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Welcome to Huraiti Mana's First Annual Fa'aori!
Fa'aori is of Reo Tahiti, the Tahitian language, meaning "to cause to dance." Through dance, Huraiti Mana has been able to grow a community of diverse, hardworking, insightful, and passionate Huraiti, "skilled dancers," coming from all over Washington, from across the Pacific, and from all levels of experience with Polynesian culture, dance, and practices. Our First Annual Fa'aori serves to demonstrate the culture we have created together that embodies the deeply-rooted Polynesian values of aloha (love), 'ohana (family), and ha'aheo (pride).
Join us as we feature 'ono grinds (delicious food!) from Koloa Kreations Catering; vendors including Kiana's Hawaiian jewelry, Franada Family Bake Sale, Wing Luke Museum, and more; a fresh palm-leaf weaving workshop; dessert by Cakes of Paradise; and a performance featuring all of our Huraiti in originally choreographed hula and ori Tahiti numbers. Come out to support your 'ohana, from our youngest huraiti to our newest dancers!
Every ticket purchased is entered into a door raffle for a grand prize!
Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 12:30PM - 4:00PM at the Nisei Vets Hall in Seattle's Chinatown-International District.
E haere mai!
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Sunday, May 5, 2019, Huraiti Mana joined countless other performance groups and vendors for a day-long celebration at the Seattle Center Armory as a part of the Seattle Center's Festal programs. A big mahalo to Vivian and the entire voluntary crew behind the scenes of the annual API Heritage Month Celebration! This year, like every year, we at Huraiti Mana sincerely and truly enjoyed ourselves. We absolutely love the opportunity to celebrate our hard work and accomplishments and perform with and for our 'ohana.
This year we performed Ori Tahiti numbers featuring our basics class, our intermediate class, and our largest tamari'i (children) performance, ever! E ho'omaika'i to all the first-time performers from our youngest tamari'i to our newest huraiti.
When onstage, I'm alight with a fire and energy and life. We strive to have that same feeling of empowerment live in each of our huraiti and in each member of the audience sharing in our performance. Through song and dance, through reciprocal cultural practice, and through open hearts and minds, we are able to share our mana, our spiritual power, and move through this life, together.
Taffy and the amazing staff and volunteers at UTOPIA Seattle has kindly invited Huraiti Mana back to join them in their annual Lū'au celebration! United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance, also known as UTOPIA is a queer and trans people of color-led, grassroots organization born out of the struggles, challenges, strength, and resilience of the Queer and Trans Pacific Islander (QTPI – “Q-T-pie”) community in South King County. Support this non-profit organization and join in the celebration complete with a full lū'au feast, Pasifika entertainment, traditional music, and so much great company. Mahalo & mauruuru!
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 6PM Registration
Place: Welcome Palace 21031 International Blvd. Seatac, WA 98198
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Huraiti Mana will be joining for another consecutive year, the Annual Northwest Folklife Festival with an Ori Tahiti Ahuroa dance workshop on Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 3:00PM - 4:20PM. Please join Kalei'okalani Onzuka Matsui as she shares with you basic steps of Ori Tahiti, original choreography of an ahuroa or mehura, and a look toward reo Tahiti, Tahitian language.
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Time: 3PM - 4:20PM
Place: Seattle Center Armory Theater 4 (upstairs)
Event: 48th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival
A full itinerary of the weekend's events will be up on May 1, 2019!
A big mahalo and ho'omaika'i to API Chaya! Mahalo for inviting Huraiti Mana to celebrate with you at your very special, warm, and welcoming gala and congratulations on such a successful fundraising event! API Chaya, with its amazing donors and family, was able to raise over $340,000 to support survivors at their annual Gala on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at The Westin Seattle.
The theme of this year's Gala: "We Believe Survivors." API Chaya serves and provides resources for survivors of violence and exploitation - they center survivors' "dignity, autonomy, and leadership" in all the work they do. API Chaya served 785 survivors and their dependents (families) and trained over 12,000 service providers, community, and faith leaders in 2018 alone.
Huraiti Mana is blessed to be a part of an amazingly supportive, loving, and caring community. We hoped to bring to their event a cause for celebration, and excitement for life, body positivity and ownership, and a joy that transcends across all cultures, with the joy of dance. Mahalo nui loa for inviting us into your home, your mission, and your community. E Mālama Pono!
