Tahiti Itinerary Part One

We couldn’t let 2017 end without sharing a post with you about our most favorite trip of the year!  On Thanksgiving, we traveled to the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia. The main purpose of this trip was to immerse ourselves in the rich culture of Tahiti and to participate in the Ori Tahiti Nui Competition. We are Tahitian dancers with the group Te Pura O Te Rahura’a of South San Francisco and this culture has been a huge part of our lives for many, many years. Don’t worry, we also made time for some R&R on the islands, which we’ll gush about later. The OTN competition is put on by Manouche Lehartel & Tumata Robinson at the Le Meridien hotel in Tahiti.  You can see clips from the competition in our linked video:

We enjoyed (“LOVED!”-Kaylena) the breakfast buffet in the hotel every morning, and these little chocolate croissants have always been a personal favorite. We’d even sneak some back to our hotel room for a late night snack!Processed with VSCO with a6 preset
We participated in the Mehura category of the OTN competition on the first day. We were fortunate to have an abundance of help with our costumes made up of delicious smelling tiare flowers and ginger petals. If only our computer monitors were scratch and sniff!
Processed with VSCO with a6 presetOur group director, Marilou, and one of the group’s costume designers, Imogene, pinned us into place. You could feel the excitement and nerves filling the air in that room.

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetAlthough we did not place, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in Tahiti, for the world renowned judging panel.
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In our next post, we’ll talk about our stay in Moorea.  It was so breathtaking! Be sure to check it out!