About Us

Kaorihiva was founded in 2007 and specializes in the various dances of Polynesia. It was a space created for people to come together and celebrate Polynesian culture and the beauty found within it. Polynesian dance unlocks the feeling of celebration and unity; a variety of feelings that island cultures encompass. The group's name, Kaorihiva, is a combination of the word 'dance' in various Polynesian languages and hopes to showcase the true versatility and unity that the group maintains.

The group has grown from a mere three people to 25 people. We stress the importance of a family community and welcome all people to express the Polynesian culture through dance. We have been featured in many events across campus, including New Student Orientation: Faces of Community, Stanford Hawai'i Club's annual Lu'au, Stanford American Indian Organization's Annual Powwow, Admit Weekend, Rhythms, departmental parties, and various student groups' spring shows (such as IDX and Mariachi). We hope to be involved with many more events and performances, both in and out of the Stanford community.



Dink February 2014


We had the chance to perform at Rhythms, a Sanskriti annual multicultural benefit showcase.

Reunion Homecoming

Alumni Tailgate October 2013


Before Stanford's victory over UCLA, we had the opportunity to dance for the Stanford Alumni. We spread our love of Polynesian culture and even made their day!

Party On the Edge

Cantor Arts October 2013


At the annual Cantor celebration, we debuted our newest members and had a great time getting back into the swing of things.

Get In Touch.

We are always looking for outlets to perform and spread Polynesian culture. For any performance inquiries, questions, or comments, please contact us!