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Raqs Tiki presents the "Kokua Scholarship"

Scholarship Due Date (NO late entries) by midnight on July 30,  2024

What is Kokua? (Pronounced Kō kū ah)

Kokua is a Hawaiian word that has a very simple meaning—to help. You may see signs asking for your kokua to help keep the beach clean. 

However, like other Hawaiian words, kokua also has a much deeper layer of meaning which revolves around a desire to help others without any expectation of receiving anything in return. It also reflects the Hawaiian spirit of community, the idea that we can and should rely on each other to help build a strong community. You may find islanders offering you kokua. Accept it with a meaningful "Mahalo" (thank you), and pay it forward. 

SCHOLARSHIP FOR RAQS TIKI 2025 will be awarded on August 30th, 2024.

This scholarship is Raqs Tiki's way to pay forward all the goodness that has come our way throughout the years. We hope to share the joy of dance, education, and aloha to a dancer who needs a little help to keep dancing and learning. 

To all applicants; Please know that we wish we could award everyone a scholarship. It's always a difficult thing to have to choose just one. Our love and gratitude to everyone who applies.

The second-place winner will be notified they won second place. The 1st Place Scholarship Winner has until September 30th to let us know if they will be able to attend Raqs Tiki 2025. If the winner is unable to join us, the second place winner will be awarded the scholarship.

All applicants will be notified whether they were awarded the scholarship by August 30th, 2024. 

What Does the Scholarship Include (and what it does not include):

The Raqs Tiki Kokua Scholarship includes the price of the entire workshop package (The Total Tiki @ $500.00) 

Please note all other expenses are NOT included in the Scholarship (travel expenses, food, accommodations, the Luau, the Glittering Gala, or photo shoot). The recipient accepts all responsibility for all other expenses.

There is no financial compensation if the recipient can not, for whatever reason, attend Raqs Tiki 2025


Recipient also agrees not to hold Raqs Tiki, it's owners, agents, volunteers, or assistants responsible for any injuries, cancelations of events, or damage to self or property. We will do everything we can to ensure we hold our event, however circumstances, as we all know these days, can certainly change due to unprecedented times. Weather events, COVID, illness, these can all impact our best laid plans. 

Judges choice is final. If the top recipient is not able to utilize the scholarship for Raqs Tiki 2025, they must advice Raqs Tiki administration by September 30, 2024.

The award will be offered to the next recipient by top score. 

Responsibilities and agreements of Scholarship Winner:

1) Let us know whether you'll be able to join us by September 30, 2024 via email to

2) Agree and allow us to post your image and name as the Scholarship winner.

3) Act as an ambassador for our event, becoming part of our Raqs Tiki Ohana (family) as a friendly face.

4) As with any event, we need volunteers! Whether it's checking people into workshops, helping set up or tear down for the Glittering Gala, we ask that you volunteer in a job that suits you. 

5) Read the "What Does the Scholarship Include" (see heading above, and agree with the terms).

How to apply: 

Please tell us, in approximately 500 to 800 words what dancing has brought to your life, how it has changed it, and and why receiving this scholarship award to study with us would help you on your dance journey.


Email to with the subject line:  Scholarship 2025 Entry and YOUR NAME

Scholarship Due Date (NO late entries) by midnight on July 30, 2024

Please note! Send only to (this is the only email where scholarship applications will be accepted. Please make sure you are sending it to this email, and not to Talia's personal email). 

Testimonial by Theresa S. our 2022 scholarship winner

In 2022 I was fortunate enough to be selected for a scholarship to study Belly Dance at Raqs Tiki in Kuaui. I now know why people love Hawaii I was lucky to study with some of the best belly dance instructors in the world. (Oh and I won a prize for being the farthest traveler! :)) Talia Soleil, words can’t begin to explain how thankful I am for the opportunity. I’m forever grateful to you for the experience and thanks for giving me the gift of being at your home and experiencing the culture of Kokua- helping others without any expectation of receiving anything in return. I LOVE belly dance workshops, and so whenever I go, I try to remember to bring back at least one piece of knowledge or advice from my instructors. My notebook was full of priceless tidbits from these experienced, patient, and knowledgeable instructors. From spatial awareness and the power of the mind to sizzling zills, I learned so much that I was able to immediately incorporate into my dance. It taught me to step outside of the box and push past my biases and preconceived notions. I highly recommend the Raqs Tiki Kauai Belly Dance Intensive as a dance experience and as a laid-back paradise, so sign up this year!

Testimonial by Theresa G our 2023 scholarship winner

What a fun learning experience! Raqs Tiki was an intense learning weekend for me and introduced me into a very knowledgeable, warm and inclusive group of passionate people. Talia pours herself into making the weekend fun and unforgettable. The gala was a beautiful showcase but low pressure as well for those with little stage experience. I will remember this experience for years!

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