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Kiki Raina Tahiti fete set for Merced

The 33rd annual Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete (Tahitian Dance Competition and Cultural Festival) is set for March 23-25 at the Merced County Fairgrounds.

Times are March 23 from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., March 24 from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. and on March 25 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Friday’s presentation is of the Solo Dance Competition eliminations and Saturday’s is the finalist performances, ranging in ages of 4 thru adult, beginners thru professional, in both men’s and women’s categories.

Friday’s event also includes the Maeva Merced Polynesian Pageant, where lovely ladies and handsome gentlemen compete for the prestigious title of Miss and Mr. Maeva Merced.

During the pageant, the Ahuroa (more formal Aparima dance style) Competition will be judged.

The Solo Dancer Finals will be held on Saturday as well as the Tamari’i (children) Exhibition and Group Drumming Competition, featuring the most accomplished Tahitian Drumming groups in our area.

On Sunday morning, first place winners of the Professional Soloists will compete for the Overall Vahine and Tane Best Dancer Awards.

Also, couples in costume will take the floor with their colorful regalia and exciting duets.

The afternoon will wind up with the Tamari’i, Amateur and Professional Groups demonstrating their proficiency in the marvelous ‘Ote’a drum dances and the lively Aparima of Tahiti Nui.

Island-style food will be available throughout the event, as will authentic flower and Polynesian craft booths.

For ticket information, visit www.kikiraina.com.

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