Rudy Aquino

Rudy Aquino by Judith Kunzlé

Aro’a Beachside Inn entertainer on Thursday nights, 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.