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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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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

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

Seattle’s Evening Magazine in Paradise

Earlier this month, KING 5’s Evening Magazine headed for warmer weather and visited the islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. Hosts Meeghan Black and Saint Bryan took viewers along for the ride as they experienced a range of adventures—everything from swimming with sharks and stingrays in Bora Bora to eating from the local food trucks in Papeete, Tahiti. Check out the videos below!  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’s Tere Fa’ati Tour

This Saturday, January 26th, Tahiti will host its annual New Year’s celebration known as Le Tere Fa’ati. It includes a festive tour aboard the traditional open-air “le truck” with multiple stops around the island. Each bus is decorated with colorful flowers and carries a local band to provide musical entertainment during the ride. This is an unforgettable way to see the island of Tahiti, so don’t miss the bus! Read more

Tahitian Tiare Day

On Friday, December 7th, Tahiti will celebrate its annual “La Journée du Tiare Tahiti.” This day, known as Tahitian Tiare Day, is a special tribute to the country’s own emblematic Tahitian gardenia. It includes a contest in which the locals compete to see who can best showcase the national flower, and it typically causes the streets and public spaces to be covered in festive floral decor—making downtown Papeete a very fragrant place to be on this particular day! Read more