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‘Ulalena founder honored by Hawaii’s meeting professionals

By Staff | May 20, 2010


Roy Tokujo, co-creator of the highly acclaimed Hawaiian theatrical production ‘Ulalena in Lahaina, will be honored by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Aloha Chapter this month for demonstrating exemplary leadership in Hawaii’s meeting and events industry.

Tokujo has been a fixture in Hawaii’s tourism industry for over 49 years, including serving as chairman of the Hawaii Tourism Authority and acting president for the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau. 

In addition to ‘Ulalena, he has founded other Hawaii traditions, such as Waikiki’s “Magic of Polynesia,” and is widely recognized as a businessman with global business relations.

Staged at The Maui Theatre in Old Lahaina Center, ‘Ulalena started with a vision of sharing the rich cultural history of Hawaii with visitors through a first-class production.

In 1997, he partnered with ARRA Montreal, an artistic team and production company headed by Roger Parent, to take his vision and bring it to life. 

With the meticulous guidance of a number of respected kupuna and Hawaiian cultural scholars, as well as a talented cast, ‘Ulalena premiered in 1999.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is comprised of more than 24,000 members in 71 chapters and clubs worldwide.