Waikiki Nei Put on Hold

Mixed reviews and the poor economy play hand in the closing

Waikiki Nei, the high-tech show that opened in the Royal Hawaiian Center in August, has been put on hold until the holidays.

In a statement, show producer Roy Tokujo and chief operating officer Todd Dougall said they decided to put the show on hiatus based on “a combination of feedback from guests and industry input,” adding that they plan to revamp the show. “We are eager to take this opportunity to update the show and look forward to an exciting holiday season with the launch of an even more fabulous production,” they said. Presenting a mix of Hawaiian history and culture on a big-budget stage, the 80-minute multimedia production charged from $29 per child to $99 per adult.

Local sources reported that the show sold an average of 300 tickets per show in September, less than half the capacity of the showroom. They blamed mixed reviews and the poor economy for the closing. Level 4, the nightclub and lounge that shares space with Waikiki Nei, will remain open.