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Top 10 Rarotongan Words and Phrases

In all honesty, you don’t need to worry about learning a new language to join us on Spring Break RARO, mostly because English is the official language of the Cook Islands. Rarotonga however does have its own traditional dialect, also known as Cook Islands Maori.


Our Spring Break RARO team and all the resort staff speak English and will be on hand to help you in any way they can. If you’re interested in language and want to feel more in the Raro-flow before you land, read on to find out the top 10 words to know in the Rarotongan tongue;


Kia Orana

The most polite way to say hello to your Rarotongan hosts is to say ‘kia orana!’. It literally means ‘may you live long!’.



Mataora is exactly what you’ll feel as soon as your feet hit the sand. ‘Mataora’ means happy!



Same as in New Zealand Maori language, ‘kai’ means food. Boy, is there some good kai in Raro. Check out Trader Joe’s for an awesome burger or Tamarind House if you’re hankering for a fancy feed!



Once you’ve finished your kai be sure to send your ‘meitaki’ to the chef. ‘Meitaki’ means thank you.



Join us on Spring Break RARO and you’ll be ‘ura-ing all night long baby! ‘Ura means to dance and dance you will!



Tane is the Rarotongan word for man…



…Vaine is the Rarotongan word for woman…



…manea is the Rarotongan word meaning pretty or handsome. You wanna ‘ura with a manea tane or vaine? On Spring Break RARO you can do just that!



If those rain clouds look like they’re closing in perhaps a Ra ‘ura will be in order?! Ra is the Cook Island Maori word for sun.



We may have talked about watching the sun rise in our other blogs about Spring Break RARO but have you ever watched the moon rise? Watching the moon rise is arguably a more spiritual experience than watching the sunset, try it! Marama means moon.


Like we said, there’s no need to do an intensive 6-week crash course in Rarotongan in order to make the most out of your time with us on Spring Break but knowing a few simple words may help you make some local friends that bit quicker!

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