Heiva I Kauai will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the Kapa'a Beach Park. Gates to the heiva open at 9 am and competition for the Tahitian dance will start at 10 am on both Saturday and Sunday. Events will be interspersed with performances from guest artists including Teva Nui of Huahine, Poa Here of Hilo, Tamarii A Hiwa of Laie, O‘ahu, and Tamatea Nui of Lanai.
Competition events include solo for Ote‘a vahine and tane for junior, senior and master divisions. Group competition categories include Ote‘a, Aparima, Ahuroa and drumming in both traditional and contemporary styles.
Admission to the heiva is $5 and patrons are able to enjoy the competition, exhibitions as well as shop in the craft area that will feature Kaua‘i crafts and vendors as well as a variety of items from south and western Pacific Islands.
In addition to the dance competition and exhibitions, special workshops on Tahitian drumming and dance will be available from 5 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, and 9 am to 11 am on Sunday.
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