While hula may be the first dance that comes to mind heralding from Hawaii, the island of Kauai has a rich representation of people from variety of Asian and Polynesian cultures, including that of Tahiti. Heiva I Kauai is a dance festival and competition enjoyed by locals and travelers alike that provides both entertainment and insight into the Tahitian culture, and one of the most important Hawaii events.
In 2019, this well-loved competition celebrates 18 years of perpetuating the Tahitian culture through dance and drumming. With nearly 1,000 daily attendees, this is a festival not to be missed. Located right along the sea on Kauai’s east coast, enjoying swaying palms and crashing waves as the backdrop for a full day’s entertainment. Dancers come from all around the world, including various Hawaiian Islands, the US Mainland, and Japan to participate. From adorable toddlers to seasoned elders, each dancer strives to pass on the legends and stories of Tahiti through their movements. Watch solo and group dancers compete for the winning title, or try out your own moves during audience participation sessions.
In addition to dance and drumming, a variety of other activities will be happening during Heiva I Kauai, such as lauhala and coconut weaving, Polynesian carving and fireknife dancing, shell craft, and lomilomi massage. Shop craft booths featuring locally made products and enjoy a local-style lunch from food vendors onsite.
Don’t Miss Out Heiva I Kauai
Heiva I Kauai’s 2019 festivities will take place on August 3-4 from 9am-5pm. This event will be held at Kapa’a Beach park, located at 4-1464 Kuhio Highway. Admission for adults is $7, and children 12 and under are free.
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