‘Ulalena at Maui Theatre today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence 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.
“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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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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (June 6, 2013)
Highly acclaimed artists John Stephan and Benise will join fan favorite ʻUlalena with daily shows in the Lahaina venue.
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 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.
ABOUT JOHN STEPHAN
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 www.OrbisonYouGotIt.com or www.JohnStephan.com.
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, www.Benise.com.
‘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 www.mauitheatre.com.
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Do you love what you do? Do you want to be a part of a fun, talented, creative team? Here’s your chance!
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
10am – 4pm
Don’t forget to bring your resume!
Male and Female Cast Members*
PT Host/ Hostess
*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 email@example.com.
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: cloudbait.com
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.
Stardate.org : 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.
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
‘Ulalena features a variety of Hawaiian gods and legends. One of these very crucial, but somewhat looked over legends is that of Haloa, the child of Wakea (Father Heaven) and Ho’ohokukalai (the stars). Haloa is symbolized by the Taro plant, and represents the original ancestor of the Hawaiian people.
Before the elder, stronger Haloa, Ho’ohokukalai birthed an unhealthy and deformed child also named Haloa, who died at birth. This infant was buried, and a taro plant grew from it. The elder Haloa, is embodied by the taro plant, and the “elder brother” of all Hawaiians. He reflects the overall health and strength of the Hawaiian people and culture.
In ‘Ulalena, Haloa or Taro, is followed throughout the show, and represented by the green-clothed character carrying the staff. After Haloa is born in the first scene he is strong and vibrant, just as the Hawaiian people were at the time.
As the show goes on and the spirit of the Hawaiian culture is suffering from disease, guns, and other things brought by European colonialists, Haloa’s health also dwindles.
The conclusion of ‘Ulalena represents the renaissance of Hawaiian culture – the revitalization of its people and culture. This is portrayed as the ‘Ulalena rain showers over Haloa, and he is brought back to life; just like Hawaii as a whole.
The Taro plant, or Kalo in Hawaiian, is a base of the Hawaiian culture. It is not only important from a mythological standpoint, but Taro farming was a Hawaiian staple. The plant was and is still used for making poi, taro chips, and the leaves are used in luaus as well. Haloa was the root of life as the original Hawaiian descendant, but was also the root of life as a source of sustenance for the Hawaiian people.
There are many legends incorporated into ‘Ulalena. Although it is not necessary to understand all of these legends to enjoy the show, it definitely helps the viewer to better appreciate the story. The legend of Haloa, or Taro, is one of the key myths to the ‘Ulalena storyline.
Everyone has a gift or talent. However, not everyone chooses to embrace and master that talent to its full potential. The cast and crew of ‘Ulalena are all masters of their talents, and because of that, have made the show the success that it is today. One of these masters of his craft is ‘Ulalena musician, Anthony Natividad.
You may recognize him in the show as the guy playing the flute… with his nose! Working for ‘Ulalena since it first opened, Anthony still remembers being the only musician at the first practice on April 19, 1999. His craft goes beyond simply performing as a member of the incredibly talented ‘Ulalena band. He truly helps define the Aloha Spirit and the cultural ideals ‘Ulalena represents. Listening to him talk is like listening to someone read a book of inspirational and spiritual quotes. His positivity and genuine care for all things Hawaii and beyond are infectious. He can make a playable nose flute in only a few minutes – I’m assuming if there was a record for that, he would have it.
You can always find him at local festivals and events sharing both his musical talents and cultural wisdom. He can play multiple different instruments, admittedly having “More [instruments] than I can play in a day,” around his house: ukuleles, guitars, drums, flutes, and all of the “kahiko” instruments (ancient Hawaiian), to name a few. Two tracks off of his album have been featured in films; one in the Hollywood hit, The Descendants, and one in a PBS film. Playing for both entertainment and healing purposes, Anthony also practices sound therapy.
Using the healing power of sound, anything from physical ailments to mental stressors can be addressed. “I’ve heard all kinds of different experiences,” Anthony said. “One person claims it healed his back pain. Others have had complete out of body experiences.”
I was fortunate enough to personally experience a session of sound therapy, and while I can’t say I had a total out of body trip, I did leave very refreshed and mentally clear. Both Anthony’s musical talents and deep spirituality combine to allow him to practice this art form. A homemade didgeridoo, homemade nose flute, and Tibetan brass bowls are used simultaneously to create the therapeutic music experience. (If ‘Ulalena’s musical presentation itself is not therapeutic enough!)
Anthony is a proud husband and father. Born and raised here, he and his wife of 23 years have been together since high school. Their daughter is on track to be just as successful and cultured, starting at Tokai University in Honolulu this Fall, to study Asian Studies.
Even with all of the organizations and activities Anthony is involved in, he continues to be a major part of the ‘Ulalena Ohana. He believes the genuine uniqueness of the show as a whole sets it apart from others. “It’s not afraid to show the not happy side to the history,” he said. “The story is a world issue. It’s not just Hawaii,” he continued. “The same story has happened around the world.”
The caliber of the performers and people involved with ‘Ulalena are what make the show truly special, according to Anthony. “They are the best of the best,” he said. They know they are representing not just the culture, but also the original cast members, the current team, their ancestors, and the island of Maui as a whole.
For some people sleep is an option, and that is definitely the case with Anthony. Where he finds the time to do all he does, for so many different people, is still a mystery to me. He takes full advantage of every second of every day. It is obvious that his spirituality is directly reflected in the strong cultural and spiritual depth of ‘Ulalena. He doesn’t just play for the audience he said, “I’m playing for souls.”
Maui Theatre is not only home to ‘Ulalena, but the theatre also hosts other performances and groups. Recently, the theatre hosted the Alexander Academy of Performing Arts’ production of “Peter Pan.” The ballet was hosted April 14th and 15th, and was a huge success. The ballet featured an amazing 160 cast members! Their ages ranged from 3 years old to 18 years old, with some teachers even getting in on the action as well! Last year the group had another successful production, “Mary Poppins.” Every show the academy does here almost sells out. Maui Theatre is proud to help provide Maui’s youth with an opportunity to perform on such a big stage. Maybe someday these young performers will be part of the ‘Ulalena cast!
Peter Pan curtain call
Alexander Academy of Performing Arts "Peter Pan"
The ‘Ulalena Ohana’s commitment to Hawaiian culture goes beyond the show and the singing and dancing. It means giving back and taking care of the ‘aina. Recently, ‘Ulalena cast and crew members took a huaka’i (trip) to Hanaula, where they got their hands dirty, supporting the local non-profit organization Maui Cultural Lands.
The team helps clean the land by pulling weeds invasive to the ohi’a lehua, and planting a’ali’i plants, along with more ohi’a lehua.
The caretakers of the land, the Lindsey Ohana, rely on the help and charity of individuals like the ‘Ulalena cast and crew, to maintain the beautiful ancient countryside of the island. More information about the non-profit Maui Cultural Lands can be found by visiting www.mauiculturallands.org