Virtues in Paradise

Linda Kavelin-Popov is co-founder of The Virtues Project and best-selling author of ‘The family virtues guide’, ‘A pace of grace’, ‘Graceful endings’ and other books on virtues. In this regular column, she explores virtues in the Cook Islands context. You can find out more about her work at or


On our journey overseas, we have travelled by ferry to Cormorant Island on Alert Bay in the Pacific. It is located in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada.

Enviro Squad show that they care

Saturday August 15, 2015

“Do you love it enough?” is a slogan of the Enviro Squad of Araura College on Aitutaki.

Hope sheds light in dark places

Saturday June 06, 2015

On a recent cloudy Sunday, when I was driving with a friend to church, we suddenly saw a huge perfect rainbow, one end in the lagoon, the other arching to the other side of the island. 

Everybody needs a dream. 

Have you ever given yourself a birthday present? 

When the Minister of Education for Yap, a small island country in the western Pacific, invited us to give a Virtues Project workshop for the community, I asked him to include a group of students. 

My visit to a very special person

Saturday March 07, 2015

The best present we can offer anyone is the gift of our presence – our loving, focused, rapt attention.

Create unity in the community

Saturday February 07, 2015

When I recently asked a friend who looked sad and down-hearted, “Pe’ea koe?” (How are you? in Cook Islands Maori), he gave me the automatic ‘fine, thank you’ or ‘Meitaki’. 

Raising a child requires many skills and virtues. 

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