Hiri Moale festival

Celebrating their survival

It reflects to the time of the ancestors, particularly the return of the seafarers after the long voyage to the Gulf of Papua for the Hiri Trade.

Many years have passed since the last voyage but the celebration holds an even stronger meaning to this day.

While it’s about preserving culture, Udia says the celebration is about the struggle and determination and survival of the ethnicity, which resonates today in the face of development.  

Small craft markets popping up in Moresby

This happens so every time there are special occasions, like festivals such as provincial days, cultural events including school or work events that get the interest of tourists and locals as well.

Loop PNG interviewed a group of mothers who were selling their handcraft at Ela Beach during the Hiri Moale Festival and this is what they had to say.

Maria Joseph from Enga sells bilums which she weaves herself.

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Hiri Hanenamo judging set for Nature Park

The festival is set to be staged on Friday Sept 30 and Saturday Oct 1, this year at Down Town, Ela Beach.

However, the first judging of the 2016 Hiri Hanenamo will be taking place at the Port Moresby Nature Park tomorrow, Monday Sept 26th at 10am.

This time, the 2014 Miss Hiri Hanenamo- Ms Boio Miria from Boera village and runner up- Ms Mea Lakani from Hanubada will be handing over the title to the next contestant for 2015 Miss Hiri Hanenamo.