‘Aloha Live’ opens at Queen Kapiolani
BY JOHN BERGER / email@example.com
“Aloha Live” – described on its website as “One part luau, one part cirque, two parts fun” – opens Friday, April 12, at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel.
» Where: Queen Kapiolani Hotel, 150 Kapahulu Ave.
The entertainment actually starts an hour before dinner, with Hawaiian musicians playing and dancers dancing while an illusionist and balloon artist make their rounds from table to table.
The official “Aloha Live” show includes “Cirque du Soleil-style performances” by aerialists performing suspended from hoops or working with thin strips of fabric. The cast also includes hula hoop spinners, “Liz the Fire Girl” and a Samoan fire knife dancer.
A squad of “Authentic Hawaiian Performers” will share elements of Hawaiian culture and the dances of other Pacific island nations as well.
The production will be housed on the Queen Kapiolani’s third floor open-air pool deck, which overlooks Kapiolani Park and has Diamond Head as a backdrop.
“Aloha Live” is the creation of veteran producer Cornell “Tuffy” Nicholas, who presented “Cirque Hawaii” for almost three years at the old IMAX Waikiki Theater on Seaside Avenue in Waikiki. Hawaii residents who enjoyed “Cirque Hawaii” can expect to enjoy “Aloha Live” when it opens this weekend.
John Berger has been a mainstay in the local entertainment scene for more than 40 years. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.