'Ia Ora Na and Welcome

Heiva i San Francisco's Virtual

Drumming & Music Competition

Meet Our Judges


HINATEA COLOMBANI is multifaceted in Tahitian Language, Culture and Arts. She has been a previous member for notable Tahitian groups: Poerani Dance School, under Makau Foster and Toa Reva under Manouche Larthel. She is the director for Matehaunui Dance School and the founder for Cultural & Art Center ‘ARIOI and Co-Founder/Partner for ‘Arioi Experience in Papara, Tahiti. She shares her knowledge and expertise through her workshops in numerous countries expanding her influence worldwide. We are honored to have Hinatea as a member of our panel of judges.


TIANA LIUFAU is the Creative Director for NONOSINA Polynesia in Anaheim, California. Her virtuosity in Tahitian arts and culture range – but not limited to – drumming, music, and choreography. Her creative expertise and influence are global, while maintaining high standards for her own award winning group, NONOSINA. Her work is most notable for her contributions to the Disney movie “Moana”, and television series “So You Think You Can Dance”. We are  honored to have Tiana as a member of our panel of judges.


KEVIN KAMA is the group leader for IA’ORA O TAHITI NUI in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kevin is an accomplished instructor, musician, and drummer in the Tahitian arts. A respected, and avid musician, his innumerable visits to Tahiti developed strong bonds and lasting friendships led Kevin to become a frequent participant at Tahiti’s most esteemed annual event, Heiva i Tahiti. Kevin extends his expertise by serving his local community – and globally – in performing and teaching Tahitian music and drumming. It is a pleasure to have Kevin as a member of our panel of judges. 

About Our Event

This is our 2nd virtual Heiva event this year. We hope you enjoyed our last Virtual Solo Competition July 18, 2020. We would like to continue the festivities and are now accepting entry submissions for Heiva I San Francisco’s Virtual International Drumming and Music competition, open for solo and group entries. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned musician, you can choose the category that will best showcase your work with the option to choose à la carte or multiple entries. This is a great opportunity to be a participant in the 1st Virtual Tahitian Drumming and Music Competition! The world is waiting for remarkable sounds coming from amazing musicians worldwide. We will feature ALL entries during our livestream broadcast Saturday, November 14, 2020. In addition, please continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and current information. We hope you are all enjoying the remaining days of summer staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. Māuruuru Roa

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