Coronavirus, though, is no respecter or age or good faith.
Last night the Governor of Hawaii dashed their plans, announcing the tournament’s postponement, perhaps indefinitely.
“We make this announcement so teams yet to embark for Hawaii can decide whether they are inclined to still make the journey,” Festival manager Nikki Cameron said.
“We will meet team leaders who are here tomorrow morning and discuss ways to deliver a great week in Hawaii with an altered schedule and apologise for any inconvenience due to the late announcement.”
After months of planning, practising and fundraising tens of thousands of dollars, the Rarotonga ladies held a meeting last weekend to make a decision on whether to cancel their trip due to the outbreak of the global pandemic.
But Mii Hosking said the consensus among all of the mamas was that they would go ahead and participate in the tournament.
Five teams from Rarotonga, Takuvaine Golden Girls, Vaine Auro, Avatiu Golden Girls, Titikaveka Virgin Blue and the Kirlz Ma would have competed against teams from four different countries including New Zealand and Australia.