• TE MAEVA NUI - GOLD COAST 2019

    TE MAEVA NUI - GOLD COAST 2019

    For the first time in 7 years, the Cook Islands community in Queensland celebrated Cook Islands day on the Gold Coast.    Previously the celebration has been held in Logan Brisbane and is organised by the Cook Islands Council Queensland Inc.  This year for our Te Maeva Nui celebrations we had eight islands groups voluntarily perform. Next year it will be returning to Logan.

  • TE MAEVA NUI 2019 - INTERNATIONAL NIGHT

    TE MAEVA NUI 2019 - INTERNATIONAL NIGHT

    Te Maeva Nui International night features a visiting group from Hobsonville in Aotearoa, fire knife performers from Hawai'i as well as local community groups residing in the Cook Islands - Samoan, Kiribati, Niuean and the Phillipines.

  • HEIVA I TAHITI DANCE 2018

    HEIVA I TAHITI DANCE 2018

    Heiva I Tahiti Dance 2018 - where the best of the best Tahitian performers gather and showcase their astounding abilities.

  • Heiva I Tahiti Traditional Games 2018

    Heiva I Tahiti Traditional Games 2018

    Check out the traditional games competition in Tahiti as part of the Heiva Festival. This year they had delegations from Samoa, the Cook Islands and Hawaii who came to compete as well.

  • TATAU I MOOREA 2018

    TATAU I MOOREA 2018

    Tatau I Moorea 2018  Where some of the best tatau artists from all over the Pacific gather to share their craft with one another.

  • HAKA MANU - Marquesas Islands

    HAKA MANU - Marquesas Islands

    Dance of the Gods - Haka Manu (Bird Dance) a fierce dance performed in the Marquesas Islands. Like us on Facebook Subscribe to our YouTube

  • HEILALA FESTIVAL PARADE in TONGA

    HEILALA FESTIVAL PARADE in TONGA

    Our friends at 'Tutu on the Beach' captured some highlights from the Heilala Festival float parade or 'folouti' as it's known in the Kingdom. Check out this years Miss Heilala contestants who feature on the floats.  Keep an eye out on the Live Stream Tonga FB page for the Miss Heilala Prizegiving & Ball. {{9594}}

  • Merrie Monarch Festival 2018 - Hālau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka

    Merrie Monarch Festival 2018 - Hālau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka

    Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka of Maui, under the direction of kumu Napua Greig, took the overall winner title of the 55th Merrie Monarch Festival early Sunday morning at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka had the highest combined score of 1,200, earning it the Lokalia Montgomery Perpetual Trophy. Check out more of the stunning pics from the 'Auana competition in the photo gallery here A total of 29 hula troupes — nine kane (men) and 20 wahine (women) — competed in the group kahiko competition on Friday, followed by the group auana competition on Saturday. On Thursday night, Greig’s solo dancer, Shalia Kapuauʻionalani Kikuyo Kamakaokalani, also won the Miss Aloha Hula title among 12 contenders. Check out more of the pics of the gorgeous contestants in the Miss Aloha Hula competition here

  • SAMOA TEUILA FESTIVAL 2017

    SAMOA TEUILA FESTIVAL 2017

    Keepin it Fresh at the Teuila Festival in Samoa with Pani!  

  • Te Maeva Nui 2017 Festival Highlights

    Te Maeva Nui 2017 Festival Highlights

    Highlights from the 2017 Te Maeva Nui Festival in Rarotonga, Cook Islands 

  • A day at Teuila Festival

    A day at Teuila Festival

    The Teuila Festival is in full action from Palusami making to Coconut husking! A festival showcasing the Samoan culture!  Fa'afetai Lava Samoa Tourism Authority

  • TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Oire Nikao - Pe'e

    TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Oire Nikao - Pe'e

    Highlights from Te Maeva Nui 2017  Oire Nikao perform their Pe'e

  • TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Pukapuka Enua - Ura Pa'u

    TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Pukapuka Enua - Ura Pa'u

    Highlights from Te Maeva Nui 2017  Pukapuka Enua perform their Ura Pa'u (Drum Dance)

  • TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Mauke Enua - Pe'e

    TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Mauke Enua - Pe'e

    Highlights from Te Maeva Nui 2017  Mauke Enua perform their Pe'e 

  • TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Aitutaki - Ute

    TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Aitutaki - Ute

    Highlights from Te Maeva Nui 2017  Aitutaki perform their Ute 

  • TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Tupapa Maraerenga - Ura Pa'u

    TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Tupapa Maraerenga - Ura Pa'u

    Highlights from Te Maeva Nui 2017  Tupapa Maraerenga & their Ura Pa'u (Drum Dance)

  • TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Atiu Enua - Ute

    TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Atiu Enua - Ute

    Highlights from Te Maeva Nui 2017  Aitu Enua and their Ute 

  • TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Manihiki - Kapa Rima

    TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Manihiki - Kapa Rima

    Highlights from Te Maeva Nui 2017  Manihiki and their Kapa Rima 

  • TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Mangaia Enua - Kapa Rima

    TE MAEVA NUI 2017 - Mangaia Enua - Kapa Rima

    Highlights from Te Maeva Nui 2017  Mangaia Enua and their Kapa Rima 

  • Makefu Festival Niue

    Makefu Festival Niue

    The Makefu Village gather to celebrate their day with food, games, dancing and other festivities.

  • Iva Lamkum at the Samoana Jazz Festival

    Iva Lamkum at the Samoana Jazz Festival

    Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival is an annual weekend to weekend jazz & arts festival held between and across the Islands of American Samoa and Samoa. The beautiful Iva Lamkum takes us on her experience.

  • Oka (Raw Fish) Festival in Samoa

    Oka (Raw Fish) Festival in Samoa

    Some of Samoa's best local restaurants battle out to see who has the best Oka-making skills (Raw Fish)

  • Festival of Pacific Arts Guam 2016

    Festival of Pacific Arts Guam 2016

    The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) is to be held in Guam in 2016. The Festival of the Pacific Arts is held every four years since 1972, and brings together artists and cultural practitioners from around the Pacific region for two weeks of festivity. It is recognized as a major regional cultural event, and is the largest gathering in which Pacific peoples unite to enhance their respect and appreciation of one another. The idea of a Festival of Pacific Arts was conceived by the Conference of the South Pacific Commission (now the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, SPC) in an attempt to combat the erosion of traditional customary practices. Since 1972, delegations from 27 Pacific Island Nations and Territories have come together to share and exchange their cultures at each Pacific Arts Festival. A delegation of 2,500 performers, artists and cultural practitioners is expected, in addition to thousands of visitors from Asia and festival followers who see to it they are part of the festival every four years. The 27 Pacific Island Countries and Territories expected at the festival are: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Easter Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, Guam (2016 Host), Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna. Guam made its bid to host the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts and was awarded this distinction at the 10th Festival held in American Samoa, in 2008. It was during the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts held in the Solomon Islands, July 2012, where Guam officially received the festival flag. The 2016 festival is Guam’s opportunity to showcase its unique Chamorro culture that has survived colonization of the past and modernization of the present.

  • Traditional Sports at 2016 Heiva I Tahiti

    Traditional Sports at 2016 Heiva I Tahiti

    An annual festival that has become emblematic of Polynesian culture, "Heiva", comes from the Polynesian words meaning "to assemble" and "community places", and celebrates traditional Polynesian activities, including festivals, music, dancing, singing, and sporting events.  The sports competitions focus on the traditional activities of the Polynesians including stone lifting competitions, javelin throwing, and sail and outrigger canoe races. Stay tuned for the Heiva I Tahiti Dance Comp coming up soon on Fresh

  • Heiva I Tahiti Dance 2016

    Heiva I Tahiti Dance 2016

    Heiva - Tahitian Dance Festival. Where groups tell their own stories through their choreography! 

