The number one question we received during PIFA weekend was: “Where in the world are the Cook Islands?”
Good question! In short, the Cooks are south of Hawaii and in between Samoa and Tahiti. The plane ride from Tahiti to Rarotonga (the capital of the Cook Islands) is about 90 minutes. Fun fact: Pukapuka is actually closer to Samoa than it is to Rarotonga! Fun fact number two: my grandma’s family is from Pukapuka, and my grandpa’s side is from Aitutaki.
Melodie is the director and producer of Spirit of Tivaevae. Born in New Zealand to a Cook Islander father and American mother, Melodie was raised in the United States. Her family background gives her a unique perspective on being a Pacific Islander raised outside the culture.