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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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Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival 2018 Has Begun!

The Solomon Islands have welcomed 1500 participants to this year’s Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival in Honiara.  The event runs from July 1- 10 in Honiara and will coincide with the country’s 40th Independence Anniversary celebrations.” The festival, held every four … Continue reading

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Why the Hawaiian Islands Are in a Row

Our next legend answers the question why the Hawaiian Islands are in a row. Think it was because of volcanic activity? Think again. Here’s the traditional story on how the Hawaiians Islands were formed in a row. Naturally, it has … Continue reading

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The Rally to Reawaken the Language of Rotuma

Last month an interesting article written by Radio New Zealand (RNZ) Pacific Journalist, Sara Vui-Talitu, was published on the RNZ Website. The article was about the efforts to revitalize the culture and language of Rotuma. I find articles such as this … Continue reading

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Tonga’s Heilala Festival 2018

The Heilala Festival in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, for 2018 will run from June 25 to July 6. This is an annual event celebrating the King’s birthday through various shows and events. One of the highlights being the Miss Heilala beauty pageant, where by contestants from … Continue reading

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