Motu Koita Assembly to host Hiri Moale festival

The Motu Koita Assembly is gearing up to host another crowd pleaser event for Port Moresby residents- the Hiri Moale Festival.

The two day event is set to be held on Sept 30-Oct 1 at Down Town, Ela Beach.

The last time the festival was held was in 2014.

However, it was put off last year due to the South Pacific Games.

 Chairman of the Motu Koita Assembly Udia Opao said after much delay of deferring the launch since its announcement, he apologized that  some of the arrangements were out of the Assembly’s control resulting in the launch being deferred a couple of times at the last minute.

Opao expressed his appreciation by thanking the major sponsors NCDC, ExxonMobil and Lae Biscuit for their sponsorship in cash and kind towards the festival adding that this year’s festival will be an even bigger and better one.

Minister for Sport Justin Tketchenko during the launch in July said, the Motu Koita people have his full support as well as the full support of the NCDC and are adamant to stage this year’s Hiri Moale Festival.

Various events will be held from canoe racing to traditional dances and singsings, peroveta choir, string bands including the highlight of the show-the crowning of the Miss Hiri Hanenamo.

Young beauties between the ages of 18 and 25 or known as Hane U’ulato, from all Motu and Koita villages, from Gabagaba to Manumanu will be vying for the title.

Annette Kora