Heiva I Hawaii: Celebrating Tahiti with dance, food and gifts

  • Maiya Amano dances in the Vahine 14-17 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Jamaica Moses dances in the Tamahine 11-13 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Mordechai Mokiao dances in the Tamaroa 11-13 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai.

  • Unity Abrojina dances in the Vahine 14-17 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai.

  • Cherami Makimoto dances in the Vahine 14-17 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Nicole Graham dances in the Vahine 14-17 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Pualena Andrews dances in the Vahine 14-17 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Dancy Kepoo dances in the Vahine 14-17 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Nahiena Kekuawela dances in the Vahine 14-17 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Destiny-Rose Bataya dances in the Vahine 18-21 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hokulani Perez dances in the Vahine 18-21 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Eden Au dances in the Vahine 22-29 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Devin Deguair dances in the Tane 22-29 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hyojeong Kawaiola Che dances in the Vahine 30-39 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kahea Akana dances in the Vahine 30-39 division at Heiva I Hawaii Tahitian Dance Competition Saturday at Hale Halawai. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The ninth annual Heiva I Hawaii celebration got underway Saturday at Hale Halawai with the Tahitian Dance Competition.

Dancers from around the island competed in individual Tamahine, Tamaroa, Vahine and Tane age group divisions.

The competition continued Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with overall soloist and group competition.

Polynesian artisans, crafters and food vendors are also featured at this family-friendly free event.

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