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Elvis Lives on Maui at Burn’n Love

My mom loves Elvis. She named my sister Lisa Marie. Growing up as a teenager in the 60s it didn’t matter that she was in another country. Elvis was the King, even in Mexico. She just sent me this text:

“Hi June. Today is 39 years since Elvis died.:(We were going to Mexico, you were 14 months old and we heard the news on the way to Guadalajara.” I have grown up with my mom telling me two important dates annually since I was young. The day Elvis died and the day she married my dad.

Two years ago Darren Lee began performing a Hawaii-themed Elvis show called “Burn’n Love” in Lahaina, Maui. This summer we all went to see Burn’n Love as a belated Mother’s Day gift. There were 19 of us including all the young cousins and we all had a fun and memorable night. My mom sat in the aisle hoping to get a little attention from Darren Lee and to her delight, she did get a hand-shake during one of his performances where he walks up to the audience. He also had a cute “conversation” with her after my mom yelled “I love you Elvis!” during a quiet moment between songs.

I’ve seen the show several times and love it every time! The first time I saw the show when Darren Lee appeared to rise above center-stage on the hydraulic stage floor through a mist of fog, my mom leaned over to me and whispered, “I have the chills.”

Darren Lee as Elvis at Maui

Darren Lee as Elvis at Maui’s Number 1 Rated Show Burn’n Love

These “chills” came even before Darren Lee began to play a single chord on his guitar or sing a note. Watching Elvis come to life was exciting but watching my mom’s expressions throughout the show was priceless. She later told me that she felt like she was watching Elvis.

Darren Lee as Elvis and Dancers at Maui

Darren Lee as Elvis and Dancers at Maui’s Number 1 Rated Show Burn’n Love

Darren Lee is not an Elvis impersonator. He does not lip-sync (à la Jimmy Fallon) and pretend to play the guitar. He is an Elvis Tribute Artist. In 1997 on this day he was rated the “# 1 Elvis Tribute Artist in the World” in Memphis, Tennesee. Darren Lee is Elvis. His guitar playing, voice, authentic costumes and signature dance moves bring Elvis back to Hawaii. Energetic dancers move from hula to swing dancing as the world-class musicians and backup singer accompany Darren Lee’s performances.

Darren Lee as Elvis and Hula Dancers at Maui

Darren Lee as Elvis and Hula Dancers at Maui’s Number 1 Rated Show Burn’n Love

Audio and video vignettes played during costume changes give the show dimension and provide the audience with the story of Elvis’ love of Hawaii. One portion of the show stood out as a phenomenal display of the talent of Darren Lee and his band. They gathered center stage on chairs to perform in the same style Elvis did in the 1968 television special Elvis.


Darren Lee as Elvis Performs with World-Class Musicians at Burn’n Love

Burn’n Love is performed in the 680-seat Maui Theater in Lahaina, Maui on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The audience is filled with couples and families with children. Kids 12 and under are free. Learn more at www.BurnnLove.com

Darren Lee as Elvis at Maui

Darren Lee as Elvis at Maui’s Number 1 Rated Show Burn’n Love


Maria Tomizawa - This is the Best of the best show that we have in Maui! I want to take everyone in my family who visit me, and friends, they will be trill like myself! and they will tell me, you are rigth Elvis Lives in Maui as an impersonator of the King of Rock and Roll R.I.P yesterday August 16 2016 was his Anniversary of his death 39 Years ago The KIng left the world! Like they used to said Elvis has left the building.

Sharyn williams - Love that our daughter , Chelsea is in this great show. We will see the show in October.

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