Dancers in Hawaii promote Cooks for tourists

Monday July 01, 2019 Written by Published in Culture
Cook Islands dance champion Edward Nga. 19062835 Cook Islands dance champion Edward Nga. 19062835

There’s not much time to rest, for Cook Islands dancers performing four shows a day to thousands of fans in Hawaii.


Twenty members of the National Arts Theatre are drumming and dancing up a storm to entice more visitors to our nation.

Team member David Akanoa said more than 2000 guests came through the cultural centre each day – more than 15,000 over six days.

The Polynesian Cultural Centre is a 17-hectare Pacific-themed park and living museum located in Laie, on the northern shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

“This is a great marketing for tourism to the Cook Islands,” he said. “Most people who attend our shows have never heard about the Cook Islands.”

Each show is 25 minutes, playing to an audiences 500 to 600 people.

The six-week cultural performance tour at the Polynesian Cultural Centre will also promote our culture and local arts and craft.

The intention is to eventually establish a permanent Cook Islands cultural village at the Centre, for students who attend Brigham Young University to perform and pay off their tuition fees.

The dancers are selected from the annual Te Mire Ura Dance Competition and local cultural groups and the tour is driven by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, the Business Trade Investment Board and Education. 

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