‘Aloha Live’ opens at Queen Kapiolani

Apr. 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
The cast of "Aloha Live" poses for a photo with show creator Cornell "Tuffy" Nicholas (back row, right). (Courtesy photo)

The cast of "Aloha Live" poses for a photo with show creator Cornell "Tuffy" Nicholas, back right. (Courtesy photo)

BY JOHN BERGER / jberger@staradvertiser.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.

‘Aloha Live’

» Where: Queen Kapiolani Hotel, 150 Kapahulu Ave.
» When: 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (buffet opens at 6 p.m., show at 6:45 p.m.)
» Cost: $69 general admission ($49 for ages 3-11), includes buffet dinner and two drinks; $89 VIP ($69 for ages 3-11), includes dinner, three drinks, reserved seating and souvenir photo; $199 VIP champagne seating (21+), includes VIP package plus bottle of champagne
» Info: 931-3320 or www.alohaliveshow.com

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 jberger@staradvertiser.com.

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