Miss Samoa encourages the youth “to put the Lord first”


Haylani Pearl Kuruppu, the reigning Miss Samoa, encouraged hundreds of young men and young women at a youth conference devotional this month – to put the Lord first.

Miss Kuruppu spoke at the Apia Samoa Central Stake Youth Conference just two days after she finished first runner-up in the 2023 Miss Pacific islands Pageant.

Born and raised in Australia, was candid in sharing the trials faced as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – and as Miss Samoa, the country’s ambassador to the world.

An athlete through and through, Miss Kuruppu never pictured herself as a beauty queen.

Miss Kuruppu was crowned in September of 2022 at Gym 1 in Tuanaimato. According to a press statement released, in a partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.), youth members conducted a service project at the Malololelei Bio-Diversity Reserve in support of the government’s drive to plant one million trees to combat climate change.

The purpose of the service project was to have youth make a positive contribution to the community and society.

Youth members played volleyball and had fun at a back-to-school dance.