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  • Miss Ka'u Coffee Pageant

    6 p.m., Saturday, TBA, 2020, Ka'u District Gym
    Ticket price: $10 per person, available from contestants, their families and at the door.

    Miss Ka'u Coffee 2019For more information, contact 808-928-0606 or

    Come support the young women of Ka‘u as they present their intelligence, grace and a variety of talents during the Miss Ka‘u Coffee Pageant, held annually.

    Each contestant will display their talents, intelligence and grace in the three main categories: Talent, Speech, and Evening Wear. Contestants will also participate in Miss Popularity, Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic contests. The pageant, directed by Ali'i Hawaiian Hula Hands Coffee grower Trini Marques with Scholarship Chair Julia Neal, joins young women in performance, fashion, poise and knowledge to celebrate the Ka'u Coffee industry. It also raises scholarship money for the young women and girls.

    All contestants must have either been born, have grown up, or now live in Ka'u.

    Tahitian Dance, Reishalyn Kekoa JaraAnyone wanting to volunteer for Miss Ka'u Coffee Pageant for 2020, please call Pageant Director Trini Marques at 808-928-0606 or email To donate for scholarships, call Scholarship Chair Julia Neal at 808-928-9811 or email

    In addition to their crowns and trophies, all contestants received scholarships in varying amounts, with a total of $6,200 in scholarship donations received. Major funders for this year's pageant were Edmund C. Olson, Kaʻu Mahi, Kaʻu Valley Farms, CU Hawaiʻi Federal Credit Union, Punaluʻu Bake Shop, Pacific Quest, Kaʻu Local Products, Sen. Russell Ruderman, Sen. Josh Green, Rep. Richard Creagan, and County Council member Maile David.

    Helena SessonCongratulations to Helena Nihipali Sesson, our 2019 Miss Ka'u Coffee Queen! 

    Helena, a Seinor at Ka‘u High School, was crowned on April 27, 2019. Helena won with a music performance - a song in the Spanish language accompanied by her own ‘ukulele skills - in Talent, and also took first in Interview, Career Outfit, and Miss Photogenic categories. Helena, 17, is the daughter of Guy Sesson and Sherriane Nihipali-Sesson, of Pahala. She took home a $1,500 scholarship from Edmund C. Olson and $400 for winning four categories in the competition, with scholarships provided by Pacific Quest, County Council member Maile David, state House of Representatives members Richard Onishi and Richard Creagan, and state Senator Russell Ruderman.

    Tahitian Dance, Reishalyn Kekoa JaraMiss Kaʻū Coffee First Princess, Bernadette Ladia, a sophomore at Ka‘ū High School, won the Swimsuit and Gown portions and took home a $1,000 scholarship from Kaʻū Mahi and $200 in scholarships from Rep. Richard Onishi. Bernadette, 16, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Aurelio, of Pahala. Upon graduating, she would like to join the military.

    As Miss Kaʻu Coffee, Helena will represent the Kaʻu Coffee industry throughout the year at events in the community and beyond.

    Congratulations to our Miss Ka'u Peaberry for 2019, Liliana Marques!

    Tahitian Dance, Reishalyn Kekoa Jara Lilianna Marques, 6, who performed an original song about coffee picking, was crowned Miss Kaʻū Peaberry Queen. She won the Character Outfit and Photogenic portions. She takes home an $850 scholarship from Punaluʻu Bakeshop and Rep. Richard Onishi, as well as two $90 scholarships from County Council member Maile David and Sen. Russell Ruderman and donors. Lilianna is the daughter of Shawn Marques and Ku‘ilei Marques, of Pahala. In first grade at Pāhala Elementary, she wants to become a graphics artist.

    Tahitian Dance, Reishalyn Kekoa JaraFirst Miss Ka‘u Peaberry Princess Kendall Haddock, 9, won the Talent portion, with a $650 scholarship from CU Hawaiʻi Federal Credit Union and donors, and a $90 scholarship from Rep. Richard Onishi. Kendall is the daughter of James and Erin Haddock, of Kioloka‘a. Attending Nāʻālehu Elementary, she wants to become a science teacher.

    Second Miss Ka‘u Peaberry Princess Helen Miranda, 10, won the Gown portion, with a $350 scholarship from Pacific Quest and a $90 scholarship from Rep. Richard Creagan. Helen is the daughter of Roberto and Maria Miranda, of Kioloka‘a. Attending Pāhala Elementary, she wants to become a lawyer.

    Miss Ka‘u Coffee Flower 2018Congratulations to our Miss Ka'u Coffee Flower for 2019, Kysha Manini Ka‘upu!

    Miss Ka‘u Coffee Flower Kysha Manini Kaʻupu, 4, took home a $500 scholarship from Kaʻū Valley Farms, an $80 scholarship from Sen. Russell Ruderman for Miss Photogenic, plus an $80 scholarship for Character Outfit. Kysha is the daughter of Sasha Ka‘upu and Kai Manini, of Pahala. Not yet in school, she wants to become a cosmetologist.

    First Miss Kaʻū Coffee Flower Princess Adilyn Aetonu, 5, won a $350 scholarship from Big Island Toyota and an $80 scholarship for Evening Gown from Rep. Richard Onishi. Adilyn, 5 years old, was also named Miss Popularity, across all candidates from ages 4 to 17, with a $200 scholarship and the title based on support she received from the community. Adilyn is the daughter of Fresno and Ashley Eder, of Pahala. Pre-K at Pāhala Elementary, she wants to become a fashion designer.

    Congrats to all our participants and mahalo to our 2019 sponsors and volunteers!

    Please visit the site later for our 2020 dates.

    Miss Ka‘u Coffee 2019 with Ed Olson

    Click here for a photo of each of our Miss Ka‘u Coffee Queens, since 2009.

    First, fifth, sixth and eightth photos by Geneveve Fyvie. Third, fourth and seventh photos by Kamalani Kalauhine Salmo. Second photo by by Julia Neal.