|mission statement :
Drums of Polynesia provides an oulet
of outstanding South Pacific Island Talent to the international
market, while heightening cultural awareness through our products
and services. We also maintain our authenticity and ensure company
growth by offerring continued training and educational opportunities
to our employees.
Drums of Polynesia is an International Production Company
specializing in all things Polynesian Performing Arts and Education.
We cater to all budgets from large corporate functions to small
Founded over 22 Years ago in Papawai, New Zealand, Drums of Polynesia
has enjoyed success in 3 Countries (New Zealand, Australia, U.S.A)
and is now based in Florida. It was born of a vision to provide
talented Pacific Islanders, with employment opportunities in the
Polynesian Entertainment / Performing Arts Industry. We seek individuals
adamant in their desire to preserve our culture through Education,
Workshops and Performances. Your initial internship will include
on-the-job Training from our own experienced Polynesian Instructors
"Rapua te ara tika mou ake"
(Seek the Path that is right for you)
In its presentation of Polynesian Cultures, Drums of Polynesia
highlights the uniqueness of the Polynesian people. Our aim is
to share our love and passion for our cultural heritage, with
people the world over.
meet our directors:
RJ "Ropata Hemi" Rewi
Native of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Ngati Kahungunu iwi (tribe).
President & CEO Producer / Director
Born and raised in Masterton, New Zealand, this native Maori
began his professional debut at the age of 15 performing with
the Drums of Polynesia in Sydney, Australia.
He is an award-winning performer of the haka (Maori chant).
He has toured with several other Polynesian groups to Japan, Hawaii
and New York; and with the Mai Kai Islander Revue.
He established the South Florida troupe of Drums of Polynesia.
He has traveled extensively throughout Japan, other parts of Asia
and the U.S.A. He served as Dancer/Guide/Lead Educator in Australia
with the Victoria Arts Council, Northern Territory Arts Council
and New South Wales Arts Council for five year with a touring
Educational Program about Polynesian culture. He is a graduate
of Te Aute College in the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.