2nd Home Art Exhibition – To'u fare au – Hilton Hotel Tahiti

Le Wednesday 29 May à 09h00
Hilton Hôtel Tahiti Tahiti 98714 Faa'a
Event organized by the Traditional Crafts Department.
Following the success of the 2022 edition, the public will once again have the opportunity to discover entirely local creations, dedicated to interior and exterior design and decoration.

Indeed, as part of its mission to energize and enhance the sector, the Traditional Crafts Department – Te Pū ‘ohipa rima’ī has set itself the goal of offering original themed shows every year, inviting artisans to develop their creativity.

This event thus tackles an innovative theme, allowing us to propose less familiar projects to both craftsmen and the public, accustomed to annual shows.

This new edition will bring together a host of talents and exhibitors presenting the public with a variety of handcrafted creations, skilfully combining modernity and tradition.


The show has been named Tō’u fare au, in reference to the poet Henri Hiro. This tribute, initiated by the Vice-presidency, is led by Te Fare Tauhiti Nui – Maison de la Culture in collaboration with many of the country’s cultural establishments and services, who have joined forces to celebrate the 80th birthday of this key figure in Polynesian culture. The Vice-presidency initiated this tribute, which was orchestrated by Te Fare Tauhiti Nui – Maison de la Culture, in collaboration with many of the country’s cultural establishments and services, to celebrate the 80th birthday of this key figure in Polynesian culture.

It was through his poem Tō’u fare au, celebrating the traditional fare, that the 2nd edition of the Salon des arts de la maison found its theme. An artistic philosophy highlighting the preservation and protection of the essence of Polynesian identity.

The show’s visuals also echo a moving series of photos immortalizing the traditional Polynesian home.


Traditional craftspeople were recruited between March 4 and April 2, 2024 via an online form. Following this call for applications, 40 files were received and 33 artisans selected. These were divided into 4 categories:

Table and home decoration: 14 artisans;
Linen and tīfaifai: 9 artisans;
Sculpture/engraving: 8 artisans;
Basketry: 2 artisans.
The public will thus be able to discover a varied and rich exhibition-sale through original and unique creations: decorative objects and home accessories in ceramics, shells, coconuts, bones, pae’ore, sculptures, engravings, tīfaifai, linens, tableware, wooden furniture, baskets, pē’ue, ‘ūmete, or even small furniture, all specialties and materials will be highlighted at this show, to make it an elegant and memorable rendezvous, a union of tradition and modernity.


Located at the entrance to the show, this immersive space features a bedroom, a living room and a dining room. These rooms will be decorated with exhibitors’ creations, allowing visitors to project themselves into a real home. The aim is to showcase handcrafted creations in the environment dedicated to them, immersing visitors in a cosy atmosphere.

To furnish the space, the department has entered into a partnership with Poly Meubles, which will provide a range of solid wood furniture (bed bases, chests of drawers, bedside tables).

Visitors to the space will also be able to discover the film Tō’u fare au, presented in reo mā’ohi and French by Henri Hiro himself. The film will be shown on a TV set.

This immersive space will also feature a contest for the most beautiful table, inviting visitors to vote for their favorite decoration.


The 33 artisans were asked to choose from three 3 themes and imagine the decoration of a 6-top table to be displayed in the Tō’u fare au space. They could choose between the following themes:

Haere mai café (traditional table) ;
Te moana (ocean-themed table);
‘Āreareara’a (festive table).
To decide between the different groups, the decoration of each table will be put to the vote of the public, who will be able to choose their favorite table on digital tablets available from the show’s hostesses. Voting will be open from Wednesday, May 29 at 9 a.m. to Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m.

The winning team will appear in the July issue of Maison du fenua magazine, in an article promoting each brand and the competition.

Offered and led by exhibiting craftspeople, the public can take part in workshops such as making a sewn tīfaifai pillowcase, sea urchin pencil engraving, creating a dream-catcher decorated with shells, creating a sand painting, etc.

To take part in the workshops, interested parties must register via an online form managed by the Service. Prices range from 3,000 XPF to 5,000 XPF, depending on the raw materials used and the time devoted to each creation. Each workshop can accommodate between 5 and 10 people.


From May 29 to June 1, 2024
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Exhibition on sale every day
Online workshop registration
Visitor game on site
Covered access – Car park on 3rd floor of Carrefour Fa’a’ā


  • Arts and crafts

All dates and times

Horaires d'ouverture du 29 May au 01 June 2024
MercrediOuvert de 09h à 18h
JeudiOuvert de 09h à 18h
VendrediOuvert de 09h à 18h
SamediOuvert de 09h à 18h


Free of charge : Oui

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Hilton Hôtel Tahiti
98714 Faa’a
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