Bora Bora Heiva – The Official Photographer’s Take

As the Heiva I Bora Bora 2016 unfolds to reveal the Polynesian’s love to celebrate in a spirit of joy through song & dance, here’s Bora Bora Insider’s:  A Photo A Day” – a pictorial guide taking readers on an adventure through the Heiva.

Each day Bora Bora Insider will select a photo from the collection of the Heiva I Bora Bora’s Official Photographer, Stephan Debelle & add the photo – well sometimes more than a single photo – in strict chronological order to keep readers abreast of what is happening in ‘real time’…….

 

LET THE HEIVA COMMENCE:

Where else to start but with a shot ‘at training’ – dancers & musicians train every night for up to 2 months in advance………& in the interim, hand-make their own costumes!!!!

heiva-training

 

THE OPENING CEREMONY

opening-ceremony

 

DAY 1 – 17th June, 2016 – NUNUE & ANAU’s DAY:

anau-ori-tahiti

heiva-hips

 

DAY 2 – 18th June, 2016 – ANAU & FAANUI’S DAY

himine-anau

faanui-hivinau

faanui-heiva

 

DAY 3 – Sunday, 19th June – SUNDAY RECAP THE WEEK

heiva-goers

heiva-on-fire

faanui-dancer

faanui-at-heiva

faanui-man

 

DAY 4 – 20th June, 2016 – A NEW WEEK (photos here by Bora Bora Insider)

No time for fishing, the fish ‘shop’ is fine………. Time to make my ‘more’ (Tahitian costume):

bora-fish-shop

EVERYBODY in Bora is involved in the Heiva; EVERYTHING performers wear – 4 separate costumes – is made by them, by hand, from essentially local vegetal materials. It’s the same in every Tahitian home on the island…..I just slipped literally next door to snap these shots of Manuotai & Rahera hard at work:

manu-heiva

The ‘more’ (white attire) is made from the bark of the ‘purau’ tree (large hibiscus tree). The beads come from the miro trees growing on Matira Beach, shells adorn many items, pandanus forms the basis of belts, hats & upper body wear, whilst the cups of the brassiere are fashioned from coconuts……..

manu's-heiva

This ‘dry leaf’ costume is fashioned from niau (coconut fronds) & secured with pandanus:

manu-niau

dry-coconut-frond-costume

Dress making – the belt made from pandanus, the leaves from ‘auti’, the sacred plant:

tiipoto-costume

The ‘hatua’ (belt) worn by the women dancers high around their waist & giving the mind-boggling level of hip movement in the Ori Tahiti :

bora-hatua

A wonderful necklace:

bora-hatua

The whole outfit took Rahera just over 3 hours to make. In the foreground the ‘ahu auti’ (dress) covered by the ‘hatua’; in the background the necklace, head-piece & floral lei complete the outfit:

bora-vegetal-costume

Tonight we dance!

 

DAY 5 – 21st June,2016 – FAANUI & TIIPOTO’S DAY

himene-faanui

Do you recognise this guy; recognise the costume ………. Goooo Manuotai:

manuotai-heiva

tiipoto-heiva

 

DAY 6 – 22nd June, 2016 – TRIBUTE TO THE JUDGES & ORCHESTRAS

Rain, hail or shine, the judges are present:

bora-heiva-judges

orchestra-tiipoto

The ‘toere’ is the true ‘director of ceremonies‘ – it directs the dancer’s every movement & keeps the orchestra playing in unison:

toere-tiipoto

 

DAY 7 – 23rd June, 2016 – THE DAY OF COPRA

bora-copra

copra-bora

 

DAY 8 – 24th June, 2016 – PATIA FA (Javelin), TIIPOTO & AMANAHUNE

men-javelin

patia-fa

amanahune

amanahune-heiva

 

DAY 9 – 25th June, 2016 – AMANAHUNE & NUNUE’S DAY

tane-nunue

nunue-heiva

 

DAY 10 – 26th June, 2016 – SUNDAY RECAP OF THE WEEK

miss-heiva

early-drummer

bora-boys

 

DAY 11 – 27th June, 2016 – ARTISAN, FLOATS & ORCHESTRAS.
DAY 12 – 28th June, 2016 – TRIATHLON MAOHI

 

DAY 13 – 29th June, 2016 – TUARO MAOHI (Traditional Sport). (Photos by Bora Bora Insider)

bora-fruit-carrying-races

race-women-bora

bora-men's-race

The winning style:

bora-men's-winner

Sylvain, a legend in Bora Bora, tore the husk from a coconut with his teeth, before cracking it open on a rock using his head!!!

