Miss Samoa, Haylani Pearl Kuruppu, is ready to host the regional participants of the upcoming Miss Pacific Island pageant to be held here in Samoa from the 29th Jan – 4th Feb 2023.
“What a wonderful way to start this new year alongside my beautiful and strong Pasifika sisters, where together, we will represent strength and unity.”
Miss Kuruppu goes on to quote an appropriate verse from the Bible as a theme of unity as Samoa awaits the contestants of the Miss Pacific.
“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity,” Psalm 133:1
“Faauta o se mea e ina lelei ma matagofie, o uso ae nonofo faatasi..” Salamo 133:1
“I am beyond blessed for this incredible opportunity to represent my people, my culture, my Samoa,” says Ms Kuruppu.
The reigning Miss Samoa entered the national pageant as Miss Melbourne. Crowned in September 2022 in Apia, Ms Haylani Pearl Kuruppu also won the awards for Best Puletasi, Best Talent, and Miss Photogenic.
Miss Pacific Islands is currently held by Miss Samoa, Fonoifafo Mcfarland-Seumanu.
Previously called the Miss South Pacific, the pageant was established in 1987. Since it began, Samoa has won the pageant 7 times with a further two wins by Miss Samoa New Zealand and Miss Samoa Hawaii.
2019 – Miss Fonoifafo Mcfarland-Seumanu
2014 – Miss Latafale Auvaa
2012 – Miss Janine Vicky Tuivaiti
2001 – Miss Manumea Apelu
1998 – Miss Cheri Robinson
1997 – Miss Maryjane McKibben
1996 – Miss Verona Ah Ching
1992 – Miss Julia Toevai, Miss Samoa New Zealand
1988 – Miss Theresa Purcell, Miss Samoa Hawaii