On behalf of the Tekurio Family, we would like to thank each of you for joining us at our 18th annual Hura Tahiti International Competition. The last we met, in-person was in June of 2019. We canceled our 2020 competition due to Covid and hosted our 1st virtual competition in 2021. It felt so good celebrating each other, listening to live drumming, and watching amazing performances. This competition brings together dancers of all ages, all levels and from all over the world. I could feel the excitement back stage and every dancer left their hearts on the stage.
Māuruuru roa to our esteemed panel of judges:
• Lucie Fonimoana
• Tuko Tekurio
• Rose Perreira
• Hirohiti Tematahotoa-Graff
• Tylon Teaitu Buendia
And to our MC’s who kept everyone laughing throughout the day:
• Roy Asuega
• Wailana Lee
Thank you to all our sponsors who, so graciously helped make this event possible.
• Utah Division of Arts & Museum
• Air Tahiti Nui
• ManuScript Island Records
• Jay’s Legacy Foundation
• Arioi Access
• Aloha Hula Supply
A big Mauruuru Roa to our partners
• Bryson Kim
• Michael Lagman
Bryson and Michael and the Super Heroes of ‘Ori Tahiti Competition Media/Photography/Videography. I’m sure you have seen their work all over social media and their photos on banners and posters at every competition. They are amazing! Their work is amazing and they are the greatest to work with. THANK YOU for all that you do and for the time and effort you put into sharing the Tahitian culture through art.
• Turere Mataoa
• Rio Mataoa
• Frank Taae
For donating our beautiful Premier trophies (handmade) and gifts for our Premier Vahine and Tane!
To our competing groups: Te Pura O Te Rahura’a, Te Rahiti Nui and Tevakanui. As a teacher I can only image the endless hours spent preparing, teaching, designing, choreographing, and planning for our event. Please know that your efforts, especially in my eyes, did not go unnoticed. Your dancers and drummers are a true reflection of the leadership they receive from each of you. Thank you traveling so far to be with us and for being patient as we adjusted our schedule. We hope you enjoyed yourself and traveled home knowing you each did such a great job representing your hometown and honoring the Tahitian culture.
To our Ra’atira’s and Soloists - I know it was a long day and I am so grateful that you guys pulled through and danced so well! Ra’atrias – I said this last year and I echo it this year, YOU are the unsung heroes in the cultural and performing arts community - Mauruuru Roa for your time and commitment.
VENDORS!!!! You guys are amazing! Thank you for joining us this year!
Thank you to the Dixie Convention Center for allowing Te Fano O Te Ra INC to host our annual Hura Tahiti Competition at your venue!
Thank you to the Taulogo and Tiatia family for the beautiful Tongan presentation you brought to Hura Tahiti. Te Fano O Te Ra was lucky enough to dance alongside these amazing performers!
Te Fano O Te Ra, family and friends who volunteered their time to help run our event – Hura Tahiti is an event lead by the Tekurio family, but its success comes from our staff. From the ticket booth to our security to our amazing scoring team, media team, back stage crew and to our house drummers – I.LOVE.YOU. & I appreciate your hard work.
In closing, we are grateful. Thank you for supporting our family and supporting an organization committed to preserving and perpetuating the beauty of Tahiti through cultural and performing arts.
We dedicate this event to you dad. Te faufaa tupuna- in remembrance of our ancestors and in honor of those who paved the way for us. Wishing each of you a safe and blessed year and we look forward to meeting you in person next year at Hura Tahiti 2023.