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Kalolaine Funganitao stripped of Miss Heilala 2018-2019 title

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 11/07/2019

The Heilala Festival Committee have decided to remove the title of Miss Heilala 2018-2019 from the winner of the pageant Kalolaine Funganitao, and have now recorded the first runner up – Lupe Vete as the Miss Heilala 2018-2019.

The President of Tonga Tourism – Sosaia Moehau announced this to media in a press conference yesterday afternoon.

Moehau said they had a meeting at 12 noon yesterday where the committee agreed to remove the title of Miss Heilala 2018-2019 from Funganitao, reasoning that she had returned the crown before the crowning of the new Miss Heilala for this year, and secondly because she did not fulfil her duty in crowning the new Miss Heilala 2019-2020.

The committee explained they had tried to contact Funganitao regarding their decision but up to the time of the press conference they had not been able to reach her. However they were able to contact Lupe Vete and the committee announced that she had graciously accepted the title of Miss Heilala 2018-2019, although the reign of that Miss Heilala is now over.

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