Picara

09 December 2012 | Opua, New Zealand
03 November 2012 | Kunutu, Vava'u group, Kingdom of Tonga
03 November 2012 | Kunutu, Vava'u group, Kingdom of Tonga
03 November 2012 | Kunutu, Vava'u group, Kingdom of Tonga
03 November 2012 | Neiafu, Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga
03 November 2012 | Kunutu, Vava'u group, Kingdom of Tonga
03 November 2012 | Falehou, Niuatoputapu, Kingdom of Tonga
03 November 2012 | Tafahi volcano, Kingdom of Tonga
03 November 2012 | Falehou, Niuatoputapu, Kingdom of Tonga
03 November 2012 | Falehou, Niuatoputapu, Kingdom of Tonga
03 November 2012 | Vaipo, Niuatoputapu, Kingdom of Tonga
03 November 2012 | Niuatoputapu, Tonga
21 October 2012 | south side of Samoa.
21 October 2012 | South side of Samoa
21 October 2012 | Apia, Samoa
21 October 2012 | Apia, Samoa
21 October 2012 | Apia, Samoa
15 September 2012 | Suwarrow, Northern Cooks Islands
15 September 2012 | Suwarrow, Northern Cooks Islands
15 September 2012 | Suwarrow, Northern Cooks Islands

Heiva Festival

16 July 2012 | Papeete, Tahiti
Still windy

We have luckily arrived in time to see some of the annual Heiva cultural festival here, most famous for the incredible dancing competitions held nightly. We went to the last performance, where we saw multiple groups singing, drumming, and dancing but sadly there was no photography allowed.
There were often a hundred or more people on stage in fabulous and scanty costumes and more booty shaking than I have ever seen in my life. The drumming was fast, the singing powerful and the ukulele strumming alternated between frenzied and dreamlike. It was absolutely stunning and we got tired just watching the women wiggling their hips and the men waggling their knees all night. The last performance of the night was particularly scenic and reminded us of a South Pacific Bollywood number that went on and on. (though the storyline was a bit confusing, something about don’t eat the red lice…?)
Instead of muscled men in loincloths or girls in grass skirts, you blog viewers will have to settle for this photo of ladies preparing for a canoe race on the waterfront… or search online for Heiva photos to get a sense of the visual impact of the shows.


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Vessel Name: Picara
Vessel Make/Model: 37' Custom Steel Cutter
Hailing Port: Victoria, BC
Crew: Mike Harris, Marni Friesen
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Who: Mike Harris, Marni Friesen
Port: Victoria, BC