2019 Hibiscus venue to be discussed: Prasad

2018 Vodafone Hibiscus Queen Jessia Fong, middle, flanked by fourth runner-up Rayshal Nath, first runner-up and Miss Charity Nikhat Khan, second runner-up Simran Nand and third runner-up Lice Yacadra, after the crowning ceremony at the Valelevu grounds last night. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Hibiscus Events Group will be in talks with stakeholders on the venue for the 2019 Hibiscus festival.

Other than that, there is no indication that Nasinu will host the event again.

But for this year, HEGI chairperson Hirdesh Prasad said HEGI had paid the Nasinu Town Council $20,000 for the use of the Valelevu ground.

He said the change in venue did not stop the crowd from coming and supporting the 2018 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival.

Mr Prasad said the public response for this year’s Hibiscus festival was awesome and added that back-to-back festivals had turned out to be a success for the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Events Group.

He said the last time a large crowd had gathered like this was during the Hibiscus festival at Albert Park.

Meanwhile Miss Charity Nikhat Khan and her sponsors Sinopec jointly sponsored by Autocare raised $35,000.

If you missed out on the winners and awards from the week-long festival, here it is:


Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Queen 2018 – Jessica Fong
First runner-up – 1st runner up – Miss Nikhat Khan
Second runner-up – Simran Nand
Third runner-up – Lice Lenora Yacadra
Fourth runner-up – Rayshal Nath


Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus King 2018 – Manasa Navara
First runner-up – 1st runner up – Akini Qauqau
Second runner-up – Mohammed Khan

Vodafone Hibiscus King Manasa Navara (middle) with first runner-up Akini Qauqau and second runner-up Mohammed Khan after the crowning on Saturday night, August 18, 2018. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Other categories

Vodafone Hibiscus Teen Queen 2018 – Olive Vatunilagi
Vodafone Hibiscus Princess – Marythan Wesley
Vodafone Hibiscus Prince – Sitiveni Camaicina
Adi Senikau 2018 – Nicole Naituku

The other awards that have been awarded to the contestants throughout the week are:

Miss Charity 2018 – Nikhat Khan
Best Float – Miss Sinopec Nikhat Khan and Miss Fiji Blind Society (co-sponsored by Autocare) Jessica Fong
Best Research Topic – Miss Suva City Council Simran Nand
Best Traditional Attire – Miss Suva City Council Simran Nand
Best Sarong – Miss Fiji Society for the Blind (sponsored by Autocare) Jessica Fong
Queen Talent Competition winner – Miss Pacifica Tents Rayshal Nath

Special Awards – Queen Category

Miss Internet – Nikhat Khan
Fiji TV Miss People’s Choice – Nikhat Khan
Miss TFL Best Dressed – Nikhat Khan
Fiji TV Miss Personality – Lavenia Vuidreketi
TFL Miss National Tourism Award – Sainiana Sova
Fiji TV Miss Photogenic – Nayome Pauriasi

Special Awards – King Category

Mr Internet – Divesh Chandra
Mr Peoples Choice – Divesh Chandra
Mr Personality – Anthony Naiker
Mr Best Dressed – Divesh Chandra

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