American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A volcanic island of the southern Pacific Ocean in the southwest Cook Islands. The largest and most important island in the group, it serves as the capital of the Cook Islands.
“I asked some schoolkids here in Rarotonga if they knew what ringworm looked like, and one little girl had a ringworm sore on her arm and showed it to me.”
“For instance, in Rarotonga, capital of the Cook Islands, 14 percent of men and 44 percent of women were obese in 1966.”
“(The tractors remind me of the coconut scrapers I came across in Rarotonga.”
“The 22-year-old, a member of New Zealand's World Cup winning squad, was reported last month to have stormed into a Rarotonga bar bleeding and naked before punching two customers.”
“But a strapping Rarotonga vahine  -- she must have weighed two hundred and fifty -- brought up against him and got an arm around his neck.”
“Global Volunteers Tutoring children in reading, one of many volunteer activities in the Cook Island of the South Pacific Since 1998, Global Volunteers has offered one- to three-week programs for up to 20 volunteers in Rarotonga, the most populous of the nation's volcanic islands.”
“Rarotonga is the main island in the Cook Island group, a true Polynesian paradise, with towering jungle-covered peaks and an aqua verde lagoon surrounding the island.”
“Where: You board New Zealand Air at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, July 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm, and then wake up in paradise the next morning on Rarotonga, Cook Islands.”
“Painting in Paradise will gather this coming July 24 for the art holiday of a lifetime, six days of watercolor painting on the palm-shaded shores of Rarotonga's aqua blue lagoon, under the instruction of watercolorist Bron Smith.”
“Cook Islands: Tahiti may be more famous, but this 15-island South Pacific nation is equally stunning -- a watery mosaic of coral atolls (Rarotonga and Aitutaki are the two to visit) and picturesque lagoons that shimmer with every imaginable shade of blue.”
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