Chantal Napa is focussed on giving visitors a “one stop shop” experience. 22092904
A Cook Islands podcaster has branched out in an effort to connect the nation to dozens of countries.
Tourism operator Chantal Napa has spent more than two
years building an international audience after travel bans forced her to look
at other options.
Napa, with the help of her United States business
partner Haydn Adams, set about taking the Cook Islands to the world through the
Kia Orana Podcast.
Now she has expanded the operation through sheer
persistence after failing in her first attempt to attract funding.
Napa made a successful application through the Cook
Islands Chamber of Commerce and has invested the money back into the business,
subsequently giving her website users a more “one-stop shop” experience.
That includes a QR code which takes users directly to
services, including website, directions and direct call options.
“I knew I needed my website upgraded, when the borders
were reopening and I was meeting tourists again, the travel was different and
their needs were different.
“They want information and they want it all in one
place; they don’t want to have to go to different places.
“This is what they are used to overseas.”
Napa is looking for local buy in from accommodators,
retailers, and food outlets.
“It’s a matter of determination.”
Since launching her podcast, Napa has interviewed
close to 100 people including artists, entertainers and Prime Minister Mark
Brown, among others.
The podcast was launched in May of 2020 by Napa and
her business partner Haydn Adams. It was initiated by Haydn who wrote a book
about the Cook Islands – How I Fell In Love With an Island.
Napa discovered the book while on holiday in Aitutaki
and reached out to him. A friendship was formed and not long after that the Kia
Orana Podcast was created, with Napa offering a local perspective on various
parts about island life and Haydn offering the visitor’s lens on the many
beautiful islands of the Cooks.
The podcast is devoted to advocating what visitors
will and will not find in the Cook Islands and delving into all the aspects of
Since starting they have covered a number of genres
including current affairs, education, youth, agriculture, government
departments, non-government organisations, society and culture, business, the
creative arts, literature, artists, musicians, performers, sports, as well as
the pa metua community.
The podcast is currently available on platforms
including Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Overcast, Amazon Music,
Stitcher, Castro, Castbox, Pocket Casts, Podfriend and RSS Feed.