THIS year's Hibiscus queen contestants faced a nerve-wracking second public judging on Thursday evening as the tent filled up with eager listeners and encouraging supporters.
First up was Miss Superdrug Pharmacy-Bio Oil Fatafehi Ditoka, who said if she was selected as this year's Hibiscus queen and sent to the Miss South Pacific Pageant, she would take with her the message that Fiji and its Pacific brothers and sisters were more than "just dots on the map".
Dressed in their choice of iTaukei traditional wear for the Bogi ni iTaukei themed-night, the queens answered their questions with confidence and were reciprocated by applause from the crowd.
Another queen, Miss MHCC Temalesi Waqa, when asked about her understanding of environmental sustainable development, explained that although Fiji had not reached the development stages of Australia and New Zealand, it should aspire to, while at the same time consider and minimise the environmental impacts caused by developments.
"It would not be fair to simply disregard the impact development can have on our environment," she said.
Miss Suva City Council Sherine Lata called for issues on sex to be discussed openly by parents in their homes so children were aware.
Miss Weetbix Vilimaina Matai, while responding to questions on human trafficking, said law enforcement agencies must work together to strengthen laws to address this global issue.
Miss Sinopec Natasha Verma said if there was one Pacific leader she would like to meet for a heart to heart discussion, it would be Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama so they could discuss the issue of climate change and how Fiji, like other Pacific Island countries, was vulnerable to it.
Tonight will be the crowning of this year's Miss Hibiscus.