A brief set of showers blanketed the southern most area of Oahu yesterday morning, as solo competitors of Heiva I Honolulu arrived at the Waikiki Shell. Nearly, 180 soloists took the stage by age, vying for top awards of this year's Solo Competition. Opening the event ceremony, Heremoana Maamaatuaiahutapu, Director of the House of Culture of Tahiti presented a traditional orero and blessing.
Thursday's ten hour long solo competition comprised of contestants from around the globe, closed out their final age category shake down at sunset to the drum sounds of world famous, Maeva I Patitifa, a tahitian music group from Laie, Hawaii. Friday will hold the solo competition awards ceremony, as well as the Junior Group Division presentations. Group presentations will consist of the Otea, fast hip shaking movements, the Aparima and Ahupurotu, fluid dance to "live" contemporary tahitian music, and Drumming.
Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, Tahiti Nui has returned to Honolulu and the Waikiki Shell showcasing solo performers, group presentations, and craft vendors Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week.
(Tickest are sold at the Waikiki Shell Box Office one hour prior to gates opening, continuing throughout the day. General Admission $15 Adult, $10 Child, under 4 no charge.)