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June 26, 2017 @ 8:00 am - July 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

The Heilala Festival is an annual event celebrating the King’s birthday through various shows and events. One of the highlights being the Miss Heilala beauty pageant, where by contestants from various places come together to showcase the tradition and unique culture of Tonga through talent, beauty and knowledge.
The Festival is named after Tonga’s national flower, the Heilala, which is the highest in the hierarchy of the Tongan flowers. The Heilala plant is very difficult to propagate and has to be closely nurtured to survive.

The Heilala Festival was first organised in 1980 by the Tonga Visitors Bureau (Ministry of Tourism) to celebrate the birthday of His Late Majesty’s King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV. It has since then become the highlight of the year for Tonga.Former Heilala Contestants


Monday, 26th June                        

Time: 2:00pm                                   Industry Competition: Chef of the Year

Venue: Tanoa (tbc)

Time: 7:00pm                                  Tonga’s Got Talent (Reference: Ruby Ma’afu)

                                                             Venue: Digicel Tonga Square

Register now for your chance to perform and compete at Tonga’s Got Talent. Open to all ages, all talent and singles or groups. Prizes for the best performances. Contact Ruby Ma’afu to register on 7762067.

Tuesday, 27th June

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm          Miss Heilala Orientation Day                                                 

Time: 2:00pm                             Industry Competition: Best Floral Arrangement

                                                     Venue: Tanoa (tbc)

Wednesday, 28th June                    

Time: 2:00pm                           Industry Competition: Best Bartender of the Year

                                                  Venue: Tanoa (tbc)                                                               

Time: 7:00pm                                     Fe’auhi Hiva Kakala (Cultural Singing Competition)

                                                                   Venue: QSMH

Thursday, 29th June                               

Time: 7:00pm                                     Cultural Dance Competition for Schools & Miss Tau’olunga Junior Competition

                                                   Venue: QSMH

Friday, 30th June

Time: 2:00 pm                          Industry Competition: Best Housemaid

                                                  Venue: Tanoa (tbc)

Time: 7:00pm                            Heilala Festival Block party


Saturday, 1st July                Heilala Event                                         

Morning                                               Welcoming Reception                                                           

Sunday, 2nd July                 Heilala event                                  

Time: 10:00am                        Lotu Fakataha for Miss Heilala contestants 

Time: 7:00 pm                         Heilala Festival Choral Evening                                         

Monday, 3rd July                Public Event                                      

Time: 10:00am                       Pre-Pageant Interview

                                                Venue: Loumaile Lodge

                                                 Miss Heilala 1st judging event

Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm                  Commemoration of the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

                                                 Venue: Pangai Lahi

Time: 7:00pm                                  International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development Day &

                                                Final for Miss Tau’olunga

                                                                Venue: Pangai Lahi

Tuesday, 4th July                                

Time: 7:00am-4:00pm               Family Fun Fair

Time: 11:00pm                        Heilala Festival Float

Time: 7:00pm                                  Final Hiva Kakala Singing competition

                                                Venue: QSMH

Wednesday, 5th July                       

Time: 7:00pm                         Miss Heilala Tau’olunga

                                                Miss Heilala 2nd Judging event

Venue: QSMH

Thursday, 6th July                            

Heilala event

Time: 7:00pm                                  Miss Heilala Island/Pageant Night

  • Island creation
  • Talent
  • Sarong wear

                                                Miss Heilala 3rd Judging event

Venue: QSMH

Friday, 07th July                               

Time: 7:00pm                                 Miss Heilala Grand Ball & Prize Giving

                                                Venue: QSMH

Saturday, 08th July                            

Heilala Event

Time: 7:00pm                                 Farewell Reception for Miss Heilala contestants & sponsors

Venue: tbc

Sunday, 09th July

Time: 7:00                                        ONE TONGA

Venue: QSMH



June 26, 2017 @ 8:00 am
July 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Heilala Festival Committee
(676) 24436


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Nukoalofa, Tonga
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