Jo Manea of the Heiva i Kauai Ia Orana Tahiti steering committee said the two-day celebration of Tahitian culture that centered around dance, song and drumming is the perfect venue for halau practicing Tahitian to showcase its achievements and accomplishments.
Halau from Honolulu, Maui, the Big Island, and Kauai brought life to the Kapaa Beach Park with a showcase of skills enhanced by the solo and group competitions.
Hundreds of people flowed through the park, capitalizing on shopping through the wares of crafters, many of whom come with Pacific Island and Tahitian wares. The festival was enhanced with the food offering of local-style Hawaiian grinds as well as exotic Bali cuisine.
A silent auction featuring contributions from the community as well as vendors in the craft tent livened up the action along with cultural demonstrations ranging from fire knife dancing, lauhala weaving, and Tahitian and Pacific Island woodworking.