Miss American Samoa, Matauaina To’omalatai is the new Miss Pacific Islands.
She topped the judges scoreboard to bring home the title for the sixth time in the 31 year old regional pageant.
Miss American Samoa won Best Traditionally Inspired Attire, Miss National Tourism and Miss Photogenic.
In receiving the title, the new Miss Pacific Islands was overwhelmed with emotion and could not hold back tears as she acknowledged everyone, including her father who recently passed away.
“To my dad, I wish you were here,” said the new Miss Pacific Islands with tears of joy.
“To my families and friends, to my team and especially to my country, thank you all so much.”
“Thank you American Samoa, I’m truly so blessed to represent such a country.”
“Faafetai tele lava, vinaka vakalevu.”
Miss To’omalatai was born in Onenoa, American Samoa, and was studying nursing at the University of Hawaii at Kapi’olani Community College before she entered the Miss American Samoa Pageant, with her goal of becoming a registered nurse specializing in treatment and care of diabetes patients and bring about awareness on diabetes.
The winners were announced last night at Prince Charles Park in Nadi, at the conclusion of a busy week of activities.
Here is the complete winners list provided by the Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau David Vaeafe, who was at the pageant in Fiji.
Best Sarong Miss Papua New Guinea
Best Traditionally Inspired Attire Miss American Samoa
Miss Personality Miss Samoa
Miss National Tourism Miss American Samoa
Miss Internet Miss Samoa
Miss Photogenic Miss American Samoa
Best Talent Miss Samoa
Best Interview Miss Samoa
4th Runner Up Miss Papa Nui
3rd Runner Up Miss Cook Islands
2nd Runner Up Miss Fiji
1st Runner Up Miss Samoa
Miss Pacific Islands Miss American Samoa
Vaeafe reports that Matauaina heads tomorrow for Port Vila, Vanuatu to join the American Samoa team at the South Pacific Mini Games to support their efforts.
He says, “Thank you for supporting our Miss and we are finally bringing home the title after a 15 year gap.”