And the first medals of Vaka Eiva go to…

Monday November 25, 2019 Written by Published in Paddling
Matson Pacific general manager Greg Chu presents medal to some of the younger paddlers competing in the first 12km race of Vaka Eiva 2019. D50_5660 Matson Pacific general manager Greg Chu presents medal to some of the younger paddlers competing in the first 12km race of Vaka Eiva 2019. D50_5660

Many paddlers reckoned the musicians, dancers and caterers deserved their own medal at Vaka Eiva 2019’s opening night festivities. Story and photo by Harvie Allison.

The canoe shed by Trader Jack’s has been transformed by a team of dedicated volunteers into a great venue, to host the presentations for the Vaka Eiva 2019 racing.

The Avarua Teachers String Band got the atmosphere going on Saturday night, with some sensational music that put smiles on the faces of all attending. They delighted the crowd with traditional music which got every foot in the house tapping.

Major sponsors were invited to give paddlers their medals at the conclusion of which kai kai was served. A selection of delicious dishes were supplied by the chefs at Café Ariki and many paddlers, hungry after a day on the ocean, commented on how much they enjoyed their meal.

Feeling replete and enjoying some beverages the paddlers were then introduced to real Cook Islands dance culture with a performance by professional dance troupe Akirata.

With the drums beating, as always Akirata thrilled and enthralled the audience.

Many visiting paddlers had never been introduced to real Cook Islands culture on this level and so many commented with huge smiles on their faces, that they were having the best night imaginable for any canoe festival anywhere on this planet!

 

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