HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There’s a new narcissus queen in town, and her name is Tiana Wong.
Wong was crowned as the Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s 70th Narcissus Queen Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Hawaii Theatre.
Every year, young women compete for the crown and the chance to represent the Chinese culture and community through the talent, interview, speech and cheongsam (Chinese formal wear) categories.
Wong is currently enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she is working to earn her undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and dance. With her strong passion for dance, Wong also was a member of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Dance Team.
Her bigger aspirations include attending the John A. Burns School of Medicine to pursue a career serving the community as an emergency room doctor with the ability to integrate naturopathic medicine.
She was among 11 girls competing for the crown. Wong wowed the judges with a vocal and dance number in the talent portion of the evening, taking home the best in talent award.
Fellow contestants also voted Wong as Miss Congeniality.
“The Narcissus Queen and her court of four princesses are awarded scholarships and prizes. They also will represent the local Chinese community and the state of Hawaii through the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, serving as ambassadors of aloha in 2019, the Year of the Pig,” organizers said.
The four other ladies selected to be on the Queen’s Court will travel alongside Wong and the Chinese Chamber President in a Goodwill Tour to China in the next year. There they will learn more about the Chinese culture and reconnect with their roots.
Wong’s court is made up of First Princess Jennifer Wong, Second Princess Melody Lai, Third Princess Deanna Choy and Fourth Princess Caroline Kodama.
The women will be honored in a coronation ball on Jan. 26 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. For more information, click here.
The court will also greet the public at upcoming Chinese New Year Celebrations in Chinatown on Feb. 1 and 2. This year, Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 5.