Cook Islands Golden Ukelele Festival

Ukelele Festival Trip

Ukalele Festival, Rarotonga

Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Garden Studio, Lagoon Breeze Villas

Lagoon Breeze Villas beach

Cook Islands

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Golden Ukalele festival

Ukelele Festival Trip

13 Day Festival Getaway Adventure - Golden Ukalele festival

The Cook Islands’ Golden Ukalele festival is the first of its kind and focuses on three key themes: Celebration, Commemoration and Recognition. The Festival allows the music community in Rarotonga to recognise the extraordinary contribution of an individual or entity, to the ukalele instrument and music, by awarding them with the ‘Golden Ukalele Award’.  Be part of this exciting event and listen to a diverse range of music sounds and genres with the island’s much-loved instrument.

FIXED TRAVEL DATE: 29 Feb 2020 (depart) to 14 Mar 2020 (return)

We are also the great entertainers of the Pacific, the best dancers and drummers in Polynesia. Festivals to showcase and celebrate these are an important part of life, with fierce competition between the islands to produce the most outstanding performers and performances. It was therefore no surprise when the ukalele came along with the early Europeans, that the Cook Islands, and other Polynesian islands of the South Pacific, quickly adopted and adapted the ukalele into their music and musical instruments.

Hence Cook Islands Ukalele changed from more than just the miniaturized version of the guitar to a distinctive pacific island instrument, shaped around the coconut shell, which formed the base of the cook Islands ukalele. These ukalele also have a higher tone that epitomises the capela type of traditional Cook Islands music and chants. Today local makers of Cook Islands ukalele have refined a blend of various ukalele’s from the basic four strings, to 8 strings and with one to three coconut or wooden bases, depending on the tone one is after. Even with these developments the standard design ukalele’s, known locally as the Hawaiian or kamaka ukalele, is still popular and is valued among the range of ukalele sounds in the Cook Islands.

Traditional songs are sung with the accompaniment of the ukalele in groups of people affectionately known as string bands. This is a very popular and important part of local entertainment and social gatherings. The Golden Ukalele Festival is an opportunity to trace and celebrate the Ukalele’s contribution to Cook Islands and Pacific music in the last two centuries

We also hope that the Golden Ukalele Festival will bring ukalele enthusiasts from all over the world to a gathering where ukalele playing and music is celebrated in its diversity and uniqueness and a means of bringing people together in enjoyment and peace.

Departing Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton
$2,699CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price is subject to availability.
  • Accommodations: Lagoon Breeze Villas (Garden Studio)
  • Price includes: Return Airport Transfers & Daily Breakfast
Departing Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto or Ottawa
$2,999CAD
per person based on double occupancy
  • Price is subject to availability.
  • Accommodations: Lagoon Breeze Villas (Garden Studio)
  • Price includes: Return Airport Transfers & Daily Breakfast

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Ukelele Festival Trip

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12 nights Cook Islands Event

13 Day Adventure

Day 1 : Depart Canada

Depart from Canada to Los Angeles, then on to the Cook Islands.

 

Day 2: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Upon arrival in Rarotonga, you will be met and transferred to your resort (01 Mar 2020).

Days 3-12: Rarotonga

Enjoy your time at leisure in the Cook Islands!

The Festival runs from 07 through to 12 Mar 2020

Day 13: Depart

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

You arrive in Canada Day 14 (14 Mar 2020)

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Weather

The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round. April through November is the cool, dry season with an average temperature of 26ºC. December through March is the warm, humid, wet season and has temperatures ranging from 22ºC to 30ºC. Occasional tropical showers can be expected during this time of year.

Safety

The Cook Islands are generally a safe destination for travel, with a relatively low crime rate, few endemic diseases and a great health care system. With all travel at home or away, you should observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions. Take copies of your important documents and keep them separate from the originals.

Vaccinations

WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their routing vaccines. You should also be vaccinated for Typhoid, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots. In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician.

Currency & Customs

The Cook Island’s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD), supplemented by notes and coinage for local use. The unique local coins and notes are not available outside the Cook Islands. There is no limit on currency, but amounts over $10000 must be declared. There is no Departure Tax, as this is included in your international airfare.

Electricity

Mains voltage in the Cook Islands is 230V 50Hz, the same as in New Zealand and Australia. Notable exceptions to this are Japan, USA and Canada which uses 100/120V 50/60Hz. If your country does not use appliances within the 230V 50Hz mains voltage range, you will need to purchase a voltage converter.

Language

Cook Islands Maori is the local language spoken but everyone also speaks English. Learning a few Maori words will make the locals smile

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