The Iao Theater is a two-story, reinforced poured-concrete building in a Spanish Mission style hybridized with Hawaiian-Oriental features, with a surface treatment of pink stucco and a rolled metal roof. It is characterized by a symmetrical facade with a square turret at each corner. The Iao Theater is significant as the only remaining historic theater on the island of Maui. Architecturally, the Iao Theater demonstrates a uniquely Hawaiian cultural blend. The building is typical of its period, especially in Hawaii and, in its simplicity, reflects the more modest status of Maui as a neighbor island in the 1920s.
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