Monthly Archives: July 2018

Te Maeva Nui 2018- Cook Islands

The Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna officially opened Te Maeva Nui 2018 late last week calling it a time to “reignite national pride by celebrating our oneness and our achievements”.  Te Maeva Nui is the biggest annual cultural festival that … Continue reading

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How Fire Came to Tonga

I’ve probably mentioned this before but I just love Pacific legends that tells the story on how things started on an particular island. For example, I’ve posted on how the first coconut arrived on an island. This legend, however, tells … Continue reading

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Samoan Wins 2018 Icon Award

A couple of months ago the Samoaobserver reported that Maualaivao Albert Wendt had been honored with one of New Zealand’s most prestigious arts award for his significant contribution to the arts and to the lives of New Zealanders. Wendt received his award … Continue reading

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Bula Festival 2018

The Digicel Bula Festival in Nadi, Fiji, kicked off earlier this week with a lot of pomp and celebration with organizers anticipating a large crowd to turn up during the week long carnival. The event which began with a fun … Continue reading

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Kiribati’s Historical Artifacts Showcased for Independence

I would just like to follow-up with the last post regarding Kiribati’s Independence Day which occurred last week on July 12. Pacific journalist, Sara Vui-Talitu, wrote an article for Radio New Zealand (RNZ) about the showcasing of Kiribati’s historical artifacts to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Kiribati!

I haven’t talked about the island country of Kiribati (pronounced Kiri-bass) very often in this blog. So, I thought I’d share some interesting facts about the country on its 39th birthday. Kiribati is an island group in Micronesia that straddles the equator. … Continue reading

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UNESCO to Acknowledge Samoan Mats

A couple of months ago Samoa received good news that its traditional fine mats could join UNESCO’s heritage list. Mats are known as the giver of life, it is exchanged as a highly valued form of cultural respect, it’s also … Continue reading

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