In 2017, Heiva I Kaua`i celebrates the 16th anniversary of a unique, exciting and colorful Tahitian dance and drumming competition. This annual event provides a venue for the next generation of performers to present their talent, skill and cultural knowledge to an audience of more than 1000 attendees daily! On Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, from 9am to 5pm, come and enjoy balmy sea breezes and whispering palm trees at this community-sponsored, family-centered celebration of Tahitian culture at the Kapa`a Beach Park (4-1464 Kuhio Highway). Participants from Hawai`i, the Mainland and Japan, with a range in age from toddler to elder, perform solo and group competition and exhibition dances portraying legends and stories of Tahiti. Event admission is $6 at the door. Children age 6 and under are admitted free.

Award-winning Honolulu Tahitian dance group Te Vai Ura Nui provides house drumming and exhibition dancing on both days. Participation is encouraged for the audience dance competition and coconut husking contests.

After opening ceremonies, solo competition is held on Saturday, starting with the youngest age groups and continuing through adults, until the championship dance-offs in the afternoon. Solo categories include traditional otea vahine and tane, for junior, senior and master (age 26+) divisions. Group categories include otea, aparima, ahupurotu and drumming. Group competition is scheduled for Sunday.

Heiva I Kaua`i offers an amateur/youth group category for contestants under age 19! See guidelines for details.

More than 40 vendors offer an extensive array of Tahitian and other Pacific Island gifts, jewelry, art, woodwork and clothing. Food vendors sell a variety of ethnic foods. Polynesian artists and crafters demonstrate coconut frond and lauhala weaving, Polynesian carving, and lei making.

Solo and group competitors, please print, fill out and mail applications to the address noted on application forms before the stated deadline. Competitors will receive instructions, numbers and passes through the mail or from group leaders.

Application and fees must be received no later than:

Monday, July 21, 2017.

No exceptions.

Special accommodation rates are offered to Heiva I Kaua`i participants by the event’s hotel partner, Plantation Hale Suites at 1-800-775-4253 at the Coconut Marketplace in Kapa`a. The accommodations are large, air-conditioned one bedroom suites featuring a full kitchen, separate bedroom with two double beds (king size available on request) , living room with a queen size sofa sleeper, dining area, and lanai or balcony and can comfortably sleep up to 6. These suites are offered to Heiva I Kaua`i event participants at a special rate. Reference your participation in Heiva I Kaua`i when making reservations to receive this special rate.

Heiva I Kaua`i is grateful for support from the Hawai`i Tourism Authority and the County of Kaua`i. This event is ADA accessible. Persons in need of auxiliary aid to participate, please call the number below at least 7 days before the event. For information or to request a vendor, group or solo application, call 808-822-9447.