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HIBISCUS BUILDUP:Talemaitoga: Be The Woman You Were Destined To Become

HIBISCUS BUILDUP:Talemaitoga: Be The Woman You Were Destined To Become
Kalomita Talemaitoga. Photos: Niyaaz Dean
July 06
15:19 2017

Meet Kalomita Talemaitoga, one of the Queen contestants at this August’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.

Her advocacy message is women empowerment.

“I believe that you should be the woman that you were created and destined to become.”



Ms Talemaitoga is originally from Nasaqalau, Lakeba in Lau with maternal links to Naivucini, Naitasiri.

The 22-year-old grew up in Wailoku and is the eldest of six sisters.

She attended St John’s Baptist Anglican Primary School and Adi Cakobau School.

She’s currently a third year student pursuing a Bachelor in Environmental Health studies at the Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Heath Sciences.


Know your Queen:

What was your first reaction when you were told that you were one of the 13 Queen contestants at this year’s festival?

Kalomita: I was surprised because I never really thought that they would consider me to be a contestant.

But I am immensely blessed to be given such an opportunity as its THE Hibiscus Festival and that’s a lot to take in.

What are you most looking forward to for this year’s Festival?

Kalomita: The experience, the fun and most importantly the opportunity to advocate on my theme.

Has it ever crossed your mind growing up and watching the festival that one day you’ll be a

part of it?

Kalomita: No! It has never crossed my mind that I would actually be participating in the Hibiscus Festival.

What do you like doing in your past time?

Kalomita: Apart from studying, I love to play volleyball and spend quality time with family and friends.

Who is your greatest inspiration by far?

Kalomita: My greatest inspiration are my parents. I am so grateful to the Almighty God for blessing me with amazing parents. They have sacrificed a lot for me and my siblings and therefore my participation this year is dedicated to them.

What would you like to take away from this year’s Hibiscus?

Kalomita: The moments that I’ve spent with the friends that I’ve made along this journey are memories that I will cherish forever and after this festival, I hope to achieve a better and more confident version of myself than before.



Quote:  Jeremiah 29:11 – For I alone know the plans I have for you. Plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future that you hope for.

Book: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Food: Anything edible

Song right Now: Never Regret by Mr Dylan and Muno

All time Movie: Ice Age.

Guilty Pleasure: I love to eat

Compiled by Mere Satakala

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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