IONA Dancers Host Dinner, Fundraiser

Poolside Dining and Show to Benefit Contemporary Dance in HNL

IONA Dancers Host Dinner, Fundraiser

What's better than an evening spent supporting the arts and imbibing on food prepared by a James Beard-nominated chef fresh off the boat from exile in Kaua‘i? Nothing! (Good guess.) Honolulu's IONA contemporary dancers have joined forces with the Sheraton Waikiki and Colin Hazama (formerly of Jean-Georges' Kauai Grill) to present a Mayan-themed evening of dining and dancing on Saturday, October 8, 2011. The fete will take place around the newly refinished Helumoa Pool starting at 6:00 p.m.

Upwards of thirty IONA dancers will demonstrate new pieces, something called a "living fountain" (let's hope it doesn't stain), "pool spirits" (whether these are watery cocktails or underwater nymphs is still unclear, but prepare for both just to be safe), the Hawaii Pacific University tumblers and a host of creative characters.

In true Mayan fashion, chef Hazama (he was nominated this year in James Beard's "Rising Chef Award" category) will make good use of chocolate (and other such tantalizing delicacies) in a menu that includes: Ceviche with coconut guacamole mousse, vanilla and yucca chips; orange salad with jicama, pomegranate, cilantro and duck chicharron; grilled onaga with achiote adobo, pickled red onion jam and crispy jalapeno rice; carne asada with black chili mole and smoked papaya relish; cilantro lobster with white corn masa and salsa verde.

Hazama truly shines in the sweets department, where Horchata tapioca pudding with cinnamon oil and crystalized tamarind and Mexican hot chocolate with pineapple mint fritters are just a taste of what's to come.

Tickets are $250 per person or $2,000 (to $10,000) for a table of 10. All tickets are tax deductible. Visit www.iona360.com or call 262-0110 to reserve. 

"Upwards of thirty IONA dancers will demonstrate new pieces, something called a "living fountain" (let's hope it doesn't stain), "pool spirits" (whether these are watery cocktails or underwater nymphs is still unclear, but prepare for both just to be safe), the Hawaii Pacific University tumblers and a host of creative characters."