Immerse Yourself in the Magic of the Pacific Islands at Pacific Island Night in Las Vegas

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Immerse Yourself in the Magic of the Pacific Islands at Pacific Island Night in Las Vegas
By: Esmeralda Padilla-Gould

Las Vegas was recently captivated by the enchanting cultures of the Pacific Islands during the highly anticipated Pacific Island Night event held on May 21st, 2023. The immersive cultural celebration took place at +63FIFTY, located at 3700 S. Maryland Pkwy., 525 H, Las Vegas, Nevada, offering attendees an unforgettable evening of music, dance, food, and authentic Pacific Island experiences.

Tevakanui’s mesmerizing live performances showcased the grace, energy, and storytelling prowess of Polynesian dance. Dancers adorned in vibrant costumes brought the stage to life, moving in perfect harmony with the rhythmic beats of traditional music. The breathtaking displays of skill and passion transported attendees to the heart of the Pacific Islands, evoking a sense of wonder and appreciation for these unique cultures.

The success of Pacific Island Night can be attributed to the passion and expertise of its founders and directors, Henry and Yvette George. As cultural ambassadors and accomplished dancers, Henry and Yvette have dedicated their lives to preserving and sharing the beauty of Pacific Island dance and music. With their extensive training and deep understanding of Polynesian traditions, they have played a vital role in curating authentic performances and workshops that make Pacific Island Night a truly immersive experience.

Pacific Island Night was graced by the presence of special guest Serenity Tolentino, a talented artist known for her soulful and captivating performances. Additionally, the event featured the original composition titled Smile Forevermore by yours truly, Esmeralda Padilla-Gould, who loves to mesmerize her audience with a heartfelt songs. The performances added an extra layer of magic and creativity to the already incredible lineup.

Pacific Island Night was emceed by the talented Palepa Petaia, known as MC Lepa Leps from Tevakanui Polynesian Dance School, and the assistant musical director for the group. With a decade of experience as a professional MC, Palepa has been an integral part of the Tevakanui team since 2013, hosting and emceeing various events in Las Vegas, Arizona (Aloha Festival 2023), and California (Mayjah Vibes 2023 in Adelanto, CA).  Palepa’s dedication is to ensure each event she is a part of is fun, entertaining, and successful. Her charismatic presence and passion for engaging the audience make her a sought-after MC. If you are in need of an MC for your event, Palepa, aka MC Lepa Leps, would be thrilled to be considered. Feel free to connect with her on Instagram @MC_Lepa_Leps or visit her Facebook page at MC Palepa “Lepa-Leps” Petaia or call (702) 409-4094.

The memorable event was made possible through collaboration with Carl Magno, Founder and CEO of FilAmTV Network and sponsorship from Anna Ladao of Humana and Cynthia Landeros of Transpacific Multiservices, alongside media partners Nadia Arroyo of Philippine Times and Johann Sayson of PHLV Radio. Special thank you to Vic Esquivel of Power Portraits for capturing the event through his exceptional photography. Together, they brought the magic of the Pacific Islands to Las Vegas, creating an unforgettable experience for all.

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We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and acknowledgment to the dedicated individuals who contribute their talent, expertise, and passion to the success of Tevakanui Polynesian Dance School. Their unwavering commitment and hard work have played a pivotal role in fostering the beauty and richness of Polynesian culture within our community.

  • George, Henry    – Owner, Music Director, Instructor: Competition Team
  • George, Yvette -Owner, Instructor: Vahine Toa, Tahitian Basics
  • George, Naenoa -Lead Drummer, Performer, Assistant Instructor: Tane
  • Palepa Petaia   – Host, Assistant Music  Director,  Drummer
  • Collins, Zion – Instructor: Tamaroa (boys), Performer
  • Hartmann, Kaylyn         – Instructor: Tamari’i (Preteens), Performer
  • Lam Ho, Jovina – Costume Designer, Parent Leader Assistant Instructor: Hula
  • Mendiola, Martin        – Instructor: Tane/Kane (Men)
  • Perez, Hokulani – Instructor: Vahine, Performer
  • Perez, Makana – Assistant Instructor: Hula, Drummer
  • Pojas, Steff – Head Instructor: Hula
  • Valdez, Zsalei   – Instructor: Tamahine (Jr Girls), Performer
  • Viloria, Ethyna  – Instructor: Keiki (kids), Performer
  • Young, Gregory – Administrator, Media (Photographer), Web Designer

For more information and updates on Tevakanui Polynesian Dance School and their upcoming events, follow them on Instagram at @Tevakanui. Stay connected with the vibrant Pacific Island culture and immerse yourself in the world of Polynesian dance. Visit

Contact Henry George:
To inquire about classes, performances, or any other inquiries, you can reach out to Henry George at (702) 927.8543. Henry George is passionate about sharing the beauty and traditions of Polynesian dance with the community and would be happy to assist you.

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Catch us on our future events as we continue to bring the magic of the Pacific Islands to Las Vegas and beyond! Stay tuned for updates on upcoming cultural celebrations, performances, and immersive experiences that showcase the vibrant traditions and warm hospitality of the Pacific Islander communities. We look forward to sharing more unforgettable moments with you in the future. Follow our social media channels and website for the latest news and announcements. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to embark on a cultural journey and be a part of the captivating world of the Pacific Islands. See you at our next event!