Love a little ‘Cook Islands’ pearl Posted 05.09.2017

Q&A with Alexis Napa Wolfgramm, Executive Officer Marketing for the Cook Islands Pearl Authority.

What is the reasoning behind the Cook Islands Pearl Authority running...

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Ori, koni, ura, kapa? Cook Islands Dance, what is it? Posted 05.09.2017

There are several names in Cook Islands Maori for 'dance', the most popular of the expressive arts. Ura, the word commonly used today, is thought...

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Pacific Weave - a unique cultural shopping experience Posted 19.03.2017

Russian-born Rarotonga entrepreneur Tatiana Burn opened a new store in 2016 showcasing the art of weaving from around the Pacific, aptly named Pacific Weave.

“We...

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Please don’t feed the dogs of Rarotonga Posted 08.04.2015

Walk on any beach in Rarotonga and dogs will greet you, sit by you, and offer to play with you. If you choose not to...

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Cook Islands Black Pearls, the best-value souvenir Posted 20.04.2016

The Cook Islands has a proud heritage in pearling going back to the 1890s when the lagoons of Manihiki and Tongareva (Penrhyn) were harvested for...

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​The Cook Islands dancer who inspired an artist Posted 16.08.2015

Dancer and choreographer, Jackie Tuara, has a deep passion for Cook Islands dance. She has danced for as long as she can remember, including with...

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​Five things you need to know about buying Black Pearls in The Cook Islands Posted 19.06.2015

Why are black pearls so called? Because they grow in the black lipped oyster (pinctada margaritifera). When the oyster shell is ground and polished you...

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Garlands of love: the art of ’ei in the Cook Islands Posted 18.06.2015

Visitors to the Cook Islands will no doubt be greeted upon arrival with one of these lovely floral creations, called 'ei, which are typical to...

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Cook Islands history told through dance and music Posted 20.03.2015

The traditional inhabitants of today’s Cook Islands are related to their Polynesians cousins from the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia) who immigrated fourteen hundred years ago...

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​Learn about the art of Tivaivai Posted 01.03.2015

Tivaivai is a form of artistic quilting traditionally done by Polynesian women. The word literally means 'patches'. Every Saturday morning, the Punanga Nui Market near...

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