Dream Girls

NUKOLII — Nialani Green, Daphne Sanchez, Makena Pascua, and Juno Apalla will be garbed in terno on Sept. 16 at Aqua Kauai Beach Resort.

But the quartet will also don costumes designed by Barbara Green, president of the Kauai Filipino Women’s Club, as they assume roles of “Kauai’s Dream Girls” at the 52nd annual Kauai Filipino Women’s Club Terno Ball.

“The entertainment is very unique,” Barbara said. “These four young women all had leading female roles in productions held on Kauai. I spoke with them and they all came together to combine the power of their talent and perform as ‘Kauai’s Dream Girls.’”

Apalla had the leading female role in “Miss Saigon,” Pascua portrayed Mrs. Pott in “Beauty and the Beast,” Sanchez assumed the role of Lily in “Carnival,” and Green, a junior at Kauai High School, portrayed Ellie in “Legally Blonde.”

Barbara also designed and created costumes for the girls to use in their presentation at the gala signature scholarship fundraising event.

Joining the quartet, the Kauai Filipino Women’s Club will also present a presentation on Kali, the traditional Filipino martial arts which is considered an art form and passed down by family members.

“Kali Grandmaster Floral Villabrille and Grandmaster Ben Largusa were the first to systemize this Filipino martial arts so it could be taught to others,” Barbara said.

In addition to the high-powered entertainment, Barbara said there will be the Terno and Barong contest with a prize being presented for the Most Beautiful Terno.

“This year’s prize is very special,” she said.

It is being donated by Grande’s Gems and was created using antique Chinese gaming counters set in 14k gold with the Kauai Filipino Women’s Club’s theme colors using pink termaline gemstones.

It is valued at $2,500.

Barbara said the Terno Ball serves not only as the organization’s signature scholarship fundraising event, it perpetuates and showcases the Filipino culture.

During the school year ending in 2016, the Kauai Filipino Women’s Club presented four $1,000 scholarships — one to each graduating senior of the four schools on Kauai. Recipients included Sheena Juliano of Kauai High School who later went on to earn the Miss Kauai Filipina crown, Athena Abadilla of Waimea High School, Ariana Wilson of Island School and Alyssa Gipolan of Kapaa High School.

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