Friday night ended in colorful spectacle as Tamatoa took the Waikiki Shell stage performing their Otea presentation of Pele's Journey translated into tahitian dance, song, and drum at Heiva I Honolulu's second day of tahitian dance competition.
Tahitian solo dancers, groups, artists, and craftsman gathered again at the Waikiki Shell Friday for Heiva I Honolulu's Solo Competition Awards Ceremony and a day filled with Tahitian group presentations. Japan, represented three of the five groups in the Junior Division traveling from Osaka (Te Hei Ura), Tokyo (Te Mahana O Te Ra), and Okinawa (Puahinano). Hawaii rounded out the junior division group presentations with groups hailing from Kaneohe (Tamatoa) and Honolulu (Tahiti Mana).
Highlighting the morning in the Solo Awards Ceremony were the first place winners from Thursday's events. These winners will return to the Waikiki Shell stage for yet another competition vying for the titles of Overall Best Male and Overall Best Female dancer and award prizes valued at $3000.
(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.)