Other Events at the IAO

Friday and Saturday May 26 & 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Jazz Maui 2017 East Meets West Festival

Where Eastern and Western Music, Art and Culture Collide and Inspire

The annual East Meets West Festival encourages cross-cultural dance and music collaborations, exploring a variety of styles and movements from east and west. This two-night program features an exciting lineup of professional jazz fusion and dance artists along with community orchestras and student combos:

Friday, May 26 at 6:30 pmNa Alii Big Band and Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra from Maui open the show. Cultural dance performances by Angel Prince and Toni Pasion of Hawai‘i followed by Billy Chang of Taiwan and Tara Pandeya from the U.S. (Chang and Pandeya performed together from 2010 to 2015 in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion. Billy was the God of Fire and Tara was Goddess of Water.) Ictus, a jazz fusion band from Spokane and Gonazaga University, closes.

Saturday, May 27 at 6:30 pm – June Skies Jazz Combo of Maui opens the show. Cultural dance performances by Sarala Dandekar, Akari Ueoka and Jazmyne Geis from Maui followed by Billy Chang of Taiwan and Tara Pandeya from the U.S. Zan accompanies the dancers on bamboo flute. Ictus, a jazz fusion band from Spokane and Gonzaga University, closes.

Presented by the nonprofits, Jazz Maui and Arts Education for Children Group.

For details, visit EastMeetsWestMaui.org

Sunday May 28, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Halau Hula Wehiwehi O Leilehua

2016 Performance of Halau Hula Wehiwehi O Leilehua at the Historic Iao Theater

For 28 years Halau Hula Wehiwehi O Leilehua, under the stewardship of Kumu Gordean Leilehua Bailey, has sought to preserve Hawaiian culture through the teaching of its arts. This year’s concert celebrates the music of Kahauanu Lake and the hula stylings of Aunty Maiki. Music by Kuliaikanuu.  We have chosen to establish a Haywood Kahauanu Lake Scholarship at St. Anthony High School.  We need your help!  This event presented by Halau Hula Wehiwehi O Leilehua.

June 2, 2017 at 7 PM

Food for Thought Concert

Tempo of the Heart Presents: A benefit concert for the Hawaiian Farmers Union United, focusing on regenerative agriculture which is an approach to food and farming systems that regenerates top soil and enhances biodiversity. A portion of each ticket will also support commercial free Mana’o Radio.  The participating artists are: Internationally acclaimed artist, Steven Von Linne; Jeordie Schekeryk (daughter of famed artist Melanie;) and Chad MacDonald; Pat Simmons, Jr (son of legendary lead guitarist for The Doobie Brothers, Pat Simmons;) The Deborah Vial Band and award winning Kanekoa.  (Click the image below for Tempo of the Heart website)







June 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Makana in Concert

A Benefit for Hui o Nā Wai ʻEhā and Honoring Protectors of Maui’s Streams and featuring a live performance by  Kaʻena Eleban

 Join internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer Makana for this special concert to benefit Hui o Nā Wai ʻEhā’s ongoing work to ensure Maui’s streams and water resources are maintained as a public trust resource. Hui o Nā Wai ʻEhā is a community-based non-profit on Maui that is seeking to restore and protect mauka to makai flow to the four great rivers of Nā Wai ʻEhā (Waikapū, Wailuku, Waiehu, Waiheʻe). Proceeds from this event assist Hui o Nā Wai ʻEhā in covering their ongoing legal costs and raising awareness. Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. His guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants.”