Now in its fourth year, Rakei Manava certainly did not disappoint, with a showcase of outstanding original costumes by the Cook Islands’ most creative minds and groups.
The contest featured three categories - Female Natural Dance Costume, Male Natural and Open. CITC sponsored $21,000 worth of cash prizes.
“This year’s costumes were exceptional” said CITC director Dianna Clarke. “The talent and creativity by our designers are inspiring.”
Seasoned judges of costumes and cultural competitions Papatua Papatua, Jackie Tuara and Minar Henderson judged the contest and also prejudged all costumes, assessing the visual impact, creativity and quality. The winners were:
Female Natural Costume: Kenzo and Pamu 1, Kaulani Matamaru and Cathy Healy 2, Pare Tuaati 3.
Male Natural Costume: Tree of Life Sisters 1, Kenzo and Pamu 2, Larry Tumai 3.
Open Costume: Manavanui 1, Aloma Moore 2, Kaulani Matamaru and Cathy Healy 3.