Tuhe Piho hopes his book ‘Magical Cook Islands Sunrise’, teach people about the beauty of nature and gratitude. Photo: CHARLOTTE PIHO. 20110640
Being away from his grandchildren when the borders closed earlier this year, Tuhe Piho decided to redirect his energy and put his stories to print. His first book, ‘Magical Cook Islands Sunrise’, written in both Cook Islands Maori and English is the result.
People of the Pacific are renowned for their magical storytelling abilities, a tradition that has been passed down through many generations.
Piho is no exception. A beacon of hope and happiness, he has wowed people from
around the world with his amazing tales while out in Ava’avaroa Passage
swimming with turtles alongside his daughter, well-known photographer
the island of Rakahanga, at the age of five, his father took him and his
brother to Dunedin, New Zealand.
have been the first Cook Islanders to settle in Dunedin,” he says.
grateful to have been educated at Kings High School and then to have gone on to
complete a degree at Otago University.”
completing training at Dunedin Teachers’ College, Piho worked as a secondary
school teacher for 30 years.
learned that he had a gift when it came to storytelling and loved incorporating
storytelling into his teaching lessons.
this home island paradise beckoning, Piho returned to Rarotonga in 2008,
initially balancing teaching, running a stall at the Punanga Nui Market and
supporting his daughter Charlotte's Wellbeing Retreats.
enjoyed continuing to share stories of our island, and it was heart-warming
observing the energy and understanding it gave to others,” he says.
closing of the borders this year, Piho decided to redirect some of his time and
energy to put his stories to print.
distanced from my grandchildren I wanted to be able to share stories with them
from afar,” he says.
first book. ‘Magical Cook Islands Sunrise’, illustrated by Gonzalo Aldana, Piho
says will make “you and your grandchild very happy”.
says at the end of the day, we are all children, so this book caters for all
to Rarotonga, often complain about the noisy roosters, but finding out what it
means when you don’t hear them will change this, he says.
the book, he wants to help people see the positive in not only roosters, but
how nature feeds our souls with spectacular sunrises, will give more purpose to
children when experiencing a sunrise,” Piho says.
book reminds us to always be grateful for nature and most importantly people
that care for us.”
importantly Piho wrote ‘Magical Cook Islands Sunrise’ for his two-year-old
grandson Carter who is based in New Zealand.
wanted him to be able to experience a bit of the magic the Cook Islands offers.
While also teaching him the importance of being grateful,” he says.
book has also been written in Cook Island Maori, so that my New Zealand born
grandchildren can learn how to speak their grandfather’s and our ancestors’
Cook Islands Sunrise’ is $25 or $45 for both the Cook Islands Maori and English
be available at Punanga Nui Market from November 14 until Christmas, can be
picked up by texting or calling 70512 or online worldwide at charlottepiho.com.