|Heiva Dance Competition - Toakura Dance Group|
Heiva is the largest festival of the year and spans four weeks and reaches a high point around Bastille Day (start of the French Revolution).
|Bastille Day Parade|
The Bastille Day Parade was very short, but included the civil defense groups, fireman, policeman, marines, etc.
That's it and there weren't many spectators. Kind of strange, but we enjoyed it.
|Carol and Dennis enjoying the show|
Heiva is a month long celebration that includes competions in dance and chant, plus lots of sportings events like canoe races, javelin throwing, stone-lifting, fruit races, and more.
|Winners of the Tahiti-Moorea Relay Race|
"Va'a" is Polynesian for canoe. The 6-man canoes left Tahiti at 8am, rowed to Moorea and back again (about 24 miles over open ocean) crossing the finish line around 2:30pm. It was a relay race, and we aren't sure how often they changed crews. No matter - it was very impressive and the fans stuck with them for the distance. It was fun to watch the finish.
|16-Woman Canoe Races|
In Polynesian, this event is called "patia fa" et "patia ai" - Javelin is easier for us to say! This was a great event to watch.
|Javelin target - a coconut|
Doug tried a short/lighter version of this event - it is a lot harder than it looks.
We loved this guy! Part of his fruit fell off during the first lap of the 50kg (110lb) race. To complete the race, he had to carry the fruit weighing about 50lb which meant changing arms often. It took him almost twice as long, but he finished. We were very impressed.
|Enjoying the festivities!|
- Hitchhiked with a travel service for a nominal fee
- Flagged down an older gent driving a Mercedes (very fast - yikes)
- Museum security flagged down a car and made him take us home - hah! We invited our driver to the boat for happy hour, so it all worked out!
People are wonderful whereever you are, aren't they?
|Not sure, but I liked this statue!|
All very amazing, so glad that we got to experience Heiva!