Heiva I Kauai 2018
In 2018, Heiva I Kauai celebrates the 17th anniversary of a unique, exciting and colorful Tahitian dance and drumming competition. This annual event provides a venue for the next generation of Polynesian performers to present their talent, skill and cultural knowledge to an audience of more than 1000 attendees daily! Participants enjoy balmy sea breezes and whispering palm trees at this community-sponsored, family-centered celebration of Tahitian culture at the Kapaa Beach Park. Participants from Hawaii, the Mainland and Japan, with a range in age from toddler to elder, perform solo and group competition and exhibition dances portraying legends and stories of Tahiti. Award-winning Tahitian dance group Te Vai Ura Nui provides house drumming and exhibition dancing. Participation is encouraged for audience dance competition and coconut husking contests. Solo competition is held on Saturday, starting with the youngest age groups and continuing through adults, until the championship dance-offs in the afternoon. Solo categories include traditional otea vahine and tane, for junior, senior and master (age 26+) divisions. Group categories include otea, aparima, ahupurotu and drumming. Group competition is held on Sunday. Vendors offer an extensive array of of Tahitian and other Pacific Island gifts, jewelry, art, woodwork and clothing. Food vendors sell a variety of ethnic foods. Polynesian artists demonstrate coconut frond and lauhala weaving, Polynesian carving and lei making.