Sending off Miss Hawaii

LIHUE — It will be one last hometown sendoff before the big show.

Miss Hawaii Stephanie Steuri is about to head off to Atlantic City, New Jersey, for the Miss America 2015 pageant Sept. 14, but she wants to visit some familiar Kauai faces before she does.

Just like she did this weekend, when she stopped by the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair. Stephanie plans to return to Kauai one last time Thursday before finally heading east.

“This is actually one of the longer trips I’ve had to Kauai since earning the Miss Hawaii crown,” Stephanie said at the fair Saturday. “I will be back for the Thursday evening get-together.”

The get-together is for anyone who wants to meet the reigning royalty from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Island School’s Frear Hall.

“We want to invite everyone — the entire island — to wish her the best of luck as she competes for the Miss America title,” said Edwin Vea, a coordinator of the Miss Hawaii pageant. “Stephanie is a Kauai girl, graduating from Island School.”

Charlene Steuri, Stephanie’s mother, said a lot of people, including Stephanie’s inline hockey team, and Kumu Hula Leinaala Pavao-Jardin of Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala, have indicated they want to visit their old friend before she takes the national stage, which will be broadcast on ABC.

“I’m ready,” Stephanie said of the pageant. “After putting in all the hard work to get to this point, I’m not nervous. I am a little anxious because I’m representing all of the people of Kauai, and the state.”

For more information, call 635-7377.

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