Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Gearing up for Kori Kori Tahiti Fete

Ravahere Allred, producer of the Kori Kori Tahiti Fete has recently released detailed information about this years event. Taking place over the November 13-15, 2009 weekend, activities include Tahitian dance workshops by Tumata Robinson, soloist and group competitions, and the Miss Pearls of Polynesia beauty pageant. Also announced is a featured show by the Anaheim, California group - Nonosina.

Activities actually begin on Thursday. Tumata Robinson, a former leader of the acclaimed group Les Grands Ballets de Tahiti and current director of her own group Tahiti Ora will be conducting the Tahitian dance workshops on Thursday and Friday. The workshops will be followed by the Miss Pearls of Polynesia beauty pageant. Last year Dina Auneau walked away with the crown at the first annual event.

Saturday will feature the soloist and group competition. The competition will conclude on Sunday. The awards ceremony will follow. In the afternoon, Nonosina will present their show and a dinner/dance will conclude the activities.

A special room rate for the event has been arranged at the Circus Circus hotel (1-800 634-3450). Just mention the group promo code B11MPP and mention Miss Pearls of Polynesia/Kori Kori Tahiti Fete for the special rate. Visit the Kori Kori Tahiti Fete website for more information, applications and contacting the producer.

The Kori Kori Tahiti Fete is the last major Tahitian dance competition of the year. It takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be the second annual event after last years premier. Additional information will be forthcoming.


Kori Kori Tahiti Fete Entrance Fee: $10.00

Nonosina Show: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. $10.00 in advance for kids under 10 and $15.00 at the door.

Miss Pearls of Polynesia: $20.00 for Adults, $10.00 kids under 10

Tahitian Dance classes by TUMATA ROBINSON: $50.00 for 2 Hours session

Sunday Evening 15th November, 2009 8.00 pm to 11.30 pm
Dance floor and DJ. ONLY 100 TICKETS FOR SALE. Buy your tickets today!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Heiva i Kauai 2010 announced

Heiva i Kauai has announced tentative dates for their event next year. Again being held at Kapa'a Beach Park, activities will take place over the July 31-August 1, 2010 weekend. It will again feature solo and group competition, drumming, craft and food vendors. For more information, visit their official website. Heiva i Kauai is produced by Tepairu and Sally Jo Manea.

Heiva i Hilo canceled

It had a promising start but event organizer Kahealani Kapana recently announced that the first Heiva i Hilo event planned for March next year will not occur. Citing several factors, she reluctantly decided that it wasn't going to work out. The logistics, group schedules, permits and timing all contributed to the decision.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Heiva i Maui set to take the Stage

With summer winding down it doesn't mean that Tahitian dance is as well. Quite the opposite. This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16, 2009, Heiva i Maui will take place at the War Memorial Gymnasium in Wailuku.

Event director Lolita Eugenio has organized the 12th annual event to feature local Tahitian dance and drumming groups, Polynesian crafters and local food vendors. Advance tickets are available for $10 (children 6 and under are free). Call (808) 250-0737 for more information. At the door, tickets are $15.

Results for Heiva i Kauai 2009

Tahitian dance groups from Oahu and Kauai vied for top honors in this years Heiva i Kauai. Event activities took place at the Kapa'a Beach Park over the August 1-2, 2009 weekend. The 8th annual event is organized and produced by Tapairu & Jo Manea and Stella Miyoshi.

Overall soloist awards went to Manuel Trujillo (Overall Junior Tane), Poerava Lee (Overall Junior Vahine), Julian Maeva (Overall Senior Tane), and Lani Figaroa (Overall Senior Vahine). Awards for each age group were also awarded and are listed below.

Te 'E'a O Te Turama (Maile Lee) of Oahu, took several group awards including the Overall Group award. While Manutahi Tahiti (Pola Teriipaia) took top honors for their Ote'a presentation.

Complete results are below. For a look at past results for events, visit Tahitian Dance.

