Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the music of Tahiti was dominated by festivals called heiva. Dancing was a vital part of Tahitian life then, and dances were used to celebrate, pray and mark almost every occasion of life. Examples include the men's 'ote'a dance and the couple's 'upa'upa.
Professional dance troupes called 'arioi were common, and they moved around the various islands and communities dancing highly sensually and erotically. In the early 19th century, however, colonial laws severely restricted these and other dances, which were considered immoral. Herman Melville celebrated one such dance (he called it the 'lori-lori') for its sensuality. They were replaced instead ...
Lively, exotic, rhythmic, pulsating music of the Pacific islands. Dancing girls in hula skirts, restless natives on the hunt in war colors and face paint, village celebrations. Tahitian festival music, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Music, Tahitian Music
Sounds like the theme tune from Spongebob Square pants. Aloha? Oe (Farewell to Thee) is a song that was written by Queen Liliuokalani (1838-1917), the last reigning queen of Hawai? i. Aloha Oe, Liliuokalani's most famous song, was inspired by a horseback trip she took in 1877 to the windward side, Instrumental, Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Music, Tahitian Music