Our days spent on Rarotonga proved to be full of excitement and a great introduction to the Cook Islands’ culture. We were able to experience the 50th anniversary performances at the island’s auditorium. I have learned that the Cook Islanders have 3 names for coconuts and relied on the coconut tree for food, drink, baskets, and clothing throughout their history.
The reef biodiversity is immense and full of clams that can live longer than humans and weigh over 50 pounds. I have had the privilege of seeing more species of fish in one trip than my entire life.
Now that we are in Aitutaki, every look out of a window fills us with anticipation for the work to come.


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