'Ia Ora Na!

We welcome you to Heiva I San Francisco 2021’s 2nd Annual Virtual Tahitian Competition!

We are pleased that our last year’s Heiva in August exceeded our expectations, being the 1st virtual Tahitian Competition. It was a new and unexplored venture that we took on at full speed.  Staying on course, we produced the first virtual Heiva I San Francisco Drumming Competition held in November 2020. This year we’ve extended our entries to include Solos, Groups, and Drumming to be live-streamed July 17 and 18.  Other newly added categories include Overall Best Costume for Solos, Group, and Drumming. As a bonus, the “Pahu Tūpai ‘I Rima” category entry fee is waived for all participating drummers.We intend to provide an event that will showcase the many dancers and drummers worldwide on a traditional note and the new and innovative approach in Tahitian Dance and Music. It will be informative and entertaining for all ages to enjoy. We realize the amount of time, effort, and cost to participate, and with that in mind, we are featuring all the dancers with no elimination process. We will highlight all video submissions during our live stream weekend event in July. We hope Heiva I San Francisco will provide all the participants a platform to perform and a virtual venue for friends and family to unite and celebrate together.


Nemenzo Te Fare


Founded by Ofelia Nemenzo Bailey in the late 1980s, Nemenzo started as a small group in San Francisco, California – a band of homegrown Tahitian dancers and musicians. This family-based group opened its studio doors in 1996, and operations continue, staffed with immediate family members with an expanded name, Nemenzo Te Fare, to illustrate the many services it houses.

As the group grew, Nemenzo’s frequent travels to Tahiti and performances accumulated top awards in Tahitian Dance and Music worldwide under the guidance and influence of Roiti Sylva and Coco Hotahota (students of the renowned Madeline Moua) to include other distinguished Tahitian masters.

After over 20 years, Nemenzo evolved and renewed its focus on creating a virtual and a physical platform for the Tahitian Culture to thrive through Dance and Music. Involved in this venture came the collaborative support and expertise of prominent individuals and companies whose focus is on the Tahitian Culture’s varied facets.

Nemenzo is motivated to continue this venue as well other similar events with the same thought and purpose.

We are most grateful to all our Tahitian teachers, partners, participants, sponsors, guests, family, and friends for their endorsement in our mission to provide a platform for the Arts and Culture of Tahiti and her islands.

We are a member of the Intersections for the Arts. Intersections of the Arts is a historic arts nonprofit that provides people working in the arts and culture with fiscal sponsorship and resources to grow.

Our intent is to continue Heiva i San Francisco along with our partners and with the help of those who find value in our mission. We thank you in advance for your kind tax deductible contribution. Please click the Intersection of the Arts logo to connect to our direct donation page. 

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