On behalf of our UTOPIA Washington family, the Board of Directors, Staff, and MIG2023 Steering Committee, we would like to thank all the supporters of the re-emergence of Miss Island Goddess 2023! Months of planning culminated towards a weekend and bonding our community will never forget. And we couldn’t have done it without you!
Fa’afetai tele lava, to ALL our Sponsors:
Universe Sponsor – $10K
Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
International Sponsor – $2,500
Pacific Sponsors – $500+
Asian Counseling Referral Services, Cascadia, Four Points by Sheraton, Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, Magic Cabinet, Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation, Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, and White Center Community Development Association.
Sasha Samuelu, Jamie Ale, Maluali’i Designs, and the Vaina Family
Mahalo nui loa, to our co-hosts, judges, and auditors:
Co-Hosts: Brita Filter and Aleksa Manila
Judges: Afa Ah Loo, Austin Asiata, Tiare Malie Chanel, Colleen Echohawk, and Priya Frank
Auditors: Jada Cuevas Fajardo and Normani Puipui Mauga
Malo ‘aupito, to all our volunteers:
Vinaka vakalevu, to our Winners’ Circle of Miss Island Goddesses in attendance:
Kimmy Giselle, Tanya Rachinee, Marion Marlena, Iyona Black, Ara Yandall, and Beyonce Black St. James
Si Yu’os Ma’åse’, to ALL our siblings who traveled to celebrate with us:
From UTOPIA PDX, UTOPIA Las Vegas, UTOPIA Alaska; all who traveled from California, Hawai’i, Arizona and across the US Continent. Our sisters from American Samoa representing SOFIAS (Society of Fa’afafine in American Samoa), and our lovely sister, Kaleimomi Timoteo, Miss Continental Plus Hawai’i 2022 – thank you ALL for being here.
We are overjoyed with the success of our event and grateful for the gathering of community to share space and celebrate one another. We hope all our guests and families from near and far enjoyed themselves, we are grateful for your continued support and love. Last, but surely not least, we want to send a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our newly crowned Miss Island Goddess 2023, Paris Mae Mackie. We look forward to your reign!
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Our annual Miss Island Goddess Pageant hosts hundreds of people from all around the world who gather under one roof to celebrate our beautiful and diverse community. This night, we get to witness drag pageantry through a cultural lens. Miss Island Goddess gives a platform for not just the Faʻafafine community, but all our queer, trans and gender diverse, communities of color.