Marouna is a bilingual Cook island māori and English language book that tells the story of a warrior named Marouna. Born in Rarotonga, Marouna is summoned by his grandfather, who lives in Aitutaki, to come to Aitutaki and rescue the people from a group of foreigners known as the Aitu. The Aitu are threatening the peace and prosperity of the people of Aitutaki, and only Marouna has the strength and courage to stand up to them.
As Marouna sets out on his mission, he faces many challenges and obstacles. He must navigate treacherous waters and overcome fierce battles in order to reach Aitutaki and fulfill his destiny. Along the way, Marouna gathered strong warriors from Mangaia, Atiu, Mitiaro and Mauke to help him in his quest to rescue Aitutaki from foreign invaders.
The book is written in both Cook Island Maori and English, providing readers with the opportunity to learn about the language and culture of the Cook Islands. The story is engaging and exciting, making it a great read for anyone interested in the history and traditions of the Cook Islands. With its captivating plot and rich cultural themes, Marouna is a book that will appeal to readers of all ages.
Traditionally shared through Aitutaki oral history, this narrative can now be appreciated through this bilingual illustrated story which also encourages visual learns to share in this important cultural history of the Cook Islands.
Translated by Mike Tepaki and Anna Elia
Author Clinton Hewett (Aitutaki, Rarotonga, European) is an artist, woodcarver and author from Aitutaki, Cook Islands. He creates oil paintings as well as digital paintings and illustrations inspired by narratives from both historic and contemporary Cook Island cultural themes.
“My passion is to visually remind us of our ancestors great achievements and inspire our future generations to be proud of our history, to be brave and to follow in our ancestors footsteps.”