Garth Young on Piano Saturday BBQ
Garth Young on Piano Saturday BBQ

GARTH YOUNG - our entertainer on Tuesday nights - 53 years of Music (and still going strong!)

Garth arrived in Rarotonga with his wife Maurine and family in 1980 with the intention of never playing again - however, within a week he was back into playing at the newly built Rarotongan Hotel.

His professional music career began in 1953 in and around Wellington, New Zealand.  Almost immediately he was busy playing seven nights a week and soon after that, teaching music seven days a week as well.  Within a few years he became heavily involved arranging and recording backings for many artists and groups on several record labels including Viking Records, Phillips and E.M.I.

His own piano records became huge sellers with some of them outselling the young Elvis Presley throughout NZ.  In all, Garth arranged, played and conducted the music for well over a thousand tracks over more than  25 years.

When television became established in NZ, it was inevitable that Garth would become part of this new industry and that meant no more music teaching until he came to Rarotonga to live.  He was soon one of the busiest arrangers of TVNZ and in all made around 500 appearances over a fifteen year span.  This included a regular three times weekly daytime piano request programme where viewers wrote in to ask for their favourite music to be played for them.  This all meant many, many weeks of  up to 140 hours work and for this reason Garth and his family decided to opt for a saner lifestyle in Rarotonga.

He currently plays five nights per week at Tamarind House as well as his regular Saturday appearance at Aroa Beachside Inn.

Jake Numunga on Ukelele Tuesday BBQ
Jake Numunga on Ukelele Tuesday BBQ

JAKE NUMANGA - our entertainer on Saturday nights.

You will all get to know Jake - he will welcome you in at the airport, and unfortunately, there is a time that you will have to leave, so he will serenade you out of the airport.

In between this busy schedule Jake finds time to play ukelele on Tuesday nights at the Aroa Beachside Inn.  His singing and accompanyment on Ukelele entertains our guests with a little humour on the side.

Jake has been awarded MBE for services to the country.

For 20 years Jake has been welcoming incoming tourists to Rarotonga - and the departing ones too - with his island songs - and not too many of the flights are at friendly times - no matter what time of the day or night it is, Jake will be there for you.

 

RUDY AQUINO, ENTERTAINER THURSDAY NIGHTS

COCKTAIL MUSIC 5.30 – 7.30PM

 

Rudy moved to the Cook Islands in 2008 after visiting many times.  He is a life time friend of Jim and came to Rarotonga with Heidi, his wife, to live, much to the shame of his many followers in Hawaii.

 

In his early years Rudy was playing with Don Ho and the Aliis, a well known Hawaiian band, moving on to a 15 year stint at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui where Rudy and Heidi were the entertainers.

 

His love of music and enormous talent sets him aside, playing the Vibra Harp, Ukulele, Keyboard and Nose Flute, accompanied by delightful vocal.  On Rarotonga Rudy plays cocktail music at the Aro’a Beachside Inn on Thursday nights with lovely Heidi entertaining with her dancing.  Rudy plays at other venues on the island up to 5 nights a week, and the odd special occasion thrown in.

 

They have naturally merged into the Cook Island culture, swapping one paradise for another.  Rudy and Heidi own and manage an immaculate little accommodation at Matavera, called Tropical Sands.

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