Society of Seven shares stage in Miss Kauai Filipina contest

This year, there are more members of the Society of Seven than there are contestants in the 48th Annual Miss Kauai Filipina Pageant.

Nevertheless, both the musicians and the contestants will grace the stage of the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. with the pageant.

The Society of Seven concert follows.

Presenting the pageant are members of the Kauai Filipino Community Council and Kauai Centennial Committee commemorating the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Filipino immigrants to Hawai‘i.

Natasha R. Arakaki, a senior at Kaua‘i High School and the daughter of Blanche (Villeza) and Bill Arakaki of Wailua Homesteads, is a training mentor at Jamba Juice Hawaii, and plans to attend the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, to major in elementary education.

She is a multi-sport participant, has won statewide awards, and is listed in “Who’s Who Among High School Students.”

She is active in the Future Farmers of America, student government, and peer-education programs at Kaua‘i High School.

Her mother’s roots are in Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte, and her talent presentation is a traditional Filipino dance. She was born in Honolulu.

Ashley Josefina Pilialoha Naka‘ahiki is 22, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and Kaua‘i Community College, lives in ‘Ele‘ele, and is a student pursuing a degree in architecture or another construction field.

She is the daughter of Oriente (Antolin) Naka‘ahiki and the late Garrick Naka‘ahiki, and her mother’s roots are in Bangui, Ilocos Norte.

She was active in cheerleading and the performing arts while at Kamehameha.

Naka‘ahiki enjoys all kinds of dancing, singing, teaching, spending time with friends and family, and taking care of her great-grandmother. Her talent presentation is an interpretive dance.

Savannah G. Tomacder, 17, is a senior at Kaua‘i High School and the daughter of Juni and Maria (Giron) Tomacder of Lihu‘e.

She was born on Kaua‘i, and is a cashier at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Lihu‘e.

She is played volleyball and is in the Key Club, and received a basic modeling course certificate. She enjoys baby-sitting, weightlifting, and hanging out with her friends.

Her talent presentation is hula, and her ambition is to become an airline specialist, or pursue a career in business or accounting.

Her mother’s roots are in Luna, Launion, and her father’s roots are in Tabuyoc, Pangasinan.

Tickets are $25 per person, and are available from the contestants, Ashley Naka‘ahiki, Savannah Tomacder and Natasha Arakaki, and from pageant committee members.

Tickets are also available at Miura Store and Nina Tax Services in Kapa‘a; Tropic East in the Aloha Center, Nawiliwili; Dr. Antolin Apalla in Lihu‘e; Eye Candy in Kukui Grove Center; and Kauai Care Center (Liza Trinidad) and Wranglers Steakhouse in Waimea.

Chairman Adams Bulosan (635-8054) and co-chair Domie Bucasas (651-4472) also have tickets and more information.

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