HEIVA TU’ARO MA’OHI : SPLENDOUR OF ANCESTRAL SPORTS
Traditional sports’ competitions hold a prominent place in the Polynesian world. Organized by the Amuitahiraa Tu’aro Ma’ohi Federation since 2003, they now include more than 28 associations and nearly 800 members spread over the five archipelagos of French Polynesia. Dexterity, strength, endurance, skill, many are the qualities required for these remarkable disciplines, which attract the widespread admiration of the large public following them. Coconut climbing, rock climbing, javelin throwing, coconut shelling, copra, fruit carrier races, and the Va’a Taie regattas embody the most authentic and spectacular Polynesian traditions.