Celebrating The Outrigger Marshall Islands Cup

Celebrating The Outrigger Marshall Islands Cup

Every year the Outrigger Marshall Islands Cup is celebrated at the Outrigger Marshall Islands Resort. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is located about 1600 miles from Guam and approximately 2, 200 miles southwest of Honolulu. It is made oof 29 atolls and five coral islands.A nationally recognised event, the Islands Cup upholds the tradition of Marshallese canoe building and sailing. Participants from more than twenty atolls come together to celebrate the culture through dancing, food, competitions, arts, crafts and much, much more.

There is a demonstration of distinctive and unique crafts from outer atolls. Things like navigational stick charts, kili bags, baskets created out of pandanus leaves and coconut fronds and marmar necklaces are displayed.Activities such as the traditional dancing of the Marshallese islands take place with food and fare of the indigenous variety.

The Islands Cup has become a way to rejuvenate interest in canoe building art of Microensia. Through the excitement that the event generates and the thousands of spectators that descend for the annual occasion a part of the culture is preserved. Competitors and participators come from all types of Marshall Islands like:

  • Ailinglaplap
  • Ebon
  • Namdrik
  • Arno
  • Wotje
  • Ujae
  • Majuro

Understanding Marshallian Culture Through Language

The Marshallese Educational Initiative hopes to promote the intellectual, cultural and historical awareness of the Marshallese people by teaching more and more people the native language of the islands. We offer an intensive language class in Marshallese that can help anyone overcome communication barriers. By learning the dialect, we aim to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue. Furthermore, a basic grasp of the native lingo can help government officials, educators and health care provides to interact at a local level.

The classes are one and a half hour long and take place once a week for a month. They are not to be considered as a substitute of a Marshallese translator. The course is to give you the right tools to gain the basic communication skills needed to navigate the atolls that comprise the Marshall Islands. Beside a fundamental study of the language we even talk about the cultural practices of the country to help businesses and organisations run more efficiently.

Anyone searching for a more indepth understanding of the islands can get in touch with our partnered academic specialists and professional speakers. They are well versed in subjects ranging from Marshallese music to climate change and will be able to better serve you.