While in Papeete, we had idyllic timing for the Heiva Dance festival. We were able to watch the rehearsal of the big, week-long event coming up. The celebration actually extends through the month of July.
There's history behind the event, which began around the celebration of the French Bastille Day, but as colonial rule fell out of favor, it became a celebration of Polynesian culture. There are dancing competitions, craft displays, canoe races, stone-lifting competitions and the ever-popular beauty pageant for both men and women.
We had to sit through discussions of choreography and the dancers were not wearing their magnificent costumes, but for no cost we were able to watch an amazing ...Read More