On the 11th June, we went to the first day of the Heiva Tu’aro Maoni = Polynesian power sports of the ancestors. Many Polynesian countries took part.
The event took place in the Paofai Gardens in Papeete, Tahiti. The course was set using cones along the footpath route.
The participants had to run two laps of the course carrying fruit tied on to a pole. There were several race categories.
The contraptions weighed 25 kg or 15 kg. Each fruit pole was weighed on scales.
The fruit was adjusted until the correct weight was achieved for each race category.
The Vahine (ladies) event attracted about ten participants each carrying a 15 kg fruit pole.
There were many more Tanes (men) participating in three events.
Sometimes the fruit fell off.
Later, there was a stage performance by some of the other Polynesian countries.
Fire juggling , which included a child juggler!
This was just one day of the annual ancestors sports events. More events followed at different locations.