The island of Savai’i has laid out the red carpet for the contestants of the 2018 Miss Samoa Pageant.
The nine contestants travelled to the big island on Monday on Samoa Shipping Corporation-owned vessel Lady Samoa III and were met on arrival, before they were invited to a welcoming ceremony where an ava exchange ceremony took place to mark their arrival.
Miss Susana o Samoa, Sonia Piva, said they were speechless at sight of the beautiful welcoming ceremony that the people had put on for them.
“The girls were crying, weeping tears of happiness and overwhelmed of what they have seen from the exit of the ferry to the places where they are currently staying."
‘‘We feel so special and how the people are treating us here and it’s making us do our very best for them."
Prior to the arrival of the contestants, communities in Savai’i were seen putting up decorations and cleaning the area in preparation for their arrival.
“With everything they are preparing for the Miss Samoa Pageant, the Savai’i people are working together to make this pageant a memorable occasion, not just for the contestants, but for them and the people watching this,” said a villager on the island.
The contestants were introduced to the families hosting them for the four-days duration of the program, were eager to be taken home.
“We can’t wait to meet our beautiful miss. We have been working so hard these past few days. But seeing this is actually happening is taking all the exhaustion away and fill us with so much joy and amusement,” said one of the host of the contestants.
A faletua, who was also there to receive a contestant, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to be part of this special event, and this is another to showcase to not only Samoa but people watching this that we can do this if we work together as one.”
The nine contestants are being accommodated by the following church groups: Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) Saleaula - Dolores Cassandra Satiu Cufi (Miss Salimu Fagaloa), C.C.C.S. Sasina - Lanuola Giselle Tuiletufuga Price (Miss Samoa Melbourne), C.C.C.S. Sapapalii - Norah Lio Setu Aloianai (Miss Samoa Victoria), C.C.C.S. Samalaeulu - Levalasi Vivian Su’a (Miss Le Naumati Creations), C.C.C.S. Lalomalava - Georgina Mulipola (Miss CCK), C.C.C.S. Iva - Erin Noelani Taefu (Miss Samoa Australia), C.C.C.S. Lefagaoalii - Christie Retalila Temareti (Miss Samoa New South Wales), Methodist Salelologa - Sonia Piva (Miss Susana o Samoa), and C.C.C.S.Tafua tai - Cecilia Tufuga-Fatu (Miss Samoa New Zealand).