9 Pacific Beauties gear up for the 31st annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant

MPI 2017 Contestants

The 31st Annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Organising Committee has officially announced the contestants for this year’s Pageant which will be held in the newly developed city of Nadi in Fiji, the place where happiness meets you.

Nine beautiful contestants will be vying for the crown, which is currently held by the reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Anne Dunn of Fiji.

The Pageant Theme is ‘Climate Change Action to Sustain our Islands’, which reflects the continuing environmental challenges faced by the Pacific Islands due to the harsh effects of Climate Change, and the Pacific peoples’ resilience and unity to protect its environment from Climate Change.

It further transcends the unity between the Pacific Islands with regards to their unique values which encompass the respect given to their women, adding strength and nurturing the fusion between the respective Pacific cultures.

The pre-Pageant activities begins with an official gathering of Contestants for the initial briefing of all Pageant related events by the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Secretariat and the host Organising Committee of Fiji.

The contestants are from the Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Cooks Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rapa Nui, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga.

The nine Pacific Island Beauties are:

Miss American Samoa - Matauaina Gwendolyn To’omalatai, 24 years. Student and Entertainer.

Miss Cook Islands - Enerstina Pokuia Bonsu-Maro, 22 years. Consents Agent.

Miss Fiji - Hally Qaqa, 24 years. Student.

Miss Nauru - Tansy Angelique Itsimaera, 20 years. Reporter.

Miss Papua New Guinea - Niawali Anastacia Twain, 23 years. Medical Laboratory Technician.

Miss Rapa Nui - Tiare Pakarati, 19 years. Student and Model.

Miss Miss Samoa - Alexandra Iakopo, 23 years. Qualification Officer at the Samoa Qualifications Authority

Miss Solomon Islands - Emily Chan, 18 years. Student.

Miss Tonga - Ophelia Kitiliti Kava, 23 years. Call Center Administrator.

Other formal activities for the ladies include attending a church service on Sunday at the International Full Gospel Church in Nadi, visits to tourism sites and resorts, before the judged events and categories spread throughout four Pageant

nights such as the pre-Pageant Interview, opening performance and introduction, sarong, traditionally inspired attire, stage interview and talent.

Contestants all arrived in the weekend and kick start the Pre-Pageant week of activities.

The Pageant nights of competition will be from the 6th to the 9th of December, 2017 at Prince Charles Park.

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