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Posts from the ‘Culture’ Category

The Ultimate South Seas Escape to Marlon Brando’s Private Island

The luxurious and highly anticipated Brando Resort will open July 1, 2014 on the famed actor’s private island, Tetiaroa. Once considered a playground for royalty, this tiny atoll served as a summer residence for the former chiefs and kings of Tahiti. It was passed through the hands of many private owners until the famed Hollywood actor negotiated ownership in 1966.

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2013 Liquid Festival in Bora Bora

Last year we introduced you to the Bora Bora Liquid Festival and posted ongoing coverage of the event. This year, in partnership with Wandermelon Media, we’re offering six exclusive travel packages to get you there! Each package includes full registration to the 13th annual Liquid Festival, scheduled to take place December 2-8, 2013.
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Free to Love: In Celebration of Marriage Equality

We are thrilled to be commemorating the US Supreme Court’s decision against the Defense of Marriage Act by offering all couples a free wedding ceremony in the Islands of Tahiti.
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2People1Life Wedding in Tahiti & Bora Bora

What if you could have your dream wedding at each of your bucket list destinations around the world? That’s exactly what Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant, the duo behind 2People1Life, have been doing since 2011. They quit their jobs, sold their house and vowed to get married in every country they visit. Their goal is to embrace the culture and local customs of each destination and discover what makes bringing two people together such a worldwide tradition.

Back in April, they flew to our islands and had their first inflight wedding aboard Air Tahiti Nui, followed by a traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony in both Tahiti and Bora Bora. Although the couple is still not legally married, they plan to return to their favorite place and officially tie the knot in 2014. Let’s hope Tahiti topped their list! Read more

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

An Easter Sunday in Tahiti

Happy Easter from Tahiti.com! If you happen to find yourself in Tahiti this holiday, you’re in for a real treat. Easter, like every Sunday morning, is considered a special time for the locals. They attend church dressed in all white—the women wearing lovely hats—and sing beautiful hymns (himenes) for all to hear. Read more

Don’t Miss “A Deeper Shade of Blue”

Jack McCoy’s “A Deeper Shade of Blue” will screen for one night only on Thursday, March 28th in 400 cinemas across the U.S. This fantastic documentary tells the history of surfing and features amazing underwater footage of Teahupo’o, Tahiti. It premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2011 and has since been praised as the “greatest surfing story ever told.” The film also features a great soundtrack with music from Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney and Jack Johnson. This special one-night event includes the premiere of Paul McCartney’s music video, “Blue Sway,” and a pre-recorded panel discussion with Jack McCoy and world‐renowned surfing legends. Click here to buy tickets! Read more