Heiva I Kauai Polynesian Dance Festival

August 3rd and 4th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On August 3rd and 4th,  Heiva I Kauai, celebrates its 18th annual Tahitian dance and drumming competition,  a unique, exciting and colorful event, always held on the first weekend in August. The competition provides a venue for the next generation of performers to present their talent, skill and cultural knowledge to an audience of more than 1000 attendees daily! This is an outstanding opportunity to see and learn about Polynesian dance traditions. Held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (gates open at 9 a.m.( enjoy balmy sea breezes and whispering palm trees at this community-sponsored, family-centered celebration of Tahitian culture at the Kapaa Beach Park (4-1464 Kuhio Highway). Participants from Hawaii, the Mainland and Japan, with a range in ages 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.

Award-winning Honolulu Tahitian dance group Te Vai Ura Nui provides house drumming and exhibition dancing on both days. Participation is encouraged for the audience dance competition and coconut husking contests.

After the opening ceremonies, a solo competition is held on Saturday, starting with the youngest age groups and continuing through adults, until the championship dance-offs in the afternoon. Solo categories include traditional otea vahine and tane, for junior, senior and master (age 26+) divisions. Group categories include otea, aparima, ahupurotu and drumming. Group competition is scheduled for Sunday.

More than 40 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.

Heiva I Kauai is always the 1st weekend in August

Starts at 10am, gates open at 9am

Please add Silent Auction daily

Where crafts & vendors are mentioned, please add: locally handmade lauhala items

Event Details

Date: August 3rd and 4th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Organizer: Heiva I Kauai
Telephone: 808-822-9447
Website: https://heivaikauai.com