Overall Junior Tane Soloist
Manuel Trujillo of Ta'ere Tia'i

Overall Junior Vahine Soloist
Poerava Lee of Te 'E'a O Te Turama

Overall Senior Tane Soloist
Julian Maeva of Manutahi Tahiti

Overall Senior Vahine Soloist
Lani Figaroa of Ori Uviira

Age 4-6 Tamaroa
1. Qandon Josue of Te 'E'a O Te Turama

Age 4-6 Tamahine
1. Nicole Graham of Te 'E'a O Te Turama
2. Taylor Acosta of Manutahi Tahiti
3. Jayda Candelaria - Independent

Age 7-9 Tamaroa
1. Oviri Avaeoru-Villatora of Ta'ere Tia'i

Age 7-9 Tamahine
1. Jade Anton of Te 'E'a O Te Turama
2. Tia Takasaki of Halau Hula o Leilani
3. Sophia Rivera of Ilima Rivera's Hula Studio

Age 10-12 Tamaroa
1. Manuel Trujillo of Ta'ere Tia'i
2. Tamatoa Uta of Te 'E'a O Te Turama
3. Kainoah Ferris of Ilima Rivera's Hula Studio

Age 10-12 Tamahine
1. Poerava Lee of Te 'E'a O Te Turama
2. Caramia Kricken of Te Ora Roa Otea
3. Tahra-Leo Kaui of Ilima Rivera's Hula Studio

Age 13-15 Tane
1. Emmsley Drake of Rohotu
2. Zacchaus Uta of Te 'E'a O Te Turama
3. Kamuela Ferris of Ilima Rivera's Hula Studio

Age 13-15 Vahine
1. Tara Teriipaia of Manutahi Tahiti
2. Kristie Pii Matias of Tamatea Nui
3. Victoria Rivera of Ilima Rivera's Hula Studio

Age 16-18 Tane
1. Kainalu Tolentino of Te 'E'a O Te Turama
2. Ranson Lee of Manutahi Tahiti

Age 16-18 Vahine
1. Chelsea Clement of Te 'E'a O Te Turama
2. Kalei Onzuka of Maohi Nui
3. Jessy Lasala of Nonosina

Age 19-25 Tane
1. Julian Maeva of Manutahi Tahiti
2. Mikaele Oloa of Manutahi Tahiti

Age 19-25 Vahine
1. Lani Figaroa of Ori Uviira
2. Candace Laamea of Rohotu
3. Keana Camense of Manutahi Tahiti

Age 26-39 Tane
1. Nicolas Kaneakua of Ori Uviira
2. William Maycong of Kaiko Boy Entertainment
3. Mahiai Kekumu of Te 'E'a O Te Turama

Age 26-39 Vahine
1. Shannon Daliva of Ori Uviira
2. Marie Kricken of Te Ora roa Otea

Age 40+ Tane
1. Lawakua Gabriel of Manutahi Tahiti

Age 40+ Vahine
1. Anuenue Mose of Lumana'i O Polenisia

Group Awards

Te 'E'a O Te Turama of Kaneohe, Oahu

1. Te 'E'a O Te Turama of Kaneohe, HI
2. Ori Uviira of Kapa'a, HI

1. Manutahi Tahiti of Wahiawa, HI
2.Tamatea Nui O Kauai of Lihue, HI

1. Te 'E'a O Te Turama of Kaneohe, HI

1. Manutahi Tahiti of Wahiawa, HI
2. Te 'E'a O Te Turama of Kaneohe HI
3. Tamatea Nui O Kauai of Lihue, HI

Friday, August 07, 2009

Las Vegas welcomes Les Grands Ballets de Tahiti

It's not everyday that one of Tahiti's most influentially progressive and visually entertaining Tahitian dance groups comes to the mainland, but this weekend Las Vegas will host Les Grands Ballets de Tahiti in two shows at the Clark County Library Theater (1401 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119). The two shows will be tomorrow, Saturday August 8, 2009 at 4:30 and 7:30 pm. General admission tickets are $40. A limited amount of deluxe ($60) and premium seating ($100) is also available for both shows. Call (702) 686-5448 for more information. Tickets may also be purchased online at the sponsoring dance group website - Te Ata Ura.

Les Grands Ballets de Tahiti is featuring their new show "Maimiti". The group is known for their vivid costumes, complex choreography, stunning visuals, technical expertise and dramatic music.

In addition to the performances, workshops are reported to be held on Sunday, August 9, 2009. For more information, purchasing tickets and details, contact Steven Silulu at (702) 686-5448 or email him at SNK@TEATAURA.COM

Monday, August 03, 2009

Bringing a taste of Tahiti to Kauai

The members of Tamatea Nui O Kaua'i hear the beat of Tahitian drums in their sleep and find themselves tapping the rhythms wherever they go.

The Tahitian drumming and hula group has been studying under drum-making master Tepairu Manea, and after just four months, they're ready to perform at the 8th Annual Heiva I Kauai Iorana Tahiti, an international Tahitian dance competition.

More of the story at the Honolulu Advertiser

More to come on the events of the 8th Annual Heiva i Kauai coming soon.