A Taste of the Islands in the Middle of the Desert

Mesa Leadership celebrated the holidays with a little hula on November 30, as they gathered for the annual Holiday Party.

This year’s event was held at the Mesa Arts Center in the Brown Sculpture Courtyard, and the food as well as the entertainment was provided by Royal Islanders, which is a Mesa business that has been in the area for about 30 years. The group served up dinner, then served up authentic Polynesian dancing, featuring performers from Tongo, Hawaii and Tahiti.

Tia Tuinei and wife Melekai own Royal Islanders and their daughter and granddaughter are  featured dancers in the troupe as well. As shown in the image in the lower right quarter above, they also believe in teaching and engaging their audience to learn native dances.

Tia strums and sings  authentic tunes from the islands while dancers move to the beat.