Sunday, January 17, 2010

Tamarii Tahiti Fete

The Tamarii Tahiti Fete has updated their website for the upcoming March 27, 2010 event in Orlando, Florida. The fifth annual event will be held at the Oak Ridge High School Gymnasium. Featured on the site is last years' overall junior soloist Cheyenne Romanillos.

Rules/regulations, vendor forms and applications are now available online for download. For more information, contact event organizers Evelyn Oloa and Isitolo Oloa or visit their official event website.

New Look, New Year

What's in store for this year? Well, this is the first update that you'll see at Black Pearl Designs in the new year. We're moving things along to a point where we think it will be even more useful in the Tahitian dance community.

The design is a step forward in the web 2.0 era. Along with our Twitter account (we try to tweet at least once a week), Facebook fan page, and designers blog, we've tried to bring the important news about each event.

We're committed to the culture and dance. Feel free to comment, give us a tip, or ask questions. We're more than happy to spread the news to our readers. Keep checking, subscribe and follow us for the latest info and news. Mauruuru.

Heiva i Honolulu expands-adds 4th day!

With the amount of groups participating in this years' Heiva i Honolulu exceeding capacity, the event has announced the addition of a fourth day to its schedule. The event will start on Wednesday, March 17th and run to Saturday, the 20th. Soloists will compete on the first day and groups will compete the following three days.

This is a full schedule with a balanced mix of groups. There are multiple groups competing in each event so there isn't anything that can be taken for granted. Competition is heating up. Many of last years 1st place groups and dancers are coming back to defend their titles and many groups that haven't competed for years are back to challenge.

The schedule is tight so group practice time on stage is limited. However, a large practice area in the adjoining Kapiolani Park is reserved for dance groups throughout the event and the Kapiolani bandstand. The large structure can house most any group and may be used. It's first come first served as a public open air venue.

Applications and rules/regulations are available online but will be updated shortly with additional information regarding the additional day. Check back soon.

Workshops are being planned for Sunday, March 21 so the Spring Break week is full of activity. Details to be announced shortly. And Polynesian handicraft vendors will be showing their unique offerings, many of which are not available in stores.

Heiva i Honolulu
is produced by Tahiti Nui International and takes place annually at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event will run March 17-20, 2010. General Admission tickets are available at the Blaisdell box office, online and other ticket outlets to be announced shortly.

Sponsors for the event include Aloha Hula Supply, Polynesian Cultural Center, Black Pearl Designs, Wahine Toa Designs, Tihati Productions, City & County of Honolulu, Cabana Vacation Suites and Tahiti Imports. Additional Sponsors to be announced shortly.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Heiva i Waimea coming in May

A letter from Manutahi Tahiti

Ia orana and Aloha!

We're excited to announce  our 4th annual MANUTAHI Solo Competition, which will again be hosted by Waimea Valley on the North Shore of Oahu. This is an all day event to be held on May 1, 2010; which is known as Lei Day in Hawaii. We will have our solo competition for ages 5-25, Miss Heiva Pageant and an exhibition for our cute and adorable age group of 4 and below. We are extremely excited to be able to once again share the Tahitian culture with locals and tourists alike. Attached is our Pupu Ori information packet, which entails the guidelines, registration forms, and our hold harmless agreement.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or inquiries. 

I appreciate your time 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!
Tess Camanse DeCorte