The event, which was held at the St Joseph School grounds, marked the official commemoration of Fiji Day in the Cook Islands.
Outgoing Cook Islands Fijian Association president Lai Gukisuva said Fiji Day was not only a time for celebration, but an occasion of remembrance reflecting on the spirit of the history of the country.
He said their forefathers have sacrificed and persevered so that they could have a better Fiji today.
“As a nation, we celebrate our unique existence together with our religion and cultural diversity, resembling a sense of unity and tolerance for one another. This is the cornerstone for a multicultural society,” Gukisuva said in his speech.
“It is a day for unity progressing together as one, most importantly celebrating a shared history as a nation.”
Gukisuva also said Fiji Day should remind every Fijians to be good ambassadors of their country.
“If you are serving at your workplace, socialising in public places or playing in the field, remember that you are sons and daughters of Fiji,” he said.
“Your identity as a Fijian or Itaukei should speak for itself. It should not be watered down because of the outside influences that we are facing daily.”
The celebration started with a traditional kava ceremony followed by serving of food.