Heiva I Kauai Polynesian Dance Festival – August 6-7
This year, Heiva I Kaua`i celebrates the 20th anniversary of a unique, exciting and colorful Tahitian dance and drumming competition. This annual event provides a venue for performers of all ages to present their talent, skill and cultural knowledge to an audience of more than 1000 attendees daily! On Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, from 9am to 5pm, come and enjoy this community-sponsored, family-centered celebration of Tahitian culture at the Kapaa Beach Park (4-1464 Kuhio Highway). Participants from Hawai`i, the Mainland and Japan, with a range in age from toddler to elder, perform solo and group competition and exhibition dances portraying legends and stories of Tahiti. Event admission is $7 at the door. Children age 12 and under are admitted free.
Many vendors offer an extensive array of Tahitian and other Pacific Island gifts, jewelry, art, woodwork, clothing and lauhala weaving. Food vendors sell a variety of ethnic foods. Polynesian artists and crafters demonstrate coconut frond and lauhala weaving, Polynesian carving, and lei making. Also a silent auction is held both days of the event.
Bring a beach chair, sunscreen, hats and water.