  • Heiva 2016 Highlights from Tahiti

    Heiva 2016 Highlights from Tahiti

    Listed as one of the worlds best festivals on the Fest300 site, Heiva i Tahiti is an iconic event and now in its 135th year. Heiva comes from the words 'Hei' - to assemble & 'va' - community places, so it relates to anything from sports to music, singing & dancing which have always been essential to Polynesian culture and celebrates these traditional activities in a festival setting ..... it doesn't hurt that the location is on a stunning tropical island. The main drawcard of Heiva is the traditional dance.  The dance competitions are some of the most important events in Heiva with dancers preparing & training for them months in advance.  43 singers & dance groups from different categories battle it out over 2 weeks with music, choreography & costumes based on historical or legendary themes and uniquely created for each Heiva. Heiva is also a showcase for sports competitions and games & focuses on traditional & ancient activities like stone lifting competitions, javelin throwing, outrigger canoe races, fruit carrying races & palm tree climbing.   It's a festival for the whole family with something for everyone. Traditional Sports Competitions - Fruit Carrying race The ladies get involved too!  Keep an eye out for more stories, coming soon to the Coconet!

  • Te Maeva Nui Opening & Float Parade 2016

    Te Maeva Nui Opening & Float Parade 2016

    The Cook Islands 'Te Maeva Nui' self-government anniversary celebrations kicked off on Friday with the opening in Rarotonga. The Float Parade then rolled out through downtown Avarua launching the 1st of the 'Te Maeva Nui' events.  If you're in Rarotonga for the next couple of weeks you can check out the full schedule of events here. Here's some of the highlights from the opening & float parade  Photo Credit & Meitaki Maata:  Eipuatiare Tua

  • Te Maeva Nui 2015 Parade

    Te Maeva Nui 2015 Parade

    Cook Islands celebrate 50 years of self-governance with over 50 floats at this year's parade! Coconet brings you the highlights from this year's float competition.  SUGGESTED LINKS More from the beautiful Cook Islands Cook Green Bananas the Cook Island way Get your dance skills ready for Te Maeva Nui

  • Heiva i Tahiti 2015

    Heiva i Tahiti 2015

    Check out the amazing show at this years Heiva i Tahiti Festival!  In Tahitian, the word Heiva (hei meaning to assemble, and va meaning community places) refers to activities, pastimes, physical exercise, and festivals.  The first Heiva i Tahiti was in 1881 (named Tiurai) and has since grown into a symbol of the Tahitian culture, where celebrations are held for the month of July - including traditonal sports and games, as well as traditional dance.

  • Highlights from Teuila Festival and SIDS Conference 2014

    Highlights from Teuila Festival and SIDS Conference 2014

    Samoa turnt it UP throwing an extravaganza for both the Teuila Festival and the Small Island Developing States Conference this year in Apia! PANI & PANI were there to get in on the action, from the Fa'afine Pageant to Miss Samoa and everything in between!

  • Te Maeva Nui 2016 Highlights Pt 4

    Te Maeva Nui 2016 Highlights Pt 4

    The last night of the Te Maeva Nui dance competition took place last night in Rarotonga and we've got the highlights for you once again .... MANGAIA - Pe'e   TUPAPA MARAERENGA - Ute    OIRE NIKAO - Kapa Rima   VAKA TAKITUMU - Ura Pa'u    ATIU ENUA - Pe'e   VAKA PUAIKURA - Ute    PUKAPUKA - Kapa Rima    AITUTAKI - Ura Pa'u    Photo Credit:  Eipuatiare Tua    Suggested Links: Te Maeva Nui 2016 Highlights Part 3 How to Dance Around the World     

  • Te Maeva Nui 2016 Highlights Pt 3

    Te Maeva Nui 2016 Highlights Pt 3

    Another night of spectacular, high energy performances, amazing costumes & the dance groups absolutely loving what they do. More highlights of last nights performances (Wednesday night in Rarotonga) Aitutaki  Pukapuka  Vaka Puaikura  Atiu  Nikao  Tupapa Mangaia   Photo Credit:  Eipuatiare Tua    Suggested Links: Junior Cook Island Drumming Competition - Te Maeva Nui 2015  Island Eating - Rangi Mitaera-Johnson in Manihiki

  • Te Maeva Nui 2016 Highlights Pt 2

    Te Maeva Nui 2016 Highlights Pt 2

    Highlights from last nights (Tuesday nights) Te Maeva Nui 2016 performances in Rarotonga. The 8 competing teams - Tupapa Maraerenga, Vaka Takitumu, Enua Mangaia, Oire Nikao, Vaka Puaikura, Enua Atiu, Aitutaki and Pukapuka took to the stage again for another night of powerful performances. Exciting, new fresh ideas & choreography, amazing drum beats & fantastic performances ensured the crowd was on their feet!  Photo Credit:  Eipuatiare Tua  Suggested Links: Te Maeva Nui 2016 Highlights Pt 1 Te Maeva Nui 2016 Opening & Float Parade       

