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.
Captivating costumes and elegant dancing graced the Te Maeva Nui stage this week, with performances set to intensify through to the final night of shows on Friday.
Prime Minister Henry Puna had the honour of lighting this year’s Te Maeva Nui flame as well as declaring the weeklong celebrations of self-governance open at yesterday’s float parade.