Miss Samoa hosts farewell carnival
The outgoing Miss Samoa, Sonia Piva, hosted a farewell carnival on Saturday to celebrate with everyone who supported her throughout her reign.
The Samoa Tourism Authority Cultural Village was filled with food stalls, vendors and well wishers.
Students from Fagalii Primary School, Safata Primary School, University of South Pacific Alafua Campus, National University of Samoa and other local artists held performances.
Ms. Piva said that the event was a chance to say farewell to everyone who made her journey so fulfilling.
“The carnival is a free event to kick off the Teuila Festival but most importantly it was to invite families or the people of Samoa to gather and have some fun, it was my way of giving back to the community,” she said.
“I would like to thank the people of Samoa for their love and support which made it an amazing journey but also a special acknowledgement to Doris Tulifau and the team of Brown Girl Woke because they also assisted with preparations."
The event also featured the first public appearance by nine contestants vying for this year’s Miss Samoa title: Miss Samoa New Zealand, Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu; Miss House of Gold, Tofaga Filifili; Miss Samoa Victoria Incorporated,Tiafau Zahriya Leaoasamoa; Miss Samoa New South Wales, Fetui Tuetue; Miss Arilei Couture, Susan Pale; Miss Samoa Los Angeles, Trinity Robertson-Asuega; Miss Lavashe Couture, Grace Tevaga-Foai; Miss Samoa Melbourne Australia, Latisha Ioane; Miss Samoa Australia, Shecki’nah Hadfield.
The outgoing Miss Samoa also thanked sponsors Bluesky Samoa, Piva’s Boutique and Naydith Events Hirage.