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2017 Miss Pacific Islands Shares Her Hopes

The 2017 Miss Pacific Islands Matauaina To’omalatai aims to get into a climate change programme as she prepares for a year-long advocacy of her theme. Ms To’omalatai Represent­ing American Samoa
11 Dec 2017 11:00
2017 Miss Pacific Islands Shares Her Hopes
Miss American Samoa Matauaina To’omalatai after being crowned the 2017 Miss Pacific Island Pageant at the Prince Charles Park on December 09,2017. PHOTO: KARALAINI TAVI.

The 2017 Miss Pacific Islands Matauaina To’omalatai aims to get into a climate change programme as she prepares for a year-long advocacy of her theme.

Ms To’omalatai Represent­ing American Samoa was crowned at Prince Charles Park on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old from Onenoa said being part of the pageant was not all about beauty, but rather a respon­sibility and she was over­whelmed

“It has been such a journey and such an amazing experi­ence for me, it is not all about beauty but about the service that we do to be an impact that we will have on the peo­ple,” she said.

“Right now I want to be a part of the climate change programme, especially on health, and go forward to pre­vent diabetes, health is the most important thing and should be priority among our people.

“It is a blessing and a re­sponsibility so when the Lord blesses you, you turn around and share that bless­ing with others, to share that blessings with my fellow sis­ters.

“I am so filled with grati­tude and appreciation to­wards everyone who support­ed me and one thing I know the glory goes to the Lord.”

She said her parents had always been her biggest sup­porters despite losing her father a week before she was crowned Miss American Sa­moa earlier this year.

“If he was with me right now he would be really proud of me he was always telling me to help others and pray always, which is what I will use as motivation during the competition,” she said.

“A big thank you to the Fi­jian Government for putting together this event for help­ing and supporting us.”

Meanwhile, Miss Pacific Is­lands Inc executive director Sonja Hunter thanked the contestants, the Government of Fiji and the Nadi City Council for putting together a ‘wonderful’ event.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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