Molokai Hoe 2016 – The “Professionalism” of Tahiti

The 64th running of the Molokai Hoe would see a remarkable achievement in Tahiti’s "Shell Va’a" winning their 10th Molokai Hoe & an equally remarkable response in the suggestion from certain Hawaiians that the superiority of the Tahitians was due … [Read more...]

Na Wahine O Ke Kai – 2016

The Na Wahine O Ke Kai was first run in 1979 when 10 va’a competed ..... it had taken 57 years to convince certain men that women could safely paddle the course (& only after 2 women's crews has secretly made the crossing in 1975)! Tahiti’s … [Read more...]

Heiva I Waikiki 2016

The week-end just passed marked the staging of the inaugural Heiva I Waikiki, a celebration of Tahitian culture through dance, music, craft & traditional sports. Although due to be staged over Saturday & Sunday with the traditional sports … [Read more...]

Molokai Hoe 2015: “At least we could see the Tahitians this time.”

The Molokai Hoe, the world’s longest running outrigger canoe race having first started in 1952 & regarded as the World Championship of 6 man (3 change) outrigger racing is an event eagerly awaited each year across the globe. This 66km race … [Read more...]

Na Wahine O Ke Kai – 2015 Cancelled

The unofficial world championship of open water outrigger paddling for women, the Na Wahine O Ke Kai (Women of the Water) from Molokai to Oahu across the Kaiwi channel has been cancelled. Although the impact of Tropical Storm Niala was cited it … [Read more...]

Heiva i Honolulu 2015 – Tahiti Mana

The sensational, award winning Tahitian dance group, Tahiti Mana, presented 9 solos and a tamari'i (children) exhibition dance at the 2015 Heiva i Honolulu with a single message: “Dance with Heart; Celebrate Ori Tahiti. Fa'aitoito!!!” In 2003 with … [Read more...]

Molokai Hoe 2014

The Molokai Hoe is an ‘ultimate’ race - the ultimate test of physical strength, mental endurance, determination, teamwork & strategy in a battle against the extreme elements that the sea can produce. The event flowed from a dream of a certain … [Read more...]

Tahiti Mana

There’s a Tahitian inspired dance group in Honolulu that’s got everyone talking - Tahiti Mana, founded in 2011 by the well-known Tahitian Manarii (‘Mana’) Gauthier, a group which "shares and perpetuates Tahitian culture through music, dance, … [Read more...]

Va’a – Na Wahine O Ke Kai

The Na Wahine O Ke Kai, a 41 mile (66km), V6 (10 paddlers) outrigger canoe ocean race from Hale O Lono, Molokai, Hawaii across the Kaiwi Channel to Fort DeRussy Beach on the island of Oahu, is the most prestigious long distance open water outrigger … [Read more...]