  • Te Maeva Nui 2016 Highlights Pt 1

    Te Maeva Nui 2016 Highlights Pt 1

    Monday night highlights from Te Maeva Nui 2016 in Rarotonga. Te Atamira o te Ui Ariki Ngateitei is the theme this year which honours the thrones of Cook Island Royalty, the traditional Paramounts of the Cook Islands.  Te Maeva Nui 2016 honours all their Arikis from Past, Present & Future. The 8 best dance teams took to the stage last night (Monday night in the Cook Islands) to compete in various categories - Pe'e (chant), Ute (Song), Kapa Rima (action song/dance) and Ura Pa'u (drum dance) Check out the highlights from the 8 best dance teams below -      Photo Credit:  Eipuatiare Tua   

  • HEIVA I TAHITI 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

    HEIVA I TAHITI 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

    Ori Tahiti (Tahitian Dance) highlights from the annual Heiva i Tahiti festival earlier in July this year. Suggested Links: How to drum like a Tahitian Boss  Pacific Dances showcased at Miss World 2015

  • Highlights from The Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 in Guahan (Guam)

    Highlights from The Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 in Guahan (Guam)

    Check out some of the highlights from this year's Festival of Pacific Arts held in Guam! Delegates from 27 Pacific nations converged onto Guam for two weeks to celebrate the large plethora of Pacific Art - from Contemporary Art to Fashion, Dance, Traditional tattooing, Arts and Crafts and everything in between! SUGGESTED LINKS Festival of Pacific Arts Opening Ceremony Fashion at the Festival of Pacific Arts!

  • Te Maeva Nui - Rakahanga, Mauke, Manihiki

    Te Maeva Nui - Rakahanga, Mauke, Manihiki

    SUGGESTED LINKS: Watch Part 1 of Te Maeva Nui with Vaka Takitumu Watch Part 2 of Te Maeva Nui with Pukapuka Te Maeva Nui Festival is a cultural and historical celebration which is held every year in July. This is the most important and largest festival where the nation’s self-governance is celebrated. This is a great experience for visitors  as the whole island comes to life with excitement during Te Maeva Nui. The festival includes colourful float parades, sports, singing, dancing and drumming where all the islands come together as one nation.  This final part brings you the best of Rakahanga, Mauke & Manihiki, all 3 were this year's festival favorites, check it out.  Te Maeva Nui 2015 Results:

  • Te Maeva Nui - Pukapuka

    Te Maeva Nui - Pukapuka

    SUGGESTED LINKS Check out Part 1 of the Te Maeva Nui Festival Dance Around The Around with Papa Jack Te Maeva Nui Festival is a cultural and historical celebration which is held every year in July. This is the most important and largest festival where the nation’s self-governance is celebrated. This is a great experience for visitors  as the whole island comes to life with excitement during Te Maeva Nui. The festival includes colourful float parades, sports, singing, dancing and drumming where all the islands come together as one nation.  Part 2 brings you the island of Pukapuka with their Ute and Kapa Rima

  • Te Maeva Nui 2015 - Part 1

    Te Maeva Nui 2015 - Part 1

    Te Maeva Nui Festival is a cultural and historical celebration which is held every year in July. This is the most important and largest festival where the nation’s self-governance is celebrated. This is a great experience for visitors  as the whole island comes to life with excitement during Te Maeva Nui. The festival includes colourful float parades, sports, singing, dancing and drumming where all the islands come together as one nation.  Part 1 brings you the talented tamariki representing Mangaia and highlights from Takitumu's performance. SUGGESTED LINKS: Catch more highlights from this year's parade The future of Cook Island drumming ripping up at the Drum Competition Learn Cook Island moves from the pro! 

  • Tahiti Ora

    Tahiti Ora

    TAHITI ORA The Coconet TV presents 'Heiva I Tahiti' a 4 part profile on 4 dance crews competing at the biggest Tahitian festival in the world. Part 4 brings the winners of Heiva 2014 "Tahiti Ora"