By Matthew Erickson
KAUNAKAKAI — With much anticipation and fanfare, the crowd went crazy as Miss Bubbalicious was crowned with top honors as Molokai’s Queen Diva at the Molokai Ultimate Diva Pageant Saturday night, April 23, at Hotel Molokai.
The crowning marked the return of the crown to Molokai from Maui’s Anastascia Colby-Dezsanero, the 2010 Molokai Queen Diva.
In its third year, contestants of the 2011 Molokai Ultimate Diva Pageant strutted their stuff to a packed house with standing room only. Hosted by Hotel Molokai, the event was again organized and coordinated by Hula Shores Restaurant Assistant Manager Olelo Schonely to great success!
The field of contestants this year was varied and diverse with two contestants from Oahu, one from Maui, and one from Molokai. From Molokai, as apparent by the crowd’s response, was hometown favorite Miss Bubbalicious. From the island of Maui, but Oahu native, was Miss Kylee West Williams. Hailing from Oahu was Miss Diamond Armani, and also currently residing on Oahu, but native to Molokai, was Miss Jaela James-DeReon.
They competed in five divisions; Diva Delicious Wear, Swimsuit, Talent, Evening Gown and were posed an interview question. Between divisions, the crowd was entertained with performances by Maui’s “Girly Show” and the pageant MC, Miss Tiare La Rage.
It is this author’s sentiment that the Molokai Queen Diva 2011 Miss Bubbalicious definitely swept her competition in at least two of the categories: the Diva Delicious Wear and the Talent. Backstage most of the time, I was only able to take in certain segments, but from what I observed, the judges had their decision spot on.
Opening things up as Contestant #1, Miss Bubbalicious took to the stage in her Diva Delicious Wear fashioned in an outfit that looked like something right out of a Lady Gaga music video. The dress was made of various sized pink, clear and white balls and balloons. Armed with a bubble gun, she stunned the audience with an artistic and futuristic presentation.
Then, to seal the deal, for her talent, Miss Bubbalicious stepped atop a satellite stage in full Hawaiian regalia and belted out the mele, song “Hawaii Kamaha`o” by recording artists Na Palapalai. Accentuating her vocal stylings, was a creative play on shadow puppets; there was a hula dancer dancing behind a screen accompanied by multi-colored mood lighting. It was simply breathtaking!
Intimidating, I’m sure, to follow that act, was Miss Diamond Armani. Paying homage to Molokai, and keeping with a cultural theme, she performed a hula to Raiatea Helm’s recording of “Kalama`ula.”
Miss Diamond Armani’s overall performance through the night garnered her first runner up, and the title Molokai’s Princess Diva. Second runner up and the title of Molokai’s Miss Diva went to Miss Kylee West Williams. Rounding out the field as third runner up was Miss Jaela James-DeReon.
It was refreshing to experience such a well run and well attended pageant on Molokai. You have much to be proud of in those that organized, hosted and attended, but most of all in the creativity, ingenuity and effort put forth by your Molokai Queen Diva 2011, Miss Bubbalicious.