Following in the wake of Te Maeva Nui celebrations, Vaka Puaikura’s dance team showcased their talents with the support of Vaka Takitumu, Oire Nikao, Mauke Enua and Atiu Enua.
A leader of Vaka Puaikura, Okirua Teokoitu, said the teams complemented each other by displaying their brilliant, pulsating kapa rima, ura pau, and ute, as well as their beautiful costumes.
Young children of the Vaka Puaikura development team, from three to 10 years old, were also given stage time to show off their dancing talents. The youngsters had been introduced to cultural dancing and singing after going to practices with their parents, Teokoitu said.
The night wasn’t just about dancing as top guest artist and national junior singer, Jeromiah Kaimarama, spiced up the stage with his amazing voice.
In another high class performance, Miss International Cook Islands, Silas Tuaputa, graced the stage with an elegant dance rendition of her reo (chant/karakia), he said.
“Powerful songs from star artist Epharaima Taokia, Monga Maeva and Andrew George also entertained the full capacity hall, giving the cultural teams opportunity to change into their matching item costumes.
“A lively master of ceremony, Johnny de Bleu, kept the excited crowd fully informed of the essence of the items throughout the evening.”
Teokoitu said the Vaka Puaikura concert is an annual event arranged and managed by the Vaka Puaikura Te Mae Vanui team, in partnership with the Aroa nui hall committee, and T & M Heather Ltd.
“The concert provides a great opportunity for the people of Puaikura to see the cultural items showcased by their team at the Te Maeva Nui each year within their own friendly community village environment, and in a more relaxed atmosphere than a judged show.
“It is a concert encouraged by a spirit of togetherness, giving back to the Puaikura community for the tremendous support from all corners of the village: From corporate sponsors, to donations from families, helpers, and individuals who in many ways ensured the success of the vaka team each year at Te Maeva Nui.”
Teokoitu said proceeds from Saturday’s event would go towards maintaining the Aroa Nui community hall fund and the associated costs of running events like the Puaikura concert.
It was a great night out for local families and tourists alike. Some visitors were heard to say it was the best event they attended on their visit to the island.
Outside, stalls selling tasty food complemented the evening’s entertainment to ensure a great night out for all.