This year we collaborated with 2 different groups & competed across the board in almost every category. For Makamae Melia O Polynesia of Elk Grove, we were entrusted to create an original tumu parau (theme) for their Hura Ava Tau group entry. For our friends in Vallejo, To'erau Manu Rahi, we were asked to write their original music piece & tumu parau (theme) for their drumming entry.
Congratulations to the entire group but especially to Rhea Riego, director of Makamae Melia O Polynesia on sweeping the Hura Ava Tau categories and taking home the Overall Hura Ava Tau group award for so many first places with their tumu parau (theme) "O Vahine Matamae".
-Overall Hura Ava Tau Group Award
-1st Place Hura Ava Tau Music Award
-1st Place Hura Ava Tau 'Ahupurotu Award
-1st Place Hura Ava Tau Drumming Award
-1st Place Hura Ava Tau 'Ote'a Award
-2nd Place Tamari'i 'Ote'a Award
-3rd Place Tamari'i 'Aparima Award
-3rd Place Hura Ava Tau 'Aparima Award
Congratulations to our To'erau Manu Rahi family on all of your awards... They set their hearts into each piece they created & took home 1st place in every single category they entered this year!
Our original song "Aita 'Oe E Moe" (You Are Never Forgotten) was written as a gift text in dedication for the Boquiren family's patriarch, Chito Amon Boquiren ---beloved father of both directors Crystal and Erik Boquiren.
Along with a trophy, the drummers & musicians were also given a RT ticket to Papeete, Tahiti to compete in the Heiva International 2018 for their win in the Hura Tau drumming category. Erik entrusted us to write his theme "Te Fa'aturara'a i Te Fa'atete" (Homage for the Fa'atete Drum), which we were told was a personal favorite of the members of the Tahiti Fete jury.
-1st Place Hura Tau Music Award
-1st Place Hura Tau Drumming Award