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Tahitian Music & Ukulele Festival

This Friday, June 21st is the annual Tahitian Music Festival. Held every year on this symbolic date, it is meant to celebrate the summer solstice. Many hotels and restaurants around the island will have special guests and live bands performing for the occasion. Kicking off a very musical weekend, the event is then followed by the 6th annual Hitia’a Ukulele Festival on Saturday, June 22nd on the eastern side of the island. In honor of these two events, read below for more information about the Tahitian ukulele.

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2013 Heiva Schedule

This year marks the 131st Heiva i Tahiti, an annual event that transforms the island into a spectacular celebration of Polynesian culture and dance. They just released the schedule and the performances are set to kick off on Thursday, July 4th at To’ata Square in downtown Papeete, and conclude on Saturday, July 20th. If you’re traveling to Tahiti during this time, we highly encourage you to attend! For more information about the event, check out our coverage from last year. Read more

Polynesian Patchwork: The Tahitian Tifaifai

Starting today, visitors to Tahiti can witness an impressive exhibition of colorful patchwork known as Tahitian tifaifai. The 15th annual Salon du Tifaifai is being held at City Hall in Papeete from now until May 5th. The event gathers over twenty Polynesian women from various islands in French Polynesia to display their artwork and demonstrate their knowledge, passion and creativity. It’s the perfect opportunity to purchase one of these beautiful Tahitian quilts directly from the source! Read more

Lessons in Tahitian Dance

Tahitian dance, known as Ori Tahiti, is a strong and vibrant tradition in Polynesian culture. This captivating art form has been used for generations to pass on the tales and legends of the islands. If you’ve ever tried to keep up with the tamure (the fast hip-shaking motion), you know just how difficult it is. If you’ve always wanted to learn, here’s your chance! Read more

No Reservations: French Polynesia

Tahiti is more than overwater bungalows and pretty beaches; and when it comes to uncovering the islands’ hidden treasures, Anthony Bourdain is just the right man for the job! In Season 3 of No Reservations, the celebrity chef and world traveler visits French Polynesia to try the local fare and discover the region’s lesser-known attributes. His adventures include riding horseback in the Marquesas, getting inked by a local tattoo artist, spearfishing for lunch in Rangiroa, and holding a shark with his own bare hands. Would you dare to do any of those things? Watch the clips below and you can decide! Read more

Tahiti Lights and Shadows

In a colorful world known for its tropical hues of emerald green and aquamarine blue, it’s sometimes nice to see Tahiti in simple black and white. It allows our senses to focus on the beauty of the elements in a very artistic way. The following video, “Lights and Shadows,” captures the allure of Tahiti and the drama behind traditional Polynesian dance. Our favorite part? The fire dancing looks incredible! Read more

Tahiti Guitar Festival

The 6th annual Tahiti Guitar Festival will take place from March 7-9th at Le Meridien Tahiti, gathering professional musicians and music lovers together for three amazing nights of performances. The theme for this year’s edition is “Celtic Encounter,” featuring music by international artists such as Jean Charles Guichen and Taÿfa. Music is a universal language that brings people together—and that’s exactly what this event is all about! Read more

Vintage Vahines

For centuries, the intrigue surrounding the South Seas was often attributed to one thing — the beauty of the Tahitian vahine. Captain James Cook and Joseph Banks wrote of their encounters with these exotic Polynesian women during their voyage in 1769; Fletcher Christian was so captivated by his attraction that he carried out the famous mutiny on the Bounty in 1789; and artists like Paul Gauguin later brought these creatures to life through their words, paintings and portraits. Read more

Tahiti Photo of the Day

The surfers out there will love today’s photo. This picture of Danny Fuller, taken by photographer Zak Noyle, continues to get the most attention on Pinterest so we thought we’d also share it on the blog. Don’t forget to follow our boards for daily eye candy and inspiration from the islands of Tahiti!

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GUESS Which Clothing Brand Went to Bora Bora!

Guess continues its tradition of creating sexy ads featuring exotic locations—and this time they chose Bora Bora! The island is featured as the beautiful backdrop to the brand’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The campaign was shot by photographer Yu Tsai and features images of models Gigi Hadid, Stephan Lambert, Natasha Barnard and Gonçalo Teixeira as they vacation on the breathtaking beaches of Bora Bora. Grab a copy of the latest issue of Guess Magazine to see the full collection and read exclusive interviews with the models about the destination. Here’s a look at some of the gorgeous photography! Read more