Join us for this historical event as Lacey enjoys its first annual Polynesian Festival! Lacey PolyFest is a non-profit event comprised of dedicated individuals, families, and local organizations who are volunteering their time and skills to celebrate the region's cultural diversity. Huraiti Mana will be joining in on the fun with an Ori Tahiti performance at 12:20PM! We hope to see you there!
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 10AM - 6PM; Huraiti Mana performs at 12:20PM
Place: Regional Athletic Complex 8345 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia, WA 98513
10:30-10:50 Laumua Students - RJ Maae/Irene Tavai
11:00-11:30 Hula Halau ‘O Keala’akua Naniloa Mana’oakamai - Charmaine Galiza
11:40-12:00 FACES Dance Company - Kristine Keliiki
12:10-12:40 Guma ‘Imahe - Joel Larimer
12:50-1:10 Huraiti Mana - Kalei’okalani Matsui
1:20-1:50 Poerava - Monique Maiava
2:00-2:30 NW Blend - Alika Kaeka
2:40-3:10 Ke Liko A’e O Lei Lehua e Kupuaokalani - Kapua Quenga
3:20-3:50 Lemana Polynesian Revue & Laumua Boys - Anne Mavaega & RJ Maae
4:00-4:30 JBLM Band - Sgt. Walker
4:40-5:00 Mama Lusi - Lusiana Mapu-Lara
5:10-5:45 Te Fare O Tamatoa - Malia Radford
5:55-6:15 Amataga Fou - Irene Tavai
6:20-6:50 Lemana Band - Anne Mavaega
7:00-7:30 Ms B Royal - Jessica Logologo
Huraiti Mana made a splash at our very first trip to Ori Fest in Las Vegas, NV! Huraiti spent the night before the prestigious competition at the host Pupu Ori's studio, Tevakanui, for 4 hours of ori workshops with judges Tylon Buendia and Adelina Hanere. Their spirit, wisdom, and love for ori Tahiti was palpable, and it was an evening spent among so many talented and passionate dancers. Tylon reminded us that we dance in competitions to not only compete but to meet others and to share in this love we have for Ori Tahiti! We continue to learn and grow, together. Adelina showed us the power we have as strong women in ori Tahiti - a theme that found its way into the forces of the competition itself!
After a hard fought Ori Tahiti first and final round, I was fortunate to bring home first place in ages 23-27 category, celebrating a first-ever win for our Huraiti Mana! Taking first in another age category was none other than my own Ra'atira from (previously) Ma'ohi Nui of O'ahu and now currently Ra'atira of Ali'itasi of Utah, Agnes Manuma! For the first time in over a decade since moving from O'ahu and last seeing each other, I was honored to dance onstage alongside Agnes! But for the first time ever, we were competing together for the Overall Grand Prize! Along with renowned dancer Melanie Amen, the three of us tied for Overall. We were asked to dance again - and this time, with a surprise theme!
The theme: Toa Hine.
It was a battle of strength, knowledge, and passion. After such a powerful performance, my ra'atira Agnes took home the grand champion overall prize! I'm so proud to have learned from her and owe so much to her for my love and strength in ori Tahiti. Mauruuru e Agnes! Can't wait to see you again at the next competition. She truly is the embodiment of toa hine. A woman warrior.
I'm so proud of our huraiti Katie & Eci for competing in such a challenging and exciting competition. They inspire me and motivate me to continue working and to represent Huraiti Mana to the very best of my ability. Their fire and strength empowered me throughout the night. All my love & aloha to their dedication, perseverance, and strength. Together, we all are toa hine!
Join us for our third year at the API Heritage Month Celebration! We love coming back to this festive celebration year after year to share with our family and friends all we've been doing these past few sleepy winter months! Make an entire day out of it and enjoy all of the spectacular performances, food, and workshops.
Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month Celebration is presented by the Asian Pacific Directors Coalition (APDC) in partnership with Seattle Center Festál — a year-long series of community events that celebrate the cultural richness of communities in Seattle.
API Heritage Month Celebration marks the beginning of the officially proclaimed and recognized Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) of May in the Greater Seattle area. It aims to preserve and promote the culture, heritage, and contributions of Asian Pacific Islanders (API) and Asian Pacific Americans (APA).
We are so very excited and honored to see once again the many donors of the incredible organization API Chaya. Join API Chaya for a night to celebrate the many survivors in our community - celebrate our strength, our unity, and our loving bonds. Huraiti Mana will open the night with a powerful celebration of dance!
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Place: The Seattle Westin, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
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