Heiva Invitation Letter

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Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa
August 17-18, 2012
Elk Grove Event Center
8434 Bradshaw Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624
Ia Orana, Aloha, Talofa!

On behalf of Makamae Cultural Arts and Mana Ora Productions, we would like to cordially invite you to the Heiva Ma'ohi
O' Patitifa (People of the Pacific Festival) - in Elk Grove, CA. This will be our 1st annual People of the Pacific Festival of
Sacramento County featuring cultural arts and crafts, food, dance, and music of the Pacific Islands. This is a non-profit
event to honor and instill a cultural awareness for the People of the Pacific through education and cultural arts. We
would be honored if your pupu ori/halau/dance studio, would celebrate this event with us.

Our 1st annual festival, will honor the Tahitian dance culture, Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa will consist of an Ori Tahiti (Solo
division), `Ote'a, Ahuroa, Aparima, and Drumming competition. Participants from all over the world will showcase their
talent and culture. In addition, we have included the Heiva Ma'ohi Grand Champion division. All pupu ori/halau/dance
studios are invited to choose one professional Vahine and Tane to represent their organization. The top dancers chosen
will compete to be the Heiva Ma'ohi California Grand Champion. In addition to their award, winners will showcase their
award winning solo at the 2012 Aloha Festival in Sacramento, CA 2012. Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa promotes the
preservation of the Pacific Islander culture. This festival will provide youth development scholarship programs that offer
many opportunities for achievement and recognition to deserving children, teens and young adults. A scholarship has
been created for the Mr. /Ms. Heiva Ma'ohi Scholarship Pageant to honor Maeva Goo of Tahiti Toa. Maeva has blessed
this festival with the name Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa. She has provided countless hours of non-profit work to preserve the
Tahitian culture and has inspired our organization to donate a portion of the proceeds to a Pacific Islander foundation
and award educational scholarships for Pacific Islanders in need of aid in higher education.

Talofa! To perpetuate the Samoan tradition and culture, Fia Fiaga Mai Le Pasifika (People of the Pacific Festival) will
present the Siva Afi (fire knife dance) competition to honor the late Paramount Chief Letuli Olo Misilagi, inventor of
Samoan fire knife dancing. Known as the Father of the Knife Dance, Uluao "Freddie" Letuli originated the fire
knife dance in 1946 at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. To preserve Letuli's Legacy, the family sponsor's two fire
knife dance competitions held in American Samoa in spring, and the Fire Knife of Samoa Competition held in Anaheim,
CA. The Letuli family will honor us with their presence at our festival for our Siva Afi - fire knife dance competition. In
addition to their award, winners of this division will have the opportunity to compete at the Weekend in Polynesia Event
to be held on August 31 - September 2, 2012 in Anaheim, CA.

We look forward to celebrating the culture of the Pacific Islander community with you! For more information please
contact us at [email protected]

Mauru'uru Roa
Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa 2012
Rhea Makamae Riego Nunez
5050 Laguna Blvd
President, Makamae Melia O' Polynesia
Suite 112-487
Mana Ora Productions
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa 2012