Rakei Manava features the best of Cook Islands costume designers pitted against each other as they vie for top honours, with the cultural celebrations of Te Maeva Nui starting at the end of this week.
“This is our fourth year sponsoring Rakei Manava,” says CITC director Dianna Clarke. “Each year we have seen a lift in standards and we are excited once again to support our Cook Islands culture through staging this event.”
Rakei Manava features three dance costume categories: Female Natural, Male Natural and Open. In each category the following prizes are up for grabs: First Place - $4000, Second Place - $2000, Third Place - $1000.
Designers showcasing original costumes this year include Kathy Healey, Pare Tuaati, Kendrick Rima, Tanya Savage and Aloma Moore. There will be more than 36 costumes presented for the first time.
Live entertainment will be provided by top local band Tani & Rose, plus the talented Mere Darling.
Rakei Manava will also serve as a platform for the first presentation of the contestants for Miss Cook Islands 2018.
Ticket sales are available at all divisions of CITC. General admission will be $10, with children $5 and reserve tickets available for $20. For VIP tickets at $65 per person, please contact Mere Short at CITC Avarua or by phone on 54409.
The doors to the National Auditorium will open for the Rakei Manava dance costume competition at 6pm, with the show starting 7pm. There will also be food vendors onsite for those looking for a bite to eat.