A Tahitian Wedding

Posted by: Aamir

Sep 30th, 2006 • Category: Eye CandyTags: , , ,

[…] [EDIT]: This is not a real wedding as some of you might think. This was a show at the Polynesian Cultural Center that depicts a Tahitian Wedding. More information on this show here… Horizons: Where the Sea Meets the Sky[…]

The sound of drums could be heard from a distance. The lights gradually dimmed out and the tempo and volume of the drums picks up to a deafening blast. In a few moment, the music and everything stopped, it was pitch dark and dead quiet. The only sounds that could be heard were the whispers… “Tahiti”.

The villagers, led by torch bearers, join in a wedding procession as Hinakura and Tane Nui are about to be united by the village chief in marriage.

As the marriage celebration begins, villagers rejoice in expressing the hopes of youth and love through a traditional dance.

Young maidens join Hinakura, dancing with poise and elegance, followed by the young men and Tane Nui dancing with lively exuberance.

After a while, a pair splits up from the group and performs a solo dance. Not sure what is the significance, but i would guess they would be the next couple to get married.

I have never seen anyone shake their booty the way these wahine did. If you don’t believe what i have to say, you can see for yourself by clicking on the video link below.

Hinakura and Tane Nui are a married couple now. They perfrom a solo dance at the end of the ceremony. Through their elegant dance and vigorous moves, Hinakura shares her radiant beauty while Tane Nui shows his strength and agility.

Watch video below to see thier solo dance.

Click here to see the above video from a different angle

A final dance demonstrates the energy, color and excitement of traditional Tahitian dances at times of celebration.

Pictures and words don’t do any justice to the experience we had at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in Oahu, Hawaii. I took these pictures at the “Horizons” show, which is the crown attraction at the PCC. If you plan to visit Hawaii, include the PCC in your itinerary and try to spend the whole day there. You will never forget that experience.

The videos are not mine, I found them on YouTube. I would like to give credit to whoever shot those videos. Thank you, those videos complete the essence of my post and bring life to it.


Posted by: Aamir

Sep 30th, 2006 • Category: Eye CandyTags: , , ,
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  1. Rauf
    October 3rd, 2006 at 05:46:


    please change the title to Tahitian dance Aamir. Where is the atmosphere ? Looks like the whole thing is staged for the tourists.

  2. Aamir
    October 3rd, 2006 at 06:05:


    Rauf, this is not a real wedding and this indeed is a show for the tourists at the PCC. You can find more information about the Horizons shows at the Polynesian Cultural Center here. I should edit my post and mention that. This was a show at the PCC where the tahitian wedding was enacted. It looked so real. As for what i read, their weddings are not as lavish and there are not a lot of people attending it. Everyone who attends the wedding dances for the bride and the groom.

  3. Corinne
    October 3rd, 2006 at 06:49:


    These are stunning and I love the bold colours! I’m amazed you got such great shots with good definition as I remember the lighting was rather low.

  4. Reflex
    October 3rd, 2006 at 10:00:


    That must be an extraordinary experience, what colors, how exotic! WB

  5. samuru999
    October 3rd, 2006 at 13:20:


    oh, it was not a real wedding!
    I guess I should have known that!
    Still, very nice Ari!

  6. priya
    October 3rd, 2006 at 13:44:


    Something new, colorful and looks great.

  7. Ash
    October 3rd, 2006 at 15:59:



  8. samuru999
    October 3rd, 2006 at 18:17:


    I deleted my first post
    because I felt kind of silly
    about how I went on about the wedding!
    Still a wonderful post Ari!
    I liked it very much!
    So colorful!
    Take care…and have a great day!


  9. starry nights
    October 3rd, 2006 at 22:18:


    Ari..thanks for sharing those videos and pics. I had not seen a polynesian dance.

  10. kathy
    October 4th, 2006 at 00:22:


    Wow! they really know how to dance and celebrate! So Beautiful!

  11. Aamir
    October 3rd, 2006 at 18:38:


    Margie, thats ok. After i saw yours and Rauf’s comment, i realized that not a lot of people know about PCC. My bad, i have made amends to this post.

  12. kathy
    October 4th, 2006 at 03:01:


    + Oh! ok! 🙂


  13. Keshi
    October 4th, 2006 at 06:33:


    Im glad its not a real wedding. Cos even tho it’s really nice, I dun think weddings should be taken place on stage and like a show. It’s a very personal moment in 2 ppl’s life and it should be done with close family n friends and on a beautiful and simple note.

    btw Im bakk Ari! So get back to commenting in my blog lol!


  14. vibhor
    October 4th, 2006 at 07:13:


    hi dear,
    thats fantastic…i have only seen this kinda dance in movies….but thats great …really amazing..

  15. Lord Boo
    October 4th, 2006 at 13:08:


    nice post bro, very informative ! Always wanted to be an anthropologist 😀 I wonder if those are their actual wedding outfits, though *hugs*

  16. Suji
    October 4th, 2006 at 14:06:


    Looks very vibrant and colorful. Its always nice to know about another culture. Thanx Ari.

  17. Kimberley
    October 4th, 2006 at 14:44:


    Your so lucky to travel to all of these interesting places and even more to get the opp. to shoot such great photos! I love seing and reading your photos and words! I learn something which is always a plus! Great color. I am half Indian so I attend “pow wows” like twice a year this reminds me of them. GREAT as always!

  18. Gangadhar
    October 4th, 2006 at 16:03:


    Well dat was a great show,Ari..Spectacular!!
    Enjoyed the you tube videos verymuch….
    And gud to see you back!

  19. Reflex
    October 4th, 2006 at 17:30:


    Thanks for passing by 🙂 I’n not really an expert, but I really enjoy photography 😉

  20. bellur (rk)
    October 5th, 2006 at 12:00:


    interesting to read about different cultures. thanks for the videos!
    by the way, you have been tagged. for details, please visit my blog.

  21. Saira
    October 5th, 2006 at 13:23:


    Hey ..Thanx for vistin my blog…and ya like all saggi’s you and ur pics just rock…bye take care and keep visiting..:)

  22. samuru999
    October 6th, 2006 at 05:39:


    I got your message!
    Thank you!
    I will not change it!


  23. Gangadhar
    October 6th, 2006 at 06:34:


    i feel like i received double compliments here..thank you..
    Good to see u.

    take care

  24. Anonymous
    October 7th, 2006 at 00:07:


    oh my god .. the way she moves her hips .. damn ! great talent !

  25. Patty
    October 8th, 2006 at 21:33:


    they sure can dance! 🙂 great videos to watch after reading through the post and seeing your photos(terrific quality in minimal lighting). energetic colors and atmosphere!


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