On Friday, December 4th, the annual Lights On Rice Parade was held on Rice Street. This year, four of our troops girls took part in the parade. Aleah and Kaytlen rode on the float with all of their pageant sisters.
Jayda marched with the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle Schools band.
And Britnee rode with her Uncle Randy in the Kauai Police Department’s Bearcat which was decorated as Rudolph the red nose reindeer. She held her phone to the microphone which played Christmas music over the speaker for all the parade go-ers.
We were all at Vidinha Stadium from before 5:15pm which was when the roads were closed and returned back at the stadium once the parade was done, around 8:15pm. A good time was had by all…
On Saturday, November 7th, Aleah Yano and Kaytlen Akau, went to Kauai’s Breath of Life Church in Life to join their pageant sisters in Operation Christmas Child. They spent about 1.75 hours (2 – 3:45pm) learning about the Samaritan’s Purse cause followed by the packing of shoeboxes and writing short letters to go with it. It was a great first-time experience from start to finish.
First, they got an empty shoebox for a girl or a boy with a label on it that specified their age group: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Then they started filling the box with a variety of gifts like small toys, school supplies, personal hygiene products, socks, and a “wow” toy which is like a doll or stuffed animal. Once the boxes were filled to the very top, they got a card and wrote a personal positive, uplifting, prayerful type message to go along with the box in hope that just maybe they might receive a return letter from the child sometime in the future. Once done, they turned the box in, got another and started all over again.
Each box has a shipping cost of $7 in order to get the box from here to there… somewhere around the world… wherever each box is destined to be sent to make it into the hands of a child in need.
National Collection Week is the third week in November. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.
On October 1st, Britnee had her personal interview along with the other delegates in the Miss Hawaii JR High, High School and Collegiate America Pageant.
Then on October 3rd, they all participated in the pageant at the Magic of Polynesia Showroom. Britnee won the Facebook People’s Choice contest for her division.
“I may have not walked away with a crown, however I have walked away with memories that I will cherish forever. I’ve learned so much from the very start of entering this pageant and I gained so many amazing friendships. I am so thankful to everyone who voted for me in the Facebook People’s Choice contest as I did win the award for my division. I’m especially thankful to my two pageant directors – Kristina Lum and Cristy Louden, my wonderful Kauai pageant coach – Kayla Cadavona, my mom, grandma Susan, sisters, Alana, and the rest of my family and friends who supported me from the start because the whole experience would not have been possible without you. I also want to thank my grandma Sharon and Aunty Shereen for coming to support me on pageant day; as well as all our pageant sponsors who helped by providing my pageant sisters and I with opportunities and support throughout our journey. This truly has been an experience I will never forget and I am so grateful to be apart of such an amazing pageant ‘ohana. For now, I’m excited to see what God has in store next for me next!”
Congratulation Britnee!! You did a wonderful job and are just beautiful!!
On August 4th, Britnee visited Wilcox Elementary School as a guest speaker for the 2nd graders. She spoke to them about bullying, shared the B.R.A.V.E. platform, shared her story, read them a book, took photos with them, and had them sign a pledge. Then on August 26th, they received their free books about bullying from her Gift of Aloha Book Drive.
The 2015 Koloa Plantation Days Parade took place this morning – Saturday, July 25th. Jayda Wakilina, the 2015 Petite Miss Hawaiian Royalty, rode on a float with the other Hawaiian Royalty and Na Hoku ‘O Kauai Queens. Jayda began her reign on July 5th and is the 2nd Petite Miss Hawaiian Royalty to be crowned.
Britnee Akau, was crowned the 1st Petite Miss Hawaiian Royalty on July 2, 2014 while Alexis Cacabelos was crowned the 1st Young Miss Hawaiian Royalty. The photo below was taken at the 2014 Koloa Plantation Days Parade.
“Hawaiian Royalty is not just a beauty pageant, it focuses on community service and the overall development of young lades 6 months through 17 years of age. The queens appear in parades and always look beautiful but the also help out in our Kauai Community as well.” For more information on this pageant or to contact Cheryl Perreira, click on this link to view the Hawaiian Royalty Kauai Facebook page.