Innovative 3-D mapping show to light up Waikiki pool

Photo: Sheraton Waikiki

An innovative new light show is coming to Waikiki.

Starting August 1, Sheraton Waikiki will launch “Helumoa,” the world’s first permanent 3-D pool mapping light show.

Two different shows will take place nightly at 8 and 9 p.m. at Helumoa Playground next to RumFire restaurant, and will be free and open for viewing by both resort guests and the general public.

The $1.3 million production was created by the production company PointCloud using Raylight4D technology to project graphic figures and images over the nearly 200,000-gallon pool complex.

Traditionally, 3-D mapping technology projects images onto building surfaces, but “Helumoa” will use 7,503 square feet of water to create vibrant, reflective illusions.

The first show, “Helumoa: The birth of Hawaii,” opens with hot lava flowing from volcanic eruptions depicting the creation of the Hawaiian islands, then explores the art of hula and ancient Hawaiian na aumakua, or ancestor deities.

The second show, “Helumoa: The legendary story of Waikiki,” illustrates the early days of Waikiki, the origin of surfing, and the rise of two of Hawaii’s most historic resorts — Moana Surfrider and The Royal Hawaiian.

The resort says the shows were created to provide guests with a contemporary way to learn about Hawaii’s deep-rooted culture and history.

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