Mar 24 2010

Heiva I Honolulu 2010 Celebration of Tahitian Culture

Published by at 10:19 am under Global View,Hawaii

A Japanese Halau from Okinawa

Last year I took one Tahitian dance class with my friend Simone.  She told me it was a beginner class “no experience necessary”.  Without a doubt, our skills were shocking as we horrified the teachers and other students.  It was so much harder than I thought.  I have such respect for anyone who can make something so hard look so easy and beautiful.  It truly is an art. So when Simone invited me to watch a Tahitian dance competition on Friday, I jumped at the opportunity.

Young Performers from Okinawa

In its eighth year, Heiva I Honolulu is a three day festival showcasing more than twenty-eight groups and 150 solo competitors at the Waikiki Shell Amphitheatre. The participant’s ranged in ages from four to thirty-six years plus.

The growing international interest in Tahitian dance and music was evident as there were groups from Asia, Canada, North America and Hawaii. In fact, event producer, Raymond Mariteragi, President of Tahiti Nui International stated, “this year we are hosting the largest number of groups in the festival.”

The night I attended I watched two groups from Japan who were excellent. Who knew these amazing Japanese ladies had such great Tahitian moves? The music and drums were energizing and the dance costumes  beautiful.

With the exciting drumming, live music performances and Tahitian arts and crafts there was something for everyone. I highly recommend attending this event next year. It is family friendly and a fantastic opportunity to experience the unique and wonderful aspects of Tahitian culture. (Photos and Video: Cara Mazzei)

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