The fes­ti­val

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Floyd Robin­son, Nas­inu

Is the an­nual Vodafone Hibis­cus Fes­ti­val evolv­ing faster than one has ex­pected since its in­cep­tion in 1956 as the Mother of all Fes­ti­vals and pride of the na­tion?

Pre­vi­ously, the cli­max of the event was the Ms Hibis­cus ti­tle but this has ex­panded to in­clude a Mr Hibis­cus. More re­cently, the Adi Senikau ap­pears to have be­come the lime­light of the fes­ti­val at­tract­ing both lo­cals and over­seas-based Fi­jians. In 2014, Fa­tima Gyl­len­haal Halafini-Kar­dashian from the King­dom of Tonga dis­placed lo­cal con­tes­tants much to their sur­prise. This has re­sulted in an in­creased in­ter­est for Adi Senikau pageants across the Pa­cific.

En­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing tra­di­tional as well as con­tem­po­rary danc­ing will be on dis­play. Stalls will of­fer food, drinks, hand­i­craft and many bar­gains. All in all it is a time to re­flect on 60 years of the Hibis­cus Fes­ti­val. In ad­di­tion, there are 60 more rea­sons to en­joy and cel­e­brate the Vodafone Hibis­cus Fes­ti­val

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