bora-coconut-knock-out

 

DAY 14 – 30th June, 2016 – We’re ‘Half Way’…”Let The Competition Start” – NUNUE & ANAU

himene-nunue

tane-anau

anau-heiva

 

DAY 15 – 1st July, 2016 – ANAU & FAANUI. (Photos by Bora Bora Insider)

faanui-sings

bora-whirls

 

DAY 16 – 2nd July, 2016 – FAANUI & TIIPOTO. (Certain photos by Bora Bora Insider)

faanui-singing

tiipoto-concours

tiipoto-cake

bora-tiipoto

 

DAY 17 – 3rd July, 2016 – SUNDAY RECAP OF THE WEEK.

bora-fire

women's-race

bora-himene-faanui

 

DAY 18 – 4th July, 2016 – VA’A (outrigger canoes). TIIPOTO & AMANAHUNE (Photos from here onwards by Bora Bora Insider)

heiva-va'a

tiipoto-himene

himene-tiipoto

orchestra-amanahune

amanahune-dancers

amanahune-best

 

DAY 19 – 5th July, 2016 – VA’A. AMANAHUNE & NUNUE

amanahune-sings

ute-amanahune

nunue-percusiion

amanahune-veg

aparima-nunue

nunue-finale

 

DAY 20 – 6th July, 2016 – ARTISANAL WEAVING

85 years old – first to set up….& first to finish the competition. Well done Mama!

85-weaver

coconut-frond-weaving

bora-weaving

bora-pandanus-weaving

pandanus-roofing

DAY 21 – 7th July, 2016 – BEST INDIVIDUAL DANCERS, BEST ORCHESTRA

anau's-best

best-faanui

amanahune-best

best-female

bora-percussion

amanahune-toere

individual-best

 

DAY 22 – 8th July, 2016 – AGRICULTURAL FAIR

kaina

IMG_2310-002

 

DAY 23 – 9th July, 2016 – FISHING, VA’A. PRIZE-GIVING – BEST COUPLE (Dance)

bora-vaa-winners

bora-cool-off

This year’s winning catch – 205kgs! See it all here at: Fishing Bora Bora Heiva

bora-heiva-fish

best-couple

bora-best-couple

best-couple-bora

amanahune-best-couple

best-couple-amanahune

 

DAY 24 – 10th July, 2016 – ECUMENICAL CONCERT. RECAP OF THE WEEK.

amanahune-too

amanahune-also

best-of-nunue

heiva-solo

dancing-in-bora

amanahune-rips

heiva-bora-couple

 

DAY 25 – 11th July, 2016 – LES BARAQUES – Eating Out.

bora-baraque

baraque-bora

dinner-baraque

 

DAY 26 – 12th July, 2016 – KID’s DAY
DAY 27 – 13th July, 2016 – FREE DAY
DAY 28 – 14th July, 2016 – Bastille Day.  ‘TOUR DE BORA BORA’ (Cycling)
DAY 29 – 15th July, 2016 – FREE DAY

 

DAY 30 – 16th July, 2016 – VA’A (marathon)

bora-vaa-marathon

 

DAY 31 – 17th July, 2016 – SUNDAY RECAP OF THE WEEK
DAY 32 – 18th July, 2016 – BEACH SPORTS (Soccer)

 

DAY 33 – 19th July, 2016 – BEACH SPORTS (Soccer). Winner’s Dance

Tamarii Faanui – Fitting winners of the Heiva I Bora Bora 2016.

faanui-win

faanui-winners

winners-faanui

faanui-wins

 

DAY 34 – 20th July, 2016 – FREE DAY
DAY 35 – 21st July, 2016 – BEACH SPORTS (Volley-Ball)
DAY 36 – 22nd July, 2016 – Hotel’s Day.

 

DAY 37 – 23rd July, 2016 – RAID ANEI. TAMARII HITIAA

raid-anei-2016

2016-raid-anei

The Heiva I Bora Bora 2016 would formerly close at 3am on Sunday morning. It is said: “a picture paints a thousand words” – so we have decided to dedicate a pictorial report to the coverage of this year’s Heiva.

Look forward to seeing you at the Heiva I Bora Bora 2017!

(Visited 1,099 time, 1 visit today)
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterest

View Tabs for Google+, Facebook & WordPress Comments

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Speak Your Mind

*