Sunday, March 18, 2012

The sounds and rhythms of Tahiti were heard throughout Waikiki on the final day of Heiva I Honolulu. Tahiti Nui International hosted it's final day of tahitian dance competition at the Waikiki Shell, Saturday, March 17, 2012. The full day event began near 10:30 am with all first place winners by age category moving forward to compete for the title and prize of best male and best female tahitian dancer of Heiva I Honolulu 2012. The remainder of the day transitioned through the Senior Group Division categories of Vahine Ahupurotu, Aparima, Drumming, and Otea.

Four of Hawaii's premier tahitian dance troupes shook the Waikiki Shell with drumbeats that echoed beyond it's gates into Waikiki, beckoning all to come. By the end of the night, a capacity filled Waikiki Shell became host to the BEST show in Waikiki that evening, with thirty minute Otea programs by Ia Ora O Tahiti Nui, Maohi Nui, and Heretama Nui. Highlighting the evening with many awards, the group Tamatoa of Kaneohe took home the title of Grand Champion in the Junior Group Division, while Heretama Nui, the "people of Pu'uloa", in the Senior Group Division swept first place in Drumming, Raatira, and Otea, as well as the Grand Champion of their group division.


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