The 34th annual Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete kicked off Friday at the Merced County Fairgrounds.
The festival showcasing the sights, sounds and culture of the South Pacific continues from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete is regarded as the oldest Tahitian festival outside the island of Tahiti. Highlights include dance competitions, island-style food and Polynesian arts and crafts. Tickets for adults are $17; it's $12 for children 5 to 12 years old.
At top and at far right, Gabriel Izaguirre, 19, of Stockton, left, and Jonah Resureccion, 17, of South San Francisco compete with other dancers during the solo dance competition.
Above right, female dancers also take part in the competition. Below right, Sayaka Wilson, 16, of San Bruno shows her graceful moves.
For more information, call (209) 726-1925 or go to www.kikiraina.com.
-- Sun-Star staff