Wayfarer TV: Outrigger and Cirque du Soleil partner to launch new Hawaiian show in Waikiki

by James Wilkinson

Outrigger Hospitality Group has scored a major coup, signing a deal with the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group to secure a new multi-year resident show, exclusive to Hawaii, at the Outrigger Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel from late 2024.

The move will see the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group have its only permanent show in the Pacific Islands and will dramatically boost business to not just Outrigger’s Waikiki hotels, but for all other operators.

Anticipated to open in late 2024, the show will fuse the world-renowned acrobatics and innovation that Cirque du Soleil is known for with the natural beauty and unique culture of the Hawaiian Islands.

Native Hawaiian, Aaron J. Salā, PhD, has been retained as the creative cultural producer to assist in creating this show’s storyline along with other prominent Hawaiian artists, musicians and dancers.

A joint venture is being made by both parties to create this opportunity and transform the 20,000 sq. ft. (1858 sqm) showroom venue at Outrigger Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel, previously used by Magic of Polynesia.

The necessary permits for renovation work to commence and create the nearly 800-seat theatre with state-of-the-art audio-visual system are being submitted.

(L-R) Simon Painter, Creative Director at Cirque du Soleil; Makanani Salā, Executive Director of Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts; Eric Grilly, Cirque du Soleil President of Resident and Affiliate Shows; Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi; Jeff Wagoner, President and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group

“Cirque du Soleil is an iconic company at the apex of entertainment,” said Outrigger Hospitality Group President and CEO, Jeff Wagoner.

“We are confident that the show created for Outrigger Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel will delight and astound our guests and residents.

“This collaboration with Cirque was years in the making and perfectly aligns with Outrigger’s brand elevation strategy, which includes a promise to provide authentic live music and signature experiences in renowned beach locations.”

Honolulu Mayor, Rick Blanglardi, added: “In addition to bringing new vibrancy to Waikiki, this project will produce significant economic impact through job creations in redeveloping the theatre space and ongoing show operations.

“I’m honoured and excited to welcome Cirque du Soleil as the newest Honolulu resident.”

More details will be shared in the coming months regarding the partnership, the show’s name and creative concept, as well as on-sale dates, with a target of December 2024 for the show’s debut.


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