Some places are synonymous with a particular festival. Rio has Carnival. New Orleans has Mardi Gras. And Tahiti has Heiva.
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Catch the amateur performances
It may not be the main attraction, but watching little kids in grass skirts wiggle their way around the stage is an endearing glimpse at the future of Heiva.
Stick around for the after-party
You’re in paradise, and chances are you won’t want to leave right away. Take advantage of the fact that dancers perform their acts at smaller, more intimate venues on various islands after the festival has ended. Ask around to get the lowdown on the post-festival hoedown.
With 118 diverse islands offering everything from postcard-perfect beaches to lush jungles and rugged mountains, there’s much to explore here.
Heiva at home
Heiva I Tahiti isn’t the only Heiva. There are similar festivals all over the world, including San Diego, Reno, and Kauai.