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Money Saving Tips For Getting To The Tahitian Dance Festival - Heiva

You've spent hundreds of dollars for costumes and classes already. Travel to the event is another big expense you wish you didn't have. Island hopping to get to the different Heiva (Tahitian dance festival) on different islands can sometimes (who am I kidding? all the time) be expensive, especially in Hawaii. Why not pool your frequent flyer miles together to get airline tickets? A great way to rack up the miles is ask friends and family to donate to your account. Many airlines now allow sharing miles. Get 5 friends to donate 1000 miles each and you are almost there for a one-way inter island flight (usually 7500 miles one-way).

Another way is to use a business credit card that gets miles. They usually have annual fees but if you use it enough (spend more than $500 a year) you'll usually be able to justify the cost and savings toward a flight. A word of caution, these credit cards usually have higher interest rates but if you keep the balances down or at $0, this won't be a problem. If you haven't started yet, you should and you'll be that much further ahead next time you need to fly (outer islands or the mainland).

Hawaiian Airlines has several credit cards/debit cards that get miles through Bank of Hawaii. And don't forget the partner retailers and special offers (for example, Foodland occasionally offers double miles redemption for their shopper rewards program). There are some partners that offer 5x miles the dollar amount spent. But timing is key on these offers. One way to make sure you are at least aware of these offers is to sign up for email alerts or add their rss feed to your favorite news reader.

American Express Rewards is also a great option. If you can collect enough points for flights, you'll be able to save quite a bit. If you don't have enough, try looking into hotel accommodations and/or car rentals as another way to cut costs. You can also link frequent guest accounts to accumulate points faster. 

What if you have a large group? Check into chartering a flight. Many times large groups are attractive to carriers as it guarantees seats, dates and revenue. Group rates are generally lower that then standard retail rate too. A total package is worth looking into so ask about that as well. Travel industry professionals always have information about deals, promotions and additional rates that hotels and transportation might not publish to the public. It doesn't hurt to ask. If you can get it all in one place, it makes it that much easier. That way you don't have to keep constantly following up with all aspects (but make sure you do some follow up no matter what). 

Lastly, a no-brainer, make sure you add your frequent flyer number to your flights. Flying to the mainland and back will get you about half way towards an inter island award flight. Make sure all who are flying are getting miles. Sometimes I forget to add the number to my kids flights. (they get miles too as long as they have a paid seat). If you forget, you can add them in retroactively too as long as you do it within the required time (Hawaiian Airlines gives you 4 months from the actual flight date).

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Tahitian Dance

Mention Tahiti and you'll get a myriad of responses. It's the birth place of one of the most vibrant and entertaining ethnic dances in the world - the tamure. Tahiti e Imua.

First-hand experiencing of the enchanting beauty and charm of ancient Tahitian dances and cultural presentations is unforgettable. The pulsing drums, the blur of the hip shaking, intoxicating tropical flower scents, and the unmistakable energetic performance that is Tahitian dance are brought together here. Feel free to explore our growing collection of information and sources of the dance and culture of Tahiti.


Tahitian Dance Groups Directory and Tahitian Dance Events Calendar.

More and more of the Tahitian dance groups are coming online. This makes it easier to get in touch, organize and coordinate to give you the information you are looking for. Visit your local Tahitian dance group or look into finding a group in your area.

Dances and Songs of Tahiti

The true name of the Tahitian dance is "'Ori Tahiti". The first names of all the kind of dances have completely disappeared. Today, only the word "Hura" is still used.

The most spectacular of all Polynesian dances, performed by a group of male dancers (‘Ote’a Tane) or a group of female dancers (‘Ote’a Vahine), or sometimes male and female dancers (‘Ote’a Amui). It is inspired by old legends; the themes consist of a certain number of variations, the length of each one being determined by the beats of the To’ere. Sometimes the theme of the ‘ote’a is a contemporary one (celebration of a wedding, welcome of an important visitor, marking of an important event, etc.). The ‘Ote’a are usually performed in traditional costumes (A’ahu More).

For the male dancers

  • The basic step is the pa'oti.
  • Knees open and close as scissors. Knees are slightly bent.
  • Feet stay flat on ground with heels slightly raised. Feet must not been spread - apart.
  • The torso must remain straight (vertical).
  • Two styles of the pa'oti include Pa'oti to'ere (fast movement) and pa'oti pahu - (slow movement, with heels flat.
  • The" tu'e " (kick forward accompanied with move of fists)
  • The " horo " (running move) which can be use for the entrance and for the changes of the dancers places.
  • The " otaha ", combination of poses and skipping used especially to forward.

For the female dancers

  • Keep the knees slightly bent.
  • Keep the bust and shoulders motionless.
  • Keep your arms out stretched at shoulder level with only a slight bend to avoid a rigid look and present a more feminine appearance. Avoid dropping the elbows.
  • Feet are to be flat on the ground. Heels joined and the toes slightly separated to form a "V" shape.

definition: 'apa (kiss) rima (hands), the kiss of hands.
The Aparima tells a story set to music and mimed by gracious gestures of the hands. The Aparima is a group dance inspired by scenes of the daily life; a boy meeting a girl, a vahine combing her hair, paddlers in an outrigger canoe, description of a beautiful site, etc.

The Hivinau is danced divertimento which ends most of the celebrations; it is lead by a dancer famous for his impromptus talents. TheTahitian word comes from the English language " heave now ", used by the sailors when they put themselves in a circle on the bridge of their boat to make their plans.

This dance is generally inspired by scenes of fishing or hunting; it is performed by a limited number of dancers.

It is rythmed by the palms of the hands beating the ground and performed by a male and a female dancer. It has a wild and erotic flavor.

‘Ori Tahiti
The ‘Ori Tahiti, better known as the Tamure.

The Ute are impromptu familiar and satirical songs and are among the most popular Tahitian songs. an improvisor (Taata Pehepehe or Faateni) is accompanied by a small number of other singers.

Himene Tarava
These are choirs performed by an important number of singers (50 to 150) divided into 3 groups, each one being directed by a soloist.

Courtesy Tahiti Tourism Board

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