The eight contestants for the 2016 Miss Pacific islands are from varied educational backgrounds and careers.
Miss American Samoa, now an employee of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau, Antonina Keka Lilomaiava, is one of two 19 year olds vying for the title.
The other is Miss Nauru Lucina Detsiogo, an Information and Communications Technology Assistant technician for the Nauru Government.
Miss Cook Islands – Tepaeru Helen Toka, 21, is a frontline associate at the Bank of the Cook Islands; from Fiji is Anne Christine Dunn, 24, a law graduate from the University of the South Pacific.
Miss Papua New Guinea – Kellyanne Marie-Lisa Limiye, 23, is ttudying Political Science at the University of the South Pacific, Miss Samoa – Priscilla Olano, the oldest at 26, is a Pacific Climate Change Portal Technical Assistant at SPREP, and Miss Tonga – Laura Melaia Renae Lauti, 21, is an Ambassador for Bay Area Successful Thinkers Network.
The final contestant is Camilla Grossmith, 23, from the Solomon Islands.
This will be the 30th year of the regional pageant and a week of activities beginning this Sunday, Samoa time will precede the actual crowning on December2.