Waimea royalty shines in the rain

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Waimea High School Homecoming Queen Chyna Kanoelani Rose Fernandez is escorted by her father, Ira Fernandez, during the homecoming celebration Friday during the intermission of the Kauai Interscholastic Federation football game between Kapaa an Waimea at Hanapepe Stadium.

HANAPEPE — The misting rains that punctuated the Kauai Interscholastic Federation football games were not unfavorable to the Waimea High School homecoming court Friday during the gridiron matchup with Kapaa at Hanapepe Stadium, where a bunch of white convertibles quietly waited below the scoreboard.

Water from the rains represented the element favored by the Menehune Homecoming Queen Chyna Kanoelani Rose Fernandez, and her father, Ira Fernandez, who said water is one of the most usable elements.

Joining Chyna on the Menehune homcoming honor court, Kaela Tsuchiya also favors water “because you can’t live in KekaHOT without ice water.” Tsuchiya is Miss Football.

Isabella Bateman, one of the pillars in the middle of the Menehune girls’ volleyball team, also looks favorably on water, because “Bella” likes adventuring to the different beaches around the island. She is Miss Menehune.

The Miss Victory honor belongs to Zyana Kealohapauole Vea, who also likes water because her family grew up “right across from the beach,” and Miss School Spirit Leiana Kimie Ku‘uleilani Apo said she also likes water because she enjoys going to the beach, swimming and chasing sunsets after school with her dog Keahi.

Tehani Makala‘e Togioka, a Menehune outside hitter on the volleyball team, donned the sash and crown of the Class of 2020 attendant on the court.

She was joined by Larissa Kami‘inani Amy Rose Kobayashi, one of the anchor sharpshooters on the Menehune girls’ air-riflery team, as the representative of the Class of 2021.

Isley Keilana Yu Ling Ulanday bore the badges of office for the Class of 2022, and Maeani Pumehana Arbilera is the attendant for the Class of 2023.

“The homecoming theme of ‘Elements’ is celebrated because we are surrounded by four classical elements within our environment — earth, air, fire, and water,” said event announcers Cameron O’Day and Rhona Lei Batacan.

“Each element possesses its own qualities and has its own unique potential to be amazing. Working simultaneously, these elements have the ability to create life,” they said.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.


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