The Heiva you've all been hearing about is already upon us. Here's the complete Ori Tahiti schedule provided by the French Polynesia Ministry of Culture and Heiva Nui. The 130th Annual Heiva i Tahiti dance competition will run from July 5-14, 2012 and once again take place at Place Toata in the heart of downtown Papeete, Tahiti.
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Here's the schedule for the dance groups:
Thursday, July 5
Ori i Tahiti (Hura Ava Tau)
Ra'atira - Terau
Theme: The canoe / Te va'a - Reflection on the evolution of the outrigger, its role and origins.
Ahutoru Nui (Hura Tau)
Ra'atira - Anthony Tirao, Arue
Theme: The legend of the coconut tree on the island of Ana'a.
Friday, July 6
Pupu Tuhaa Pae (Hura Ava Tau)
Ra'atira - Arsene Hatitio
Theme: Theme: The privilege of the elder / Te Manatu o te mata'iapo
Hei Tahiti (Hura Tau)
Tiare Trompette, Pirae
Theme: The weaving of Love / Te fenu aroha
Saturday, July 7
Manava Tahiti (Hura Ava Tau)
Ra'atira - Amanda Bennett
Theme: The Kingdom of Atehi - The power of love.
Tamariki Poerani (Hura Tau)
Makau Foster, Papeete
Theme: Life and the Four Elements / Te ora e te fenua te matai, te vai, te ahi
Sunday, July 8
Hitireva (Hura Tau)
Ra'atira - Kehaulani Chanquy
Theme: Timeless color / Uatau - Praise the colors of nature.
Heikura Nui (Hura Tau)
Theme: Deep in my soul / Te hohonuraa o te aau
Wednesday, July 11
Tamarii Manotahi (Hura Ava Tau)
Ra'atira - Monette Harua
Tamariki Oparo (Hura Tau)
Theme: The big giant reptile Maitua called Te Moko
Thursday, July 12
O Marama (Hura Ava Tau)
Ra'atira - Marama Dugan
Theme: The Beginning / I te hamataraa
O Tahiti e (Hura Tau)
Ra'atira - Marguerite Lai
Theme: The Legend of Haumanavaitu - The origin of Poutoru, Tahaa district.
Friday, July 13
Fare Ihi No Huahine (Hura Ava Tau)
Ra'atira - Jean Puupuu
Theme: Te muturaa o Huahine - How the island of Huahine was cut in two.
Temaeva (Hura Tau)
Ra'atira - Coco Hotahota
Theme: Land of Pleasure - Navenave fenua
Haere Mai (Hura Ava Tau)
Ra'atira - Moeata Laughlin
Theme: The sounds of echo / Te o te mau Vevo pehe
Tamarii Faretou No Haapu (Hura Ava Tau)
Ra'atira - Edwin Teheiura
Theme: Faretou - The story recalls the ties that bind Huahine Mataiva to RAROMATAI.
Tamarii Tipaerui (Hura Tau)
Ra'atira - John Cadousteau
Theme: The Legend of Haumanavaitu - traces the origin of Poutoru, Tahaa district.