New Miss Heilala to be crowned

Tonga’s annual Miss Heilala Pageant draws to a close Friday night with the crowning of the new Miss Heilala.

Twenty-five young women are vying for the title.

On Thursday, the contestants participated in the float parade through central Nuku’alofa.

Staff from four government ministries, the Reigning Miss Heilala Kalo Funganitao, and the Miss Pacific Islands Leashina Kariha joined the parade.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to cheer the contestants.   

The Miss Heilala programme started on Monday, July 1 with the Formal Interview at Fa’onelua Convention Centre followed by the Miss Heilala Tau’olunga Competition on Tuesday, July 2.

Judging events for the Island Creation and Sarongwear were held on Wednesday.

Contestants showcased their talents at Queen Salote Memorial Hall Thursday night.

The pageant will conclude Friday with the Heilala Ball and Crowning of the new Miss Heilala for 2019-2020.


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