The 14th annual Heiva I Kaua`i will be held on August 1 and 2, 2015 at Kapa`a Beach Park, 4-1464 Kuhio Highway, Kapa`a, Kaua`i, Hawai`i. Heiva is a celebration of Tahitian culture, which features competition and exhibition performances of exciting Tahitian Otea, Aparima and Ahupurotu dances. Heiva I Kaua`i is an international Tahitian dance and drumming competition which includes solo and group competitors from throughout Hawai`i, the Mainland and Japan.

Heiva 2015 presents a very special group from Tahiti performing exciting dances of the Marquesas Islands. The men and women of To`a Huhina, directed by Daniel Aukara, have earned acclaim throughout Tahiti. On both Saturday and Sunday, the group will conduct formal Polynesian opening ceremonies, followed by performance of Marquesan dances. This group comes to Kaua`i through the sponsorship of Kona Tahitian dance group Temana Rose, directed by Carol Casil.

In addition, guest Tahitian dance group from Honolulu, Te Vai Ura Nui will present traditional Otea and modern Aparima and Ahupurotu dances, music and drumming on both days.

More than 40 vendors offer an extensive array of Tahitian and other Pacific Island crafts, gifts, jewelry, art, woodwork and clothing. Food vendors sell a wide variety of ethnic foods. Polynesian artists and crafters demonstrate various cultural practices. Tahitian dance and drumming and Samoan fire knife dance workshops are scheduled for 5 PM Saturday and 8:30 AM Sunday. Call 808-822-9447 to register.

Solo dance competitors must register and obtain competition numbers and instructions between 4 and 6 PM Friday at Kapa`a Beach Park. Off-island soloists who plan to arrive Saturday morning may make special arrangements at time of application.

Gates open to the public at 9 AM, with opening ceremonies beginning at 9:30. Solo competition will be held on Saturday, starting with the youngest age groups and continuing through age groups until the championship dance-offs on Saturday 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. Please note that schedules will be adjusted to accommodate the number of entries.

Last day to enter solo or group competition is

July 25, 2015.

No applications accepted after this date.

Audience participation is encouraged for the audience Tahitian dance competition and the coconut-husking contests. Award presentations will take place Sunday afternoon.

The event’s host hotel is the Plantation Hale Resort at the Coconut Plantation Marketplace in Kapa`a, phone 1-800-775-4253. Reference Heiva I Kaua`i for reservations.

Admission is $6 a day at the door. Children age 6 and under are admitted free.

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.