The group arrived on Tuesday and will be here for a week. Their visit was organised through Uplift Tours, who got in contact with tour organiser Lynne White.
“They wanted to do an ukarere tour so they came to me, because I run a group in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
“It’s a large group with 400 members and they just asked if we could get this going and I said, “yeah, let’s do it,” White said.
“It really is a great group of people, and everyone who’s here came on board with it. We all love playing the ukelele.
“The only problem is, since we’ve just got together, we can’t even agree on a band name. I came up with the ‘Coco-nutters’, and I really like that one.”
Although they are visiting a holiday destination, the group’s packed itinerary will keep them busy. On Friday night they will visit Highland Paradise, where they will be taught an island song. They’ll also be playing at the Punanga Nui market, as well as attending a church service in Titikaveka, and they also plan to check out Muri Lagoon.
Thankfully, they will get at least some down time as some of the group plan to go for a kayaking adventure on Saturday afternoon. Group member Denis Pitkin summed up how he felt about being on Rarotonga.
“I woke up yesterday thinking that it can’t get any better than this. And it did.
“I expect that will keep happening for the rest of the trip.”