena Videos

Coming to the show and want some background information on the characters and story you’re about to see? Saw the show and want to better understand and learn more about what you just saw? Already seen the show and know about the story but want to learn even more?? Take a minute and watch some great videos by Dave Barry, all about the characters, story, and culture surrounding the ‘Ulalena show!

‘Ulalena Character Playlist on YouTube

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