• How to play the Ukulele - Kuki Airani Style

    How to play the Ukulele - Kuki Airani Style

    Jarome Pare teaches us the basics of playing the ukulele Kuki style!. The 3 basic chords as well as strumming technique and by the end of this video you'll have learned to play a Cook Islands song - 'Tiare Rarotonga' Grab your ukes and play along!

  • How to Drum Kuki Airani Style

    How to Drum Kuki Airani Style

    Cook Islands drummer Jarome Pare teaches the kids in his bubble, plus us at home how to play each drum or Cook Islands pate correctly with some simple beats. It's a great family activity you can do all together while you're still in lockdown.

  • How to make Tivaevae Cushions

    How to make Tivaevae Cushions

    Cook Islander Ani O'neill shows us how to sew 'tivaevae' cushions. Tivaevae is a form of artistic quilting traditionally done by Cook Islands & Tahitian women and introduced by the wives of missionaries. Although it has a European origin, the patterns and techniques have evolved into styles which are now quite unique to the Cooks and have become family heirlooms.

  • Your Introduction to Cook Island Language

    Your Introduction to Cook Island Language

    Even though this 'language week' business shouldn't be stuck to just a week thing (cause language is an everyday thing) - the importance is the awareness of the language. Here's some of the basics to get you started ... Kia orāna = Hello Kia orāna korua = Hello to two Kia orāna kotou = Hello to three or more Pē'ea koe = How are you? Pē'ea korua = How are you two? Meitaki au = I am fine Meitaki maua = We (two) are fine Meitaki ma'ata = Thank you Aere rā = Goodbye Alphabet  Numbers, Shapes & Colours Week Days, Family names & Months of the year  Common phrases 

  • How to Make Mitiore - Kuki Airani Styles

    How to Make Mitiore - Kuki Airani Styles

    Coconut, prawn heads and a whole lot of love. Check out this Kuki Mamas 'How To' so you can follow along at home and make this seafood salad with fermented coconut, all on your own. .  Mitiore   Ingredients 2 coconuts freshly grated 5 prawn heads, pounded 1 bunch spring onions Optional An assortment of fresh shellfish including paua, mussels etc. (can be substituted with other meat types)

  • Dance 'Around the World' Cook Islands 101

    Dance 'Around the World' Cook Islands 101

    Papa Jack brings you the best steps for next time you're asked to get up and dance by a Kuki. We've all been to a Cook Islands function where the performers run out to the audience and pick you up for a dance - and without running away, give it a go with these 3 easy steps!

  • How to Tie a Pareu

    How to Tie a Pareu

    POLY DOLLY; a modern Polynesian woman sharing the sights, sounds, scents, tastes and experiences of her Pacific homeland to the online world and beyond.  A staple part of an Island woman’s wardrobe is the Pareu; aka lavalava; aka sarong. Want to know how to tie a pareu for different occasions? Mareko Creations Designer CHERRELLE CHAN has a few tips to add to the Coconet mix!

  • How to Make an Ei (flower garland)

    How to Make an Ei (flower garland)

    A signature scent of the Cook Islands is the beautiful fresh flower garlands you receive on arrival... Cook Islands artist Ani O’Neill shares a few tips in making these gifts of welcome, known in the Cook Islands as ‘EI'.

  • Get a Cook Island Tātatau

    Get a Cook Island Tātatau

    POLYDOLLY; a modern Polynesian woman sharing the sights, sounds, scents, tastes and experiences of her Pacific homeland to the online world and beyond. Every Polydolly should know the story she wants to tell. Some of us choose to share them on our skin. Coconet Polydolly creator Lanita Ririnui-Ryan shares her experience in getting her very first tātatau (tattoo) in Rarotonga.

  • How to traditional Stone Fish

    How to traditional Stone Fish

    The Pacific is one of the best places to go fishing! Cook Island local Corey Fisher Shows us the age-old tradition of Drop Stone Fishing. What is Drop Stone Fishing? How does it work? What are the best stones to use when doing so? and most importantly - How to EAT your fresh catch!

  • Know your Black Pearls

    Know your Black Pearls

    Everybody needs to know the treasures from the Pacific! Rarotonga is famous for their stunning black pearls and two ladies who know these gems well are local marine biologist Georgia Langdon and jeweler Annie Fisher. Here’s an insight to these amazing jewels of the pacific and how to choose the right one for you!

  • Cook Islands Dance Tutorial

    Cook Islands Dance Tutorial

    Every Island woman knows how to keep to the Pacific Beat! Want to know the basics of dancing like a Cook Island princess? Champion Dancer Te Uirangi Bishop gives up some quick tips on how to move your hips with Cook Island flare.