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Tahitian competition teaches important life skills

  • COURTESY MIKE TERUYA

    An average of 65 to 75 children ages 4 through 18 enter Heiva i Kauai’s solo competition. Their teachers choose the color and style of adornments. The competitor below wears adornments of fresh flowers and ferns.

  • COURTESY MIKE TERUYA

    Tattoos have become a noticeable sign of the Polynesian cultural renaissance.

  • COURTESY MIKE TERUYA

    Keiki dancers show off bright costumes and smiles.

  • COURTESY MIKE TERUYA

    Adornments and costumes are generally handmade. The choice of flowers and greenery usually depends on what’s available, accessible and affordable.

Pat Finberg discovered Kauai’s magic in 1969, during a nine-week visit with her mother. She was 15 and, like countless others, fell in love with the island’s beauty, friendly people and relaxed lifestyle. Read more

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