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Rakei Manava turns on inspiring show

Monday July 30, 2018 Written by Published in Culture
The fi rst major evening event of the Te Maeva Nui festival, the Rakei Manava dance costume show, drew an enthusiastic crowd to the National Auditorium on Saturday night. Placed fi rst in the male natural costume was this entry titled, “Tree of Knowledge Sisters.” The fi rst major evening event of the Te Maeva Nui festival, the Rakei Manava dance costume show, drew an enthusiastic crowd to the National Auditorium on Saturday night. Placed fi rst in the male natural costume was this entry titled, “Tree of Knowledge Sisters.”

The National Auditorium was full of excitement and anticipation as the Rakei Manava event got underway on Saturday.

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.

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