Savaii will host the 2018 Miss Samoa Pageant in September as the Teuila Festival finale this year.
The historical event which will be staged for the first time ever in Savai’i, has long been under the Samoa Events Incorporated, (SEI) radar. As the final year of their three year government endorsed contract draws to a close, SEI wants to bow out with class and grace
“We owe it to our Savai’i residents to claim a sense of ownership in their Miss Samoa,” says Pageant Director, Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa.
For the 2018 event, SEI has garnered the support from ten Mafutaga a Tina from various churches and congregations on the big island to host the contestants.
“The Mafutaga a Tina’s are two hundred percent behind the initiative,” noted Laeimau.
“They will be the cultural and motherly tutors for the contestants for four days leading up to the pageant which will be staged at the Don Bosco Catholic School at Salelologa.”
Laeimau says that this grassroots approach is for the contestants to learn authentic cultural and daily life by spending time in the Savai’i villages – an educations cornerstone, she says and pathway for young SUGA.
The strategic move also has business people of Savai’i wanting to get involved.
“We are truly blessed to have Savaii Samoa Tourism on our corner as well many of our business partners and supporters on the big island.”
The reigning Miss Samoa Alexandra Iakopo who is from Sapapali’i Savai’i, couldn’t be more pleased with the decision.
“The pageant is more than a beauty contest,” she says. “It represents the empowerment of Samoa women as achievers and main contributors to our country’s well-being and welfare.
“It’s also an investment to sustain our tourism revenues for the benefit of our accommodation, transport, handicrafts sectors and even farmers who are benefactors of the tourism dollars. And it’s crucial that we maintain the drive and innovation to entice tourists to visit our country.”
SEI thanks Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi for supporting the move.
“It would be amiss for me, should I fail to acknowledge the ingenuity of the Samoa Events Incorporated, (SEI) which came up with idea for Savaii to host the 2018 Miss Samoa Pageant,” noted Tuilaepa.
“I call on all Savaii residents and our business stakeholders to support the Miss Samoa Pageant. It is a rare opportunity and it will be the pathway for future national events to be staged on the big island.”