The Best Of Tahitian Dancing This Weekend
Polynesian Cultural Center will pay tribute to Tahiti in its 13th annual Te Mahana Hiroa O Tahiti, a festival and competition Friday and Saturday at the park that’s timed to coincide with the yearly Heiva (celebration) in Papeete.
“It’s always a thrill to see the talent each year,” said PCC’s chief operating officer Alfred Grace, “especially when showcased through the different skill levels ranging from the eager-to-learn tamarii (youth) to experienced taurearea (adults).”
Back by popular demand this year is the invitation-only division, set for 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday in PCC’s Tahitian village, which draws the most skilled and graceful dancers. Group competitions offer both otea (fast, rhythmic dance) and aparima (slower, hands telling a story) in the Pacific Theater from 9:30 am. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for keiki ages 5 to 11. For more information, call 293-3333.
The festival recently was condensed into a one-day event and will feature only the solo and invitational divisions. The entire program will run from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 in PCC’s Tahitian Village.