Ia Orana and Aloha!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We trust this reaches you in the best of health and spirits!
We are VERY VERY pleased to announce the confirmation of our 3rd annual MANUTAHI Solo Competition, which will again be hosted by Waimea Valley on the North Shore of Oahu. This is a two-day event, held on April 18 and 19, 2009. We will have our solo competition for ages 5-25 and an exhibition for our babies. We are also having a Mr. and Miss Heiva and Couples' competition. Due to high demand and our belief in maintaining relationships with our participating groups, this is the first year that we are expanding to an older group for 22-25 year old adults!
Last year, competitors were garnished with lavish prizes, which consisted of handmade, traditional Tahitian trophies and mounted Tahitian pearl pendants, rings, and earrings. All who came to the event had a wonderful time! We encourage participation. We are also extremely excited to be able to once again share the Tahitian culture with locals and tourists alike, at the beautiful Waimea Valley grounds. A Pupu Ori information packet is available online. It includes guidelines, registration forms, and our hold and harmless agreement.
Please keep in mind that we have our 2nd annual calendar and fundraiser: 2009 MANUTAHI Dances of Tahiti, available year round. This vibrant 12 month calendar proudly features the dedicated students, parents, and family members of Manutahi Tahiti Dance School based in Wahiawa, Hawaii. We strongly believe this collection will attract not only the kama’aina and visitors of Hawai’i, but people from all walks of life throughout the world. (You can purchase the Manutahi Calendar online at Black Pearl Designs ON SALE NOW for $7.50. Hurry before they are gone.)
MANUTAHI, a 501c3 non-profit organization serving the youth of Hawaii, is committed to our primary focus of 2009 and the next few years to come, which is to fund our scholarship program for our driven students seeking to continue their pursuit of academic excellence through the sale of these calendars. The parameters of this scholarship program include maintaining an extraordinary grade point average, contributing a minimum number of volunteer hours to the community, and submitting an essay regarding their volunteer experience and the value of education.
Should you have further interest in our mission or our community goals, please visit our web site at www.manutahi.com. The cost of each calendar is $12.00, which covers the cost of shipping. Although you may not be familiar with our group, the scenery, models, and costuming will speak for itself.
On an even more exciting note, we will be hosting our first ever Taualuga (Samoan Dance) Competition in August of 2009. The winner(s) of this competition will be given handmade, traditional Samoan trophies and other scholarship opportunities. Details for this anticipated event will also be communicated as the date is confirmed.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in any of the above mentioned announcements or if you have any questions, concerns, or inquiries.
I appreciate your time in reading this, and look forward to hearing from you. Let's keep the spirit of the islands alive by promoting our love of Polynesian culture worldwide.
Mahalo and Mauruuru!
Alma M. Damo