The Lion King Prepares to Say Aloha

Bob Amaral
Bob Amaral

HONOLULU (KHNL) - After making a big roar at the box office for nearly three months, the talented cast and crew of "The Lion King" prepares to say goodbye to Hawaii.

In less than a week, the hit broadway musical ends its run in Honolulu at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Monday evening, the award-winning crew received a warm mahalo. A private party was held in their honor at Giovanni Pastrami in Waikiki.

Many of "The Lion King" members have become regulars at the restaurant, some eating there everyday before a show. Mondays are the cast member's day off, so on their last night off, the owner decided to throw them a farewell bash before they leave for the mainland.

"It's been very fun, a very good experience so we really felt the aloha spirit here," said Jamani Epps, who plays young Nala.

"The audience has been really great. The other night when we announced UH had won and they didn't know, I'd never heard a sound like that in my life. It was this wall of sound that came out of the audience. It was great," said Bob Amaral, who plays Pumba.

Organizers say first-day ticket sales in Hawaii broke national records. They also say "The Lion King" is the longest running broadway show on our islands.

The last show is this Sunday.

"The Lion King" cast was originally planning to leave a month-and-a-half ago, but demand was so intense, organizers tacked on six more weeks to the schedule.