The organisers stressed the priority of health and safety for Hawaiʻi residents and for all festival participants, and said they will continue to monitor developments surrounding the virus.
Anthony Turua, the secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Development, said the health and safety of the Cook Islands delegation travelling overseas is a priority for them.
The department had received an overwhelming 100 applicants from dancers, musicians, artist, designers and carvers to attend the popular culture festival.
Ministry of Health also advised Culture that if a delegation is sent and any one member is affected with the Covid-19 virus infection, there is a high risk that the entire delegation may not be able to return to the Cook Islands.
“That would be catastrophic to the entire nation,” said Turua.
“The festival is an important event to maintain, preserve, share and promote our culture within our Pacific region.”
Coordinators in Hawai’i recognised the importance of health and safety of the 30 countries delegation that were scheduled to attend.
The Cook Islands hosted the festival back in 1992, while New Zealand will host the next one in 2024.