The 15th annual Heiva I Kaua`i will be held on August 6 and 7, 2016 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.

A special 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.

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

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.

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.

Application and fees must be received no later than:

Monday, July 25, 2016.

No exceptions.

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

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 base rate of $109 per unit, per night. Reference your participation in Heiva I Kaua`i when making reservations to receive this special rate.

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.