Cirque du Soleil bound for Waikiki

Outrigger Waikiki Beachcomber chosen as venue for Hawaiian themed show

Water Bowl Production | Credit: Cirque du Soleil

Hawaii is set to host a Cirque du Soleil residency after Outrigger Hospitality struck a new multi-year agreement with the entertainment company. Anticipated to open in late 2024 at the Outrigger Waikiki Beachcomber hotel, 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 islands.

A joint venture is being made by both parties to create this opportunity and transform the 1,860 square-metre showroom venue at Outrigger Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel, previously used by Magic of Polynesia. The plan will see the venue tranformed to a nearly 800-seat theater with state-of-the-art audio-visual system.

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Hotel | Credit: Outrigger Resorts Hotels

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“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,” said Jeff Wagoner, President and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group.

“We are thrilled to partner with a company as prominent as Outrigger to bring a brand new world-class immersive experience to life in Honolulu,” said Eric Grilly, Cirque du Soleil President of resident and affiliate shows. “We look forward to having a new home in Hawaii and drawing on the rich culture of the islands as inspiration for the show.”

Lead image - from left: 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; and Jeff Wagoner, President and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group | Credit: Outrigger Resorts Hotels

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said the Cirque du Soleil show would bring “new vibrancy to Waikīkī”.

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

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