Tiare Apetahi Polynesia   

Hawaiian Cultural & Spiritual Arts 


History of Awards and Achievements

Posted by pukaimua@gmail.com on May 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM

1985 Miss Tahiti Vahine Second Place Soloist winner Kahealani Silva (Dance Instructor).

1985 Graduated from Hula Halau O Kahealani, Kaneohe, HI under the direction of Kahea Newalu Morton and Mili'aulani Newalu Young.

1986 Miss Tahiti Vahine, First Place Soloist winner – Kahealani Silva.

1986 Miss Tahiti Kauai Fete, Second Place Soloist winner Kahealani Silva.

1987 Overall Group 優勝 Tahiti Fete. Taught at the UH Manoa Hula 101 non-credit course.

1988 Group Ote'a third place Tahiti Fete. Participant in the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.

1992 Ote’a, Ahuroa, Pareu, Costume Designer for Miss Tahiti Pageant 優勝 (Ms. Ki’iwaikapu Young Hoapili Winner).

1997 Teacher for the Hawaiian Studies program for the Honolulu District.  Grades K-3rd.

2000 Wai’anae Christmas Parade Float Winner.

2001 Hilo Tahiti Fete Winners in Ote’a and ‘Aparima (Jr. Division Categories) and Best in Traditional Costume Ote’a and ‘Aparima.

2002 Kauai Polynesian Festival Winners in Ote’a, ‘Aparima, Drumming, Soloists, Maori Group, Awards Best in Designing of Costumes in both Ote’a and ‘Aparima.

2003 Miss Hawaiian Tropic Hawaii & Kalihi Business Parade Float participants.

2004 Shelby Kapana 2nd runner up Las Vegas Ori Tahiti soloist. (Kumu's youngest daughter).  Also 3rd Place at Merced Competition.

2005 Heiva I Las Vegas - Best In group Ote’a Amui.

2006 1st all women Tahitian Drum group in Las Vegas at Jimmy Buffet's at the Flamingo Hotel.

2007 Hilo Tahiti Fete 1st Tamarii Aparima, Music and Drumming, 2nd runner up in Ote’a.

2008 South Hilo Huli Rotary Club Annual Fundraiser, 2008 Hilo Tahiti Fete 1st runner up Tamarii Otea/Aparima, 2nd runner up Group Aparima. Hula participation in the Hilo’s Queen Lili’u'okalani Gardens’ lei ceremonies. 2nd runner up in the Heiva I Waimea, Ms. 'Aulani Pung from Hilo, Hawaii.

2009 South Hilo Huli & Puna Rotary Club Annual Fundraiser, Kokua drumming to group Merahi of Keaukaha & Kalihi Christmas Parade participants.  

2009 A Judge of Female soloist dancers for the Wailua Tahitian Festival by the Oloa 'ohana.

2010 Heiva I Honolulu Second Place in Ahuroa Jr. Division. 2010 Heiva 'Ai 'Ai 2nd place 'Ahuroa.  (after awards were given the committee dropped us down to 4th place 2 days later?) hmm.

2010 Keiki Hula Competition contestants. Audience Award. Only 1 month to practice in lieu of Kumu hula, Ray Fonseca's passing. Mahalo Jan Itagaki for this opportunity.

2013 - 2017 Training Tahitian Dance soloists. Initiating workshops around the world. 

2017 Teaching Kumu hula from Fukaya, Saitama, Japan.

2018 Teach Drumming to All ladies drum ensemble and Interviewed By Japan Magazine "featured in Kumu Hula Files".

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