Country: Hawaiian Islands
Name: Kawena Ka-Malamalama-O-Nalani Souza
Occupation: Traffic Management, Hickam Air Force Base
Aloha Kakou! I am so grateful as well as honoured to represent our beautiful islands of Hawaii.
I was born on Oahu and raised on the youngest of our islands, The Big Island (Hawaii). I come from a family of four girls, myself being the 3rd daughter. We were supported by wonderful parents, Dean and Bernadette Souza. I was brought up to be a very well-rounded and adventurous type of person. I lived my life having a strong sense of pride for my culture and its traditions. Growing up I was taught our Hawaiian Dance Hula at a young age and from then on I encouraged myself to learn more about my heritage.
I attended schools on the Big Islands until I decided to move back to Oahu.
There I graduated from Aiea High School, the home of the Na Alii. After I graduated I attended Leeward Community College. Then shortly after, I decided to join the Hawaii Air National Guard (Air Force). Fortunately doors have opened up for me as I took this path for my life. Now I just hope to better myself here on out - return to college, expand my education and obtain a degree.
To me nothing beats being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of our land and sea. I have such a tremendous passion towards our ocean which drew me to my biggest hobby, body-boarding and bodysurfing. I enjoy other outdoor and spontaneous activities. Just as long as I'm out and about, enjoying the sun with the people that are dear to me, then there will be a smile on my face.
I hope the best of luck to all contestants that will be bringing us a piece of their beautiful home to the Miss South Pacific Pageant. I am looking forward to learning more about my fellow Polynesian family. May we all give it our all and share a wonderful experience with one another.
Me ke Aloha Pumehana, a Hui Hou Kakou