Well done, Miss Cook Islands!
I was most privileged to be at the sarong and talent judging evening of the Miss South Pacific contestants on Friday, 26th November, 2010 at the Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby.
After the competition that evening I somehow felt that she was going to take the crown. She seemed to have ticked all the boxes plus she kind of stood out among the other beauties. She had the winning attitude that carried her throughout that evening. So a well-deserved reward, to be crowned the 2010 Miss South Pacific on the Saturday evening – 27th November at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.
Miss Cook Islands really stood out for me. Infact quite a few others who were in the audience agreed that she had the winning aura if you like.
It was such a lovely evening and the audience was I think ‘standing room only’ after about 8.00pm. I was right infront of the lower stage and was really glad I got to the venue about 6.20pm as the programme was scheduled to start at 7.00pm. Well, it was clearly PNG time and the programme got rolling about 8.00pm-ish! Anyway, when the eleven beauties arrived, it was well worth the wait!
There were numerous problems with the microphones and there were long intervals between the announcements by the two PNG co-hosts! There were also long intervals between one contestant leaving and the other entering the stage but that was understandable – having to change from one totally different outfit to another in a short space of time.
I enjoyed the sarong displays. The artistic talent on display was amazing especially the patterns and designs on the sarongs and of course the many ways of using a sarong as we can see on Miss Cook Islands. I liked all of them including the one for Miss Cook Islands. I particularly liked the shell ‘hook’ at the back of her sarong. Amazing what one can do with one piece of fabric – don’t know how many metres long it was.
In fact to be honest, I had a couple of favourites (sarongs) which I’ll include in my next post on the Miss SP quest – but only of the Friday night judging.
The talent segment was also amazing in terms of the range of talents and the costumes displayed by each of the contestants. Here’s one of my best shots of Miss Cook Islands in the talent segment.
She was also quick with the spray can…our own Pacific Picasso…that too was a clever idea. Most people I spoke to on Saturday morning commented positively on her skill at drawing with a spray can…
Then of course at the end of the drawing and the short speech she does something totally different. I called it ‘doing the Pacific pulse’.
Here are a few more photos of Miss Cook Islands on the sarong and talent judging evening which I thought were outstanding out of the many shots I took of her.
I will post some more photos of the competition on that night. I wasn’t able to go to the crowning night as I had a prior commitment for that evening. Anyway, I reckon been able to be at one of the judging evenings was indeed a great opportunity to witness great artistic and cultural moments shared by the bevy of beautiful Pacific Island women.
A friend of mine posted this link on Facebook which am posting here too so others can share the news article with details of the quest and the crowning of Miss Cook Islands as Miss South Pacific 2010. I hope you enjoy the article – Cook Islands snatch Miss South Pacific crown. Tenkyu tru Chris L in London, UK.
As I am wrapping up this post, I couldn’t help humming this Cook Islands song by Pepe and the Rarotongans and is one of my all time Pacific Island favourites. It is an oldie but a goodie nonetheless. It goes something like this, “Kua ingangaro oea koe, my dear land Rarotonga…” (hope that is correct) – it’s been a long time since I last heard it.