Newly-crowned Miss American Samoa, Suluga Talofaalii Taliau, is the most recent contestant to be confirmed for Miss Pacific Islands following their finale event last Saturday.
“The last time the Miss South Pacific was held in the Cook Islands the pageant was won by Miss American Samoa Lupe Aumavae” quips Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association president, Clee Marsters.
Miss Fiji Zaira Begg is another recently crowned island princess to be confirmed for the pageant, with the finale event in Nadi on October 24.
Along with being crowned Miss Fiji, Begg was also the winner of the Talent and Research Topic, and Traditional Costume sections of the Pageant.
“Miss Fiji can look forward to a lot of support when she is here, from our friends and families in the Fijian community” says Marsters.
Miss Fiji’s registration brings the total number to five, with two more still to be confirmed.
The final registration date for the regional showcase has been extended to allow Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to stage their pageants and choose their representatives for the Miss Pacific Islands.
The Miss Solomon Islands Pageant was launched this week and will be followed by Miss Papua New Guinea shortly.
These countries registrations will bring the number for the pageant to seven, including Miss Cook Islands Felicia George.
Other registered countries include American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga.
Meanwhile hopes are still up for late confirmations from Miss Tahiti, Miss Rapa Nui, Miss Niue, Miss Vanuatu and Miss Aotearoa.
Hosting franchise, the Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association say they have ongoing communications the franchise committees in these countries to confirm their spots.
“Travel costs and things like costume and wardrobe requirements appear to be the main constraint for attendance by these countries, however we are hopeful,” says MCIPA Vice President Elena Tavioni.
The countdown to the pageant was sparked last month when current Miss Pacific Latafale Auva’a and secretary of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant, Kristian Scanlan, visited the Cooks.
The Samoan beauty queen was visiting the island to launch the Miss Pacific Islands pageant and to show support for the Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association as hosts.
Miss Pacific, Latafale Auva’a will not be attending the pageant in December, as she will be competing as Miss Samoa in the Miss World Pageant.
However, the honour of crowning the new Pacific queen has gone to our own former Miss South Pacific, Teuira Napa.
While the pageant is not until December, Scanlan, who is also secretary of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant, said it was important for them to visit and begin preparations.
Scanlan was also visiting to ensure that everything is in place for the upcoming pageant.
“I am very excited to go back and report to the board that the Cook Islands is more than ready,” he said.