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Friday, September 22, 2023  ·  8:00 PM CDT

Chicago Plays For Maui!

A Benefit Concert for Maui

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

Native Hawaiian and Native American community artists and Friends of Aloha Plays For Maui! A curated story-filled journey of songs, chants, and hula bridging Maui to Chicago. Led by performing artists Lanialoha & Aloha Lives, William Buchholtz, Mark Jourdan, and more!

Ticket proceeds will go to the Pray for Maui fundraiser organized by Dianne Antonio through Go Fund Me. Dianne and her husband Nate own Da Local Boy LLC, one of Chicagoland's new additions to our local island eateries. Raised in Lahaina, Maui, Dianne, Nate, and their son Sky, like many others, relocated to the Midwest. Our community watched and supported them as they worked hard to save and bring their food truck to Chicago. Many of us had the pleasure of meeting Dianne's Father, Mother, and her younger sister, who helps with the 'ohana business, and who visited often in support. Da Local Boy LLC will continue to offer its proceeds, along with Aloha Eats, Aloha Wagon, and AO Hawaiian Hideout, who are all running specials to contribute to the GoFundMe Page.

Lanialoha Lee

Lanialoha Lee is a multi-instrumentalist, interdisciplinary performing artist of Cultural and Fine Arts. Lee is a 3Arts grant recipient and IL Arts Council Agency recipient of Master and Apprentice. Lee's most recent achievements include her vocal acoustic trio Aloha Lives, with bassist Napuahinano, and Jembe player Kamaeha`o, centered around the `Ukulele, providing a blend of South Pacific island music. Lanialoha & Aloha Lives! has performed frequently in Chicago's Downtown venues including the AO Hawaiian Hideout in the south loop.

As a Midwest-based Native Hawaiian, Lee continues to preserve, perpetuate, and protect Pacific Island cultural arts, hopeful that an appreciation will develop and augment the cultural literacy of those less familiar with the mesmerizing rhythms of music, dance, and poetic text of the South Pacific islands.

William Buchholtz

William Buchholtz (Allison), Algonquin/Metis, is a long-time resident of the Chicago area who has been playing and recording music of many genres for five decades. He now performs Native American flute and piano in programming for both children and adults. Bill is primarily known for his ongoing work with numerous churches; interfaith, social justice and environmental groups; museums; and cultural events including PowWows. He has released his own CD "The Journey Home," on which he plays both Native American flute and piano, and which features his original songs, and has also appeared on a “Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble” CD.

Mark Jourdan

Mark Jourdan is a Ho-Chunk and Oneida singer/songwriter based out of Chicago, IL. He grew up in Chicago spending his summers and weekends traveling the Midwest and Canada going to pow-wows with his family. Music has always played a big part of his life. Driving across the country with his family made the radio and tape players as much of a part of the family as his siblings. His father took him to see B.B. King when he was 16 and that was his first experience of what it meant to “own a room”.

Logan UhiwaiO'Alohamailani Rasmussen (she/her) is a Native Hawaiian, Chicago-based actor, and musician, and holds a BFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University. Regionally she has worked with Hawai`i Shakespeare Festival and the Great River Shakespeare Festival, in Minnesota. Currently, she is a company member with Theatre Evolve and is cast for the upcoming reading of Kasha of Kaimuki by Playwright Hannah I`i-Epstein, owner of Nothing Without a Company, and Aloha Center Chicago Board Member. She is the newest member of Lanialoha & Aloha Lives! (Pacific Soundz Production). By day she follows her passion for environmental conservation, community engagement, and indigenous justice as a Public Engagement Facilitator at Shedd Aquarium.

Selected Chicago acting credits include Midsommer Flight (Cymbeline), Babes with Blades Theatre Company (Richard III), and Theatre Evolve (Krugozor).