The Hiri Moale Festival is a celebration of the Motu Koitabu culture. The culture of the traditional landowners of Port Moresby.
Recent information coming from the Motu Koitabu Assembly is that the once popular Hiri Moale Show will be back this year after being absent from Papua New Guinea’s cultural festival scene for the last three years.
The festival, which is a celebration of the Motu Koitabu people, has always attracted both local and international audience and given its absence over the last few years, its return will surely be welcomed by those who have had the opportunity to experience the showcasing of this magnificent culture.
One of the draw cards of the festival is the Hiri Queen competition and of course the re-enactment of the arrival of the traditional hulled canoe called the Lakatoi at Ela Beach.
The Lakatoi has its story going back to those years when the Motu Koitabu people sailed on these traditional canoes to exchange goods with the people of the Gulf Province.
We’ve been involved with the Hiri Moale Festival previously having taken photographs and videos to showcase online. Hopefully, we can do that again this year.
Here are some of the photos we’ve taken of that festival.