​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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Akirata Dance Troupe performs for the love of Cook Islands culture Posted 01.03.2015

"Akirata is Cook Islands Maori for early light".

Backstage, the youthful male and female performers adjust their colourful costumes made from local coconut...

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