Laie’s Miss Tahiti Has Eyes On France

Jessica Goolsby
Wednesday - July 28, 2010
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Miss Tahiti Lucie Michelle Poehere Hutihuti Wilson. Photo from Black Pearl Designs.

It’s only fitting that the 50th Miss Tahiti crown goes to a queen from the 50th state. That’s right: Laie girl and Polynesian Cultural Center dancer Lucie Michelle Poehere Hutihuti Wilson won the title June 25, representing the North Shore community that has nurtured her growth in Tahitian culture since age 7.

Now 21, the self-titled “Kahuku Red Raider for Life” said it required two months of rehearsals and was challenging with her BYU-Hawaii classes and work hours - she has the lead role of “Lani” in PCC’s showcase Ha-Breath of Life and is on PCC’s International Promotion Team in Australia, Japan, South Korea and on the Mainland.

“It was always my dream to become Miss Tahiti,” Wilson said. “It gives me the opportunity to support disadvantaged children in Tahiti, and it also is a great way to share my love of my Tahitian culture. My next project is to improve my knowledge of the Tahitian language and the Tuamotuan dialect.”

Next up is the 2011 Miss France pageant in Caen, France, in December, where she’ll represent French Polynesia.

Wilson has modeled for Black Pearl Designs since 2003, participated in several fashion shows and landed a small speaking part in upcoming Soul Surfer film. Having won the Heiva I Honolulu Overall Vahine Soloist title and competed in many other Tahitian dance contests over the years, she’s proud yet ever-mindful of the losses as well.

“I think the experience of picking myself up after losing something has helped me more than just winning a competition,” she said. “I have a great passion for the ori Tahiti (Tahitian dance) and I am very grateful to my mother who taught me the basic steps.”


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