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Miss American Samoa on her way to Miss Pacific Islands Pageant

(l-r) American Samoa Visitors Bureau executive director, David Vaeafe; Miss American Samoa Inc. president & chaperone Simeafou Imo; Miss American Samoa Matauaina Toomalatai; Luseane Clark-Vaeafe and Eleitino Tuiasosopo.[photo: Visitors Bureau/MASI]
The Miss American Samoa delegation - in this photo taken over the weekend at Faleolo Airport in Apia -

The Miss American Samoa delegation is enroute to Nadi, Fiji for the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant.

The group departed Pago Pago this past Sunday afternoon heading to Fiji via Apia. Prior to their departure, To’omalatai along with the traveling group attended a church service at the CCCAS Onenoa.

The regional pageant kicks off on Dec. 1st and runs through Dec. 9th and for the first time, there will be four nights of pageant competition, said Vaeafe, during brief remarks at last Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

According to the pageant’s schedule, the event will be hosted at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi. This year’s theme is, “Climate Action to Sustain our Islands”. The official program opens Dec 1st in Fiji (which is today, Nov. 30th in Pago Pago) with contestants picking their Pre-Pageant interview questions.

On the evening of Dec. 6th is the opening performance, introduction and sarong judging. The next day is set aside for the “pre-pageant interview” (in the morning) while the talent category will be judged in the evening. The evening of Dec. 8th is the “traditionally inspired attire judging and stage interview”.

The float competition is set for the morning of Dec. 9th and the official crowning of the winner will take place later in evening.

Throughout the week, there are many activities and events the contestants will be involved in.

Nine contestants — including for the first time, Miss Rapanui from Easter Island — will compete in the 31st Miss Pacific Islands Pageant. Other island countries and territories being represented are American Samoa, Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga, according to online news outlet,

After the regional pageant, Vaeafe said last week that To’omalatai would travel to Port Villa, Vanuatu to join and support the American Samoa team competing in the South Pacific Mini Games next week.

Vaeafe said yesterday from Fiji that the local delegation arrived in Nadi on Tuesday (Monday-American Samoa time) and was met at the Nadi International Airport by the current Miss Pacific Islands, Annie Dunne.

“Miss American Samoa has been settling in, going to the gym each day with Eleitino, practicing and preparing mentally for the competition,” Vaeafe said via email from Nadi, adding that the local delegation has already toured the pageant venue.

Vaeafe is the board member for American Samoa on the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant board of directors, which will hold a meeting in Fiji during pageant week. The Visitors Bureau holds the American Samoa franchise for the Samoa government-owned Miss Pacific Islands Pageant — formerly known as the Miss South Pacific Pageant.

Good luck Miss American Samoa, Matauaina Toomalatai.