Fiji Time: 3:13 AM on Tuesday 1 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Quality and confident men

Dawn Gibson
Sunday, April 20, 2014

KING contestant applicants for this year's Hibiscus Festival were in Suva to audition for a spot in the festival's 2014 competition yesterday.

According to judge and former contestant Fenton Lutunatabua, the talented young men was a positive indication of the festival's growth and the healthy competition to expect at the festival.

"Auditions this year are going really well, we're really excited about the quality of the people coming in for auditions," he said.

"With this year's theme being around climate change, most of them know exactly what climate change is and they basically want to do more things to advocate and raise more awareness around issues relating to climate change.

"A lot of them are not as nervous as the ones last year, so a lot more people are getting more comfortable about speaking in public."

Mr Lutunatabua also observed that contestants were more confident this year.

"This year, definitely a lot more confident men are coming out, which is good and that's an indication as well to the growth of the festival.

"More and more young people are viewing it as the platform that it is, to advocate on particular issues they feel strongly about and they're trying to take advantage of that."

Echoing Mr Lutunatabua's sentiments was Hibiscus Events Group chairman Hirdesh Prasad said he was pleased with the knowledge the young men brought with them given the importance of climate change in the Pacific.

The festival runs from August 15 to 23 this year.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62770.6087
JPY 58.245555.2455
GBP 0.31180.3038
EUR 0.44300.4310
NZD 0.72440.6914
AUD 0.65530.6303
USD 0.47160.4546



Exchange Rate updated on 30th November 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Bomb threat
  2. Terror attack survey ranks Fiji 11th out of 21
  3. Students drown, three dead over the weekend
  4. Police chief refutes report
  5. Fury takes over titles
  6. Expect changes next year, says Kumar
  7. Event a success
  8. Hazelman makes top 16 in dance and costume
  9. Hazelman among top 10 in best Costume, Dances of world category
  10. Police upgrade stations to improve operations

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  3. 8 years for raping man Tuesday (24 Nov)
  4. Bomb threat Monday (30 Nov)
  5. MV Suilven sinks in Suva Harbour Tuesday (24 Nov)
  6. Torture suspects known to police Thursday (26 Nov)
  7. Sex assault claim Thursday (26 Nov)
  8. Sevens hurdle Tuesday (24 Nov)
  9. Father of two sent to prison Wednesday (25 Nov)
  10. Prasad, Reddy at odds Tuesday (24 Nov)