Heiva I Kauai – Tahitian Dance and Drumming Competition

August 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heiva I Kauai celebrates the 19th anniversary of this unique, exciting and colorful Tahitian dance and drumming competition on August 1st and 2nd.  This annual event provides a venue for performers of all ages to present extraordinary talent, skill and cultural knowledge to an audience of more than 1000 attendees daily. Enjoy sea breezes and coconut trees while attending this outdoor 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 age from toddler to elder, perform solo and group competition and exhibition dances portraying legends and stories of Tahiti. Event admission is $8 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 opening ceremonies, 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.

Event Details

Date: August 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Organizer: Heiva I Kauai
Email: keahimanea@gmail.com
Telephone: 808-822-9447
Website: http://heivaikauai.com/