Papua New Guinean student crowned Miss Pacific Islands in Tonga

Papua New Guinea’s entrant in this year’s Miss Pacific Islands Leoshina Mercy Kariha was crowned at the Atele Indoor Stadium in Tonga.

The first runner-up was Miss Cook Islands Lydia Simoni. The second runner-up was Miss Samoa Sonia Piva and the third runner-up was Miss Tuvalu, Emelipelesa Panapa.

Kariha, 18, won the  Best Talent, Best Interview, Miss Tourism and Miss Personality.

Leoshina Mercy Kariha was crowned at the Atele Indoor Stadium in Tonga

She is studying a BA in PNG studies at Divine Word University in Madang.

PNG will  host next year’s Miss Pacific Islands pageant.

Tonga was represented by Kalolaine Funganitao.

As Kaniva news reported earlier this year, the 23 year-old was crowned Miss Heilala 2018 in July.

She was also crowned Miss Appraxus Tonga New Zealand.

In the Miss Heilala competition she won four of the five judging categories including island creation, pre-interview, talent, and sarong wear.

The main points

  • Papua New Guinea’s entrant in this year’s Miss Pacific Islands.
  • Leoshina Mercy Kariha was crowned at the Atele Indoor Stadium in Tonga.

For more information 

PNG’s Leoshina Kariha crowned Miss Pacific Islands

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