By Nadine Kam
Summer Manuma and Robert Mokiao were named the winners Sept. 17, of the Mr. & Miss Polynesia Pacific competition that took place at the Pacific Beach Hotel.
There’s never a dull moment in the pageant that puts its young, dynamic contenders through their paces in five grueling competitions that measure talent and creativity. The competition is probably one of the toughest in town, the contestants tend to be seasoned performers, accustomed to the rigors of the Polynesian revue.
The show coincided with Aloha Week festivities in Waikiki, so after checking in at rehearsals for Valerie Joseph’s “Fresh in the City” the same night! it took me an hour to go from Pearl through Waikiki, so I missed the more fashion-y aspects of the show, the Natural Couture, Pareo and Black Tie Polynesia competitions.
But I did get to watch the talent and always colorful Fantasy Polynesian segments. In the latter, the competitors get some help from drag queens in creating their over-the-top costumes.
When I got there, I spotted some Honolulu Community College Fashion Technology students. I should have known they might have been there to support one of their own, Uoleni Tupuola. For his talent segment, he presented a mini fashion show of four ensembles, showing pageant-style talent doesn’t have to be restricted to song and dance.
Mr. Polynesia Pacific: Robert Ahsen Minoaka Keokolo Lopeti Wahilani Mokiao
Miss Polynesia Pacific: Summer Malamaisaua Kawailana Manuma
Natural Couture: Summer Manuma and Julian Maeva
Pareo: Summer Manuma and Robert Mokiao
Black Tie: Summer Manuma and Robert Mokiao
Talent: Summer Manuma and Julian Maeva
Fantasy: Tesia Melani Anuenueokalanikemakamale‘a Worley and Robert Mokiao
Congratulations to all!