5 Unexpected Hawaii Shows Not to Miss

November 21, 2017

You haven’t experienced all that Hawaii offers until you see one of their jaw-dropping shows. When visiting the islands, add these Hawaii shows to your “must-see” list.

On top of the epic beaches, snorkeling excursions, and abundance of outdoor activities, you might not realize that Hawaii boasts a world of artistic talent on its islands. Hawaii’s luaus and shows feature professional musicians, dancers, athletes, artists and other entertainers all working to create a fantastic performance for visitors.


Among the Hawaii shows you cannot miss is ‘Ulalena. This mesmerizing show portrays the story and history of the Hawaiian people in a compelling way. Located in the multi-million dollar ‘Ulalena Maui Theatre, the show uses incredible special effects, state-of-the-art stage equipment, and detailed set designs to immerse the audience in a remarkable story. The performance features audience interaction, acrobatic stunts, hula, modern dance, and more. In addition, the talented cast and musicians don vibrant and historically accurate costumes.

If you’re looking for a show in Maui, make sure ‘Ulalena is on your list!

Burn’n Love

Everyone knows that Elvis loved Hawaii! Burn’n Love at the Maui Theatre pays homage to Elvis’ passion for the Hawaiian islands, people, culture, and history with this rocking show. Featuring Elvis’ top hits, costumes, and dance moves, this show makes you believe you’re actually watching the King himself! Award-winning Elvis impersonator, Darren Lee, offers an unbelievably accurate and realistic performance harkening back to the days of Blue Hawaii. I dare you to try and not dance and sing at Burn’n Love!

Also, similar to the many Hawaii shows offering dinner, Burn’n Love Diamond Seating guests receive a massive traditional feast as part of their luau experience.

Magic of Polynesia

Interested in Hawaii shows with magic? If so, Magic of Polynesia is the show for you. Performed on Oahu at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, Magic of Polynesia features illusions, magic, choreographed entertainment, and more. You’ll watch in awe as John Hirokawa, the world-renowned magician, combines pyrotechnics, props, and unbelievable magic for a show of epic proportions. In addition, the show includes authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian dances and traditions for an impressive experience.

This entertaining magic show also includes dinner. Don’t be surprised if you love your meal! It’s no trick—the food is that good.

Legends in Concert Rock-a-Hula®

Have you ever wanted to see Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Elvis Presley, or Elton John perform in Hawaii? While these iconic (and alive) artists may not have scheduled any Hawaii shows as part of their tour, you can still see them and all your favorite musicians at Legends in Concert Rock-a-Hula®.

Legends in Concert leverages the impeccable talents of professional music impersonators to create an engaging show you’ll never forget. With a live band backing them up, you’d swear you were at a Michael Jackson concert or watching the real Madonna dance right in front of you. The show also includes traditional Hawaiian songs and dances for a legendary show.

Blue Note Hawaii

Music lovers might not expect Hawaii shows to include jazz, but at the Blue Note Hawaii that’s exactly what you’ll hear! This jazz bar and restaurant in Honolulu features everything from local musicians to globally celebrated stars. Notable artists have included Chaka Khan, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Brown, and more.

Your tickets include dinner and a show in this intimate jazz club open 365 days a year. While this is a bar, children above the age of 10 are permitted entry with an adult.

Hawaii Shows: What You Need to Know

As with any performance, no matter if it’s Broadway or your local concert hall, there are a few things you need to know before the show begins.

As you can imagine, these Hawaii shows are super popular. It is in your best interest to book your show tickets far in advance. Many visitors purchase their tickets while planning their Hawaiian vacation. If you wait too long, they’ll sell out!

Depending on your show of choice, you may receive complimentary transportation to the luau or show venue. To confirm these details, call the phone number listed on your Reserve Hawaii eTicket. The theater will provide you with a pick-up location and time.

Food and Beverages
Most of the shows include a dinner or a beverage service. If your show does not, double check if you are allowed to bring food and beverages into the theater. Each theater has its own respective rules regarding outside food and beverages.

While you must dress up for a Broadway show, the shows in Hawaii are more relaxed. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in! For many tourists, it’s casual wear and flip-flops. If you have questions about the dress code, contact the respective theater for additional details.

Enjoy Your Show!

You cannot miss these five entertaining Hawaii shows. Be sure to reserve your seats before they sell out!

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