Hawaiian voyaging canoes Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia departed Rarotonga yesterday afternoon after saying farewell to their brothers and sisters on Tahiti vaka Faafaite earlier in the day.
After a few days’ rest on Rarotonga, worldwide voyagers on Hawaii vaka Hokulea and Hikianalia will depart the island this morning to continue their mission to protect mother earth.
Monday marked 49 years since the Cook Islands became self-governing, and 2015 is set to be a year-long celebration of what makes the Cook Islands so special – her people and culture.
While the beautiful cultural costumes show the dedication of teams in celebrating the Cook Islands culture – it’s the smiles and joy on the faces of performers that really show their passion and love for their heritage.
Sharing the creation of kiriau (wild hibiscus) costume making combined with synchronised hip and hand movements by Enuamanu ura pau performers was one of the highlights of Wednesday night’s Te Maeva Nui cultural show.