Competing Cultures

The four cultures below will be competing in the upcoming 2020 Fomuda World Championship hosted by The Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii, USA.

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Many New Zealanders welcome visitors with the traditional greeting of the indigenous Māori people. Māori are the tangata whenua or 'indigenous people of the land' of Aotearoa New Zealand, and Māoriculture is central to New Zealand's fresh, invigorating and adventurous national identity.



The culture of the Cook Islands reflects the traditions of its fifteen islands as a Polynesian island country, spread over 1,800,000 square kilometres (690,000 square miles) in the South Pacific Ocean. It is in free association with New Zealand.

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The traditional culture of Samoa is a communal way of life based on Fa'a Samoa, the unique socio-political culture. In Samoan culture, most activities are done together. There are 3 main parts in the Samoan culture, that is faith, family and music.

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The distinctive traditional dress 'ta'ovala' – woven waist mats – are commonly worn. Fish and vegetables are still cooked in earth ovens called Umus. And the ceremonial tradition of kava drinking, the traditional Polynesian drink, is a very real part of Tongan life.