Puahi's Polynesian Dance Company has been teaching both Hula and Tahitian dance and culture in the Temecula Valley since 1995. It has been our privilege and honor to be able to represent two beautiful dance cultures of Hawai'i and Tahiti.
Our 'Ohana (family) has continued to grow and thrive through the years because of the blessings, love, and dedication we attain from our dancers, drummers, parents, and families. Puahi's gives our thanks to God above for the many blessings we have been given over the years.
Puahi has been dancing since she was ten years old and continues to perfect her skills in both Tahitian and Hula dance. Puahi pursues her education in both of these cultures due to her established connections with Hawai'i and Tahiti. Puahi is currently working on her Uniki under the direction of Kumu Hula Rich Pedrina of Hālau Hula ‘O Nāpunaheleonāpua, www.richpedrina.com. Puahi also has connected our Halau with our sister Halau in the island of Huahine.
Puahi's desire is to have her dancers know not just the dance, but to truly understand the culture and people from these lands. Puahi's connects her dancers by traveling to the island of Hawai'i and Tahiti for cultural immersion, study, and appreciation.
What We've Achieved
- October 10, 2015: Puahi's dancers and dancers and drummers from the island of Huahine, Bora Bora, and Tahiti worked together to put on a spectacular show for the Taste of Tahiti at Wilson Creek Winery.
- December 2014: Puahi's was able to take eighteen of our 'Ohana to the island of Huahine where we learned dance and culture. We have a new family in Huahine
- Several of Puahi's dancer's have placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Tahitian Competitions in Southern California
- Puahi's had the privilege and honor to compete with Halau Napunaheleonapua in the King Kamehameha Hula Competition for two years.
- Puahi's won 1st place in 2007 for their Tahitian 'Otea in Las Vegas, NV.