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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Top Tahitian Dancers Showcased at Cultural Festival

The vibrant and spirited culture, music and dance of Tahiti will be on display during the 14th annual Te Mahana Hiroa Tumu O Tahiti fete (festival) at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) on July 10, 12, and 13 at Laie, Oahu, Hawaii.

This year, the cultural celebration will feature a Tamure marathon for the first time in the festival’s history, followed by two days of Tahitian dance competition.

Attracting visitors and locals alike, this crowd-pleasing festival features tamarii (youth) and taurearea (adults) dancers from around the island competing in solo and group divisions.

“This annual fete provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the thrilling talents of different skill levels ranging from the eager-to-learn tamarii to experienced taurearea,” said Logo Apelu, PCC’s Chief Operating Officer. “It is a joy to see both tane (male) and vahine (female) performers display their many artistic talents and skills, but more importantly, to see their passion for Tahitian culture come alive on stage.”

New to the fete this year is a three-hour Tamure marathon on Wednesday, July 10. The fun and interactive event introduces beginners to the basic steps and movements of traditional Tahitian dances. The workshops held one after the other are led by expert instructors, with all participants receiving a t-shirt.

Admission for each day of the festival is $10 for adults, ages 12 and up, and $6 for keiki, ages five to eleven. Entry into the Tamure Marathon is $10 for adults, ages 12 and up, and $6 for keiki, ages five to eleven. Kamaaina Annual Pass holders, full-day ticket holders and keiki under the age of five receive free admission to PCC and all Te Mahana Hiroa O Tahiti events (excludes the Tamure Marathon). 

For more information or to make reservations, visit www.Polynesia.com, or call the PCC ticket office at (808) 367-7060. On Oahu, call (808) 293-3333.

For more information about top events in Hawaii take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Hawaii