Cocktails

  • When: 8th June, 2014
  • Where: Restaurant Matira Beach, Matira, Bora Bora
  • Why: Warm-up for the marriage of Dan & Moana in 2 day’s time
  • Who: Check it out for yourselves.

What a great place to hold a party – IT ROCKS –  brilliant beachfront/waterside setting, great team behind the venue, overflowing with ambience, fabulous food, a ‘sherbert’ or ten, the band pumping, & a dance spectacle to top all others!

Some cruised to the venue along the island’s lagoon-side road, others strolled bare-footed along the white sands of Matira Beach but most arrived to catch sunset over the world’s most beautiful lagoon. All were greeted by the strumming of ukuleles & guitars; all welcomed by the perfume of Tiare Tahiti leis.

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The spread inside was as good as the local music outside:

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Seating options aplenty:

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For those wishing to sit outside, a separate band played:

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Suddenly the deep & forceful beat of the tariparau (traditional Tahitian bass drum) penetrated through the restaurant, whilst to the amazement & thunderous cheers & whistles of those present, the dancers appeared (their more (skirts) are made from the bark of the local purau tree, a member of the hibiscus family):

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It’s powerful stuff; it clearly affects different people in different ways:

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An aparima was then danced for those to be married. A slower tempo dance, its an ancient & sacred form of expressing one’s deepest inner feelings. Needless to say its was banned by the missionaries as being too sensual, debauchery in fact!

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The moment of truth arrives with the ‘invitation to dance’ – protocol demands that those to be married are the first invited:

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‘Old hands’ at the gig!

The ‘piece de resistence’ was about to come. The tamure is very much about having fun; the greatest pleasure that one can bring to a Tahitian who asks you to dance is your active participation…….boy oh boy, did KK give it to them!

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The face on one of the dancers says it all:  ‘ah yes, this is why we dance’!

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Kathy would walk the 10 paces from the dance floor straight into the lagoon to ‘cool off’, shoes & all!

The evening continued to the sounds of a different drum – a local band for those wishing to dance & impromptu performances from those wishing to sing for the bride & groom to be:

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Mother & daughter; happy times together:

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A great place to hold a function of any sorts!

 

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