By Michelle L. Santos
The first Miss Maui Filipina, Myrna Malaqui, was selected in 1959. The selection of the queen at that time was based on popularity, a format taken from other queen contests in the
Between 1959 and 1969, the pageant was held in plantation communities, such as Puunene. In 1970, the pageant was moved from a
In 1976, Miss Maui Filipina, Angela Moniz, was the first queen to receive a trip to the
Following in the footsteps of the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, the official sponsor of the Miss Hawaii Filipina Scholarship Pageant, Mrs. Pauline Agres introduced the Terno/Speech Phase in 1978, in which the contestants would recite a speech based on the design she chose for her Terno Gown. The Terno/Speech Phase took a new look in the year 2000, in which the contestants were allowed to design her Terno in other colors besides white. The speech was then changed to reflect the theme of the pageant.
In 1978 the Pre-Pageant Interview? was added as a competition phase to the pageant. The contestants were asked questions, based on her biography, current events, and cultural aspects. This is the highest scoring phase in the competition.
Miss Maui Filipina has the honor of representing
Another interesting fact of the pageant is that there have been three instances where a Mother and Daughter have shared the Miss Maui Filipina Title. Jeanette Tapat-1972 and her daughter Elaine Paiva in 1994. Judith Dagdag-1968 and daughter Rowena Dagdag-2000. Agnes Macadangdang-1978 and daughter Celina Hayashi-2009. There have also been numerous Aunt and Niece or cousins who have also won the title.
Former Miss Maui Filipina and Miss Hawaii Filipina Queens also went on to compete in other local pageants and won their respective titles. Miss Maui Filipina 1979 Cherie Saffery became Miss Maui, Miss Maui Filipina 1988 Diane Felipe also became Miss Maui and Miss Hawaii Filipina 2007 Cierra Rauch became Miss Maui 2008 and placed in the top 10 at the Miss Hawaii Pageant. She competed in the 2016 Miss Hawaii USA pageant and placed 2nd runner-Up. Celina Macadangdang Hayashi was crowned Miss Valley Isle 2014 and placed in the top 7 at the Miss Hawaii Pageant. Miss Maui Filipina 2013 Shelly De Leon was crowned Miss Valley Isle in 2016, Jessie Lynn Sagadraca-Miss Maui Filipina 2014 won the title of Miss Valley Isle USA in 2015. Miss Maui Filipina 2015-Casey Salcedo, is Miss Maui 2016.
We are proud to say that the Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant is one of the longest running pageants in
As we celebrate the 59th year of the pageant, we can see that many changes have been made regarding the competition phases, however, the idea or purpose has remained the same, and that is to perpetuate the Filipino culture for years to come.