31 August, 2009

Fijian girl wins 2009 Fiji Hibiscus Pageant

Merewalesi Nailatikau (see above photos from http://www.fijilive.com/), a 24-year old Psychology Degree holder, won the 2009 Fiji Hibiscus Festival crown beating 19 other contestants in the feat. In a change from previous years, the final judging of the contestants was done on stage on the final night, Saturday, 29 August 2009, prior to the announcement of the winner. The top five contestants who were chosen drom the week's round of engagements and judging who were then taken through the final round of questions included :
  • Miss Supreme Fuel/Heart Foundation Sulueti Waqa,
  • Miss Sky Pacific Abigail Young,
  • Miss Suva City Council Sera Fatafehi,
  • Miss Kidney Foundation Nehal Kapadia, and
  • Miss Fiji National Provident Fund Merewalesi Nailatikau.

Abigail Young was first runner up, followed by Sera Fatafehi who was third.

Nailatikau will represent Fiji in the 2009 South Pacific beauty pageant to be at Albert Park, Suva, Fiji, in November 2009.

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