IONA'S 2011 Fundraising Gala "MAYA"

(HawaiiNewsNow) -  Considered one the most enchanting, fun and exotic fundraising events of the year, IONA and The Sheraton Waikiki are thrilled to present MAYA on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the stunning Helumoa Pool starting at 6:00 p.m.

According to the "Mayan Calendar," 2012 could be the end of civilization…so why not indulge in the ultimate Mayan experience in benefit of contemporary arts in Hawaii. Single tickets start at $250 per person and themed sponsor tables are available starting at $2,000. Call (808) 262-0110 or visit for reservations.

This year's extravaganza features new inspiring and provocative IONA experiences, more than 30 interactive dancers, a living fountain, pool spirits, Hawaii Pacific University tumblers, the Mayan Calendar Boys (based on the myth of Quetzalcoatl - the powerful winged serpent) and never before seen characters such as Tequila Sunrise, Mayatai, Red Hibiscus, the Orchid and the Cactus.

Sheraton Waikiki senior executive Sous chef Colin Hazama, notably heralded, as a semifinalist for the James Beard Rising Chef Award, will create an elaborate culinary feast poignantly paired with JMD vintages and a seductive chocolate tasting.

Guests will indulge in:

"Eclipse"  Taste of Apocalypse by Chef Hazama

"Ceviche de Cangrejo y Camarones "

Coconut Guacamole Mousse, Vanilla, Yucca Chips

Ensalada de Naranja

Jicama, Pomegranate, Cilantro, Lima Vinaigrette, Duck Chicharron

"The Gods" Kukulkan's Bounty

Tikin Xic Pescado

Grilled Onaga, Achiote Adobo

Pickled Red Onion Jam, Crispy Jalapeno Rice

Recado de Mole

Carne Asada,Black Chili Mole, Smoked Papaya Relish

Langosta Al Epazote en Tamal

Cilantro Lobster, White Corn Masa, Salsa Verde

"Phenomenon" Sweet Illusions

Horchata Tapioca Pudding

Cinnamon Oil, Crystalized Tamirand

Pineapple Mint Fritter

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Spiced Corn Meal Churros

Hibiscus Honey Caramel

"Energy"  Sacrificial Cocktails

Mango Sweet Chili Mojito

Agua De Sandia

Watermelon Lime Martini

Mayan Ritual

Tequila, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, Pomegranate