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The Hiri Moale Festival is Back

Story by Colin Taimbari
Pictures by Ekar Keapu

The famous Hiri Maole Festival is back in 2004 after a one year absence and it promises to be even bigger and better according to festival organiser and major sponsor – National Capital District Commission.

“Well, it’s festival time and excitement is in the air,” was how NCDC board chairman Michael Malabag aptly summed up the atmosphere at the launch of the festival in Port Moresby on April 16.

The festival is a celebration and re-enactment of the ocean voyages of the olden days when the local landowners of Port Moresby and surrounding villages – the Motu Koitabu people - would travel out west in huge dug-out canoes to trade with the Erema people (now call Kerema in the Gulf Province).

The trips were long and dangerous but for the Motu Koitabu’s (mostly men), it was important, a trip worth risking their lives in order that their wives and children survive the severe droughts that were common in Port Moresby in those days. The return voyage was one of joy and celebration as women with their bodies all tattooed up would line the beaches singing and dancing in grass skits to welcome their husbands, brothers and children.

Hiri Moale 2004 chairman Vagi Toua, NCDC Board chairman Michael Malabag and Privatisation Minister Dr Puka Temu
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