Miss Pacific launch a right royal affair

Friday October 09, 2015 Written by Published in Entertainment

Miss Pacific Islands 2015 is officially underway, with reigning Miss Pacific Islands Miss Latafale Auva’a kicking off her island tour on Wednesday night.

The Samoan beauty mixed and mingled with locals at an elegant dinner at Crown Beach Resort and Spa on Wednesday night.

Auva’a was accompanied by former Miss South Pacific Teuira Napa and Current Miss Cook Islands Felicia George.

The night was also supported by Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters and his wife Tuaine, as well as Prime Minister’s wife, Akaiti Puna.

Guests paid $70 to get into the “royal” affair, with all proceeds going towards hosting the regional pageant later this year.

The delicious aroma of fresh ham on the bone was a taste of the full buffet meal to come, and the sweet sound of island music a taste of the entertainment to make the evening that much more memorable.

Miss Pacific Islands herself, who is an accomplished singer and performer, also performed intermittently throughout the night. 

Miss Cook Islands Felicia George and former Miss Cook Islands and Miss South Pacific Teuira Napa also joined her, as well as other guest artists.  

The evening was a way for Auva’a to introduce herself to Rarotonga, before heading off to the islands of Aitutaki and Mangaia.

The trip to Mangaia is a historic moment for the pageant, as they have never before hosted a Miss Pacific Islands title holder.

The Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association say the island leaders were more than thrilled to welcome Auva’a to their unique southern home.

The whole community rallied together to greet her upon arrival, before she embarked on a programme of sight-seeing, community visits and an official reception.

On Saturday Auva’a and her chaperone Kristian Scanlan will travel to the island of Aitutaki where she will be the guest of the Miss Aitutaki Pageant Association. 

A fundraiser event is also being planned to coincide with Miss Pacific Islands visit. 

 “We are so excited to be taking Miss Pacific Islands to meet our people in the outer islands and we thank all of our sponsors for helping us to do this,” an MCIPA spokesperson said.

See more pictures from the star-studded event at Crown Beach Resort in Monday’s social pages. 

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