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  • Miss Ka'u Coffee Pageant

    6 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019, Ka'u District Gym
    Ticket price: $10 per person, available from contestants, their families and at the door.

    Miss Ka'u Coffee 2011For more information, contact 808-928-0606 or

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

    Congratulations to Reishalyn Kekoa Jara, our 2018 Miss Ka'u Coffee Queen! 

    Reishalyn, a Junior at Ka‘u High School who loves her family and sports, was crowned on April 21, 2018, by our 2017 Miss Ka‘u Coffee Queen Jami Beck. Reishalyn, 16, won with Tahitian dance in Talent, and also took first in Gown and Miss Photogenic categories. She is the daughter of Regulo Jara and Brenda Kekoa, of Naʻalehu, and sister to Jadelyn, Chaycen, Blaycen, Kamalyn, Jacelyn, and Regulo. 

    First Princess 2018, HelenaThe pageant, directed by Trini Marques, saw Helena K. Nihiplai-Sesson take the title of First Princess. Helena, 16, is also a student at Ka‘u High School and loves singing, playing ʻukulele, and dancing hula. She took first in Career-Interview, second in Talent and Photogenic, and third in Swimsuit and Gown. Her talent was singing and playing ‘ukulele. She is the daughter of Guy Sesson and Sherraine Nihipali-Sesson, of Pahala. Her adoptive parents are Bradford and Jadelyn Moses, of Pahala. She is sister to Asia, Ocean, and Rain.

    Second Princess 2018, KarleeSecond  Princess is Karlee Kaliya Kealaikamaile Fukunaga-Camba, who is also 16. Karlee loves dancing. She took second in Swimsuit, and third in Career-Interview and Gown. Her parents are Keala and Justine Camba, of Pahala. She is sister to Tyren Fukunaga-Camba.

    Sheri Lynn Freitas, 18, took home the title of Third Princess. She is a graduate of Kaʻu High & Pahala Elementary School and currently a student at University of Hawaiʻi-Hilo and excels in sports and business. Sheri took third in Talent and Photogenic. She is the daughter of Rodney and Marlene Freitas, of Pahala. She is sister to Jessica, Michaela, Shaelia, and Ikaika.

    Tahitian Dance, Reishalyn Kekoa JaraAs Miss Kaʻu Coffee, Reishalyn will represent the Kaʻu Coffee industry throughout the year at events in the community and beyond, with those appearances sponsored by the Edmund C. Olson Trust, II.

    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.

    Congratulations to our Junior Miss Ka'u Coffee for 2018, Cristina Nicole Akiko Lokelani Kawewehi!

    Cristina, 12, attends Ka‘u High & Pahala Elementary School. She took first in Career-Interview, Evening Gown, and Photogenic. Cristina is the daughter of Angelica Kawewehi and Bill Lorenzo, of Pahala. She is sister to Kapono, Mia, Keana, and Zachary Kuluwaimaka. 

    First Princess is Jacie Umemoto, 12. She is the daughter of Michael and Valerie Pakale, of Pahala, and sister to Moki. Jacie attends Volcano School of Arts & Sciences.

    Congratulations to our Miss Ka'u Peaberry for 2018, Jaceyln Kaleipua Kekoa Jara!

     Jacelyn, 10, is the daughter of Brenda Kekoa and Regulo Jara, of Naʻalehu, and granddaughter of William "Brada" Kekoa and Lani Kekoa of Kamaoa, Kaʻu. She is sister to Jadelyn, Blaycen, Reishalyn, Kamalyn, Chaycen, and Regulo. She attends Nāʻālehu Elementary School.

    First Princess is Tenielle Jade Ducosin Blanco, 8. She is the daughter of Ted and Donielle Blanco, of Naʻalehu. She is sister to Triton and Teagan-Elis.

    Miss Ka‘u Coffee Flower 2018Congratulations to our Miss Ka'u Coffee Flower for 2018, Telia Aliyana Kauliakau‘i Espejo-Navarro!

    Telia, 6, is the daughter of Elias and Alyssa Navarro, of Naʻalehu. She is sister to Tehani-Mae, Kilinahe, Kanaʻi, and Koaliʻi. Telia attends kindergarten at Naʻalehu Elementary School.
         First Flower is Kysha Kainanimaueonalani Ka‘upu-Manini is First Flower. She is the daughter of Sasha Kaupu and Kai Manini, of Pahala. The three year old attends Naʻalehu Elementary School. 

    Second Flower is Lilianna Marques. She is daughter of Shawn Marques and Kuulei Marques. She is sister to John Michael and attends kindergarten at Pahala Elementary School.

    Congrats to all our participants and mahalo to our 2018 sponsors and volunteers!

    Please visit the site later for our 2019 dates.

    Miss Ka‘u Coffee 2018 with Ed Olson

    Next year, 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. Winners receive scholarships.

    Anyone wanting to volunteer for Miss Ka'u Coffee Pageant for 2019, 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

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

    First and fifth photos by Pamela Taylor, remaining photos by Julia Neal