|Ka'u Coffee Festival Queen 2015-2016 Maria Miranda escorted the contenders for the 2016 Miss Ka'u Coffee Pageant court in the Merrie Monarch Parade. Photos by Pageant Director Trini Marques.|
Using their talents, wits and beauty, the contestants for Miss Ka'u Coffee 2016 are 18-year-old Ka'u High School senior Shaira Panganiban Badua, daughter of Mario and Lucia Badua, of Pahala; 17-year-old Ka'u High School student Jami Beck, daughter of James and Sharon Beck, of Na'alehu; 17-year-old University of Hawai'i student Casey Koi, daughter of Corey and Connie Koi, of Pahala; and 22-year-old University of Hawai'i student Rochelle Koi, daughter of Rory Koi, of Na'alehu and Michelle Ortega, of Pahala.
The contestants for Miss Peaberry 2016 are six-year-old Pahala Elementary School Kindergartener Khloe Moses, daughter of Jack and Brenda Moses, of Pahala; eight-year-old Pahala Elementary School student Jazmyn Navarro, daughter of Jonathan and Jennifer Navarro, of Pahala; and nine-year-old Pahala Elementary School student Chazlynn Pua Queja, daughter of Chad Queja and Jerilyn Pua, of Pahala.
"The opening number will be a sizzling dance routine to the Bruno Marks hit song Uptown Funk," says Pageant Director Trini Marques. It features 2015 Miss Ka'u Coffee Queen Maria Miranda with all of the girls.
To make a donation to the Scholarship Fund call Chair Julia Neal 928-9811 or to find out more about the Pageant call Director Trini Marques 928-0606.