4 vying for Miss Kauai Filipina

Who will be the next Miss Kauai Filipina?

Four young women, three graduates of Kauai High School and one from Waimea High School, have already started their work toward the crown of Miss Kauai Filipina.

Alyssa Pigao recently received her diploma from Waimea High School, and Taralyn Manzano, Sheena Juliano and Kimberly Yago were featured during the Kauai High School commencement exercises, said Charlmaine Bulosan of the Kauai Filipino Community Council, the pageant’s host.

The 2016 Miss Kauai Filipina scholarship pageant will take place July 2 at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Tickets are available through any of the contestants, or by visiting the pageant’s website at www.misskauaifilipina.com.

Bulosan said the four contestants will be making a public appearance during the Kamehameha Day parade June 11 where they will be joined by the 2015 Miss Kauai Filipina, Marielle Yano.

“This is also a first for the girls,” Bulosan said. “This is the first time we were able to secure vehicles to participate in the Kamehameha Day parade.”

When the 2016 Miss Kauai Filipina is crowned, the queen will not only receive a cash scholarship to help with her post-high school education, she becomes eligible to advance to the Miss Hawaii Filipina pageant, where the queens of each island come together to vie for the state crown.

Topaz Fernandez, the pageant’s contestant coordinator, was selected a state queen in 2011.

Following 56 years of success, the Miss Kauai Filipina Scholarship Pageant has presented more than $100,000 in scholarships to young filipina women on Kauai.

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