Paige Maki Nagahama was crowned queen of the 65th Chrysanthemum Festival, which was held Dec. 2 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku, Maui. The annual fundraising event is sponsored by Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans and co-sponsored by the County of Maui.
Nagahama, 17, of Wailuku, is the daughter of Paula Diep and Hank Rapoza. She is a senior at Seabury Hall. Rounding out her court are princesses Jaelynn Nobriga, 17, of Kahului, a senior at Kamehameha Schools Maui and the daughter of James “Jay” Nobriga and Wendy Nobriga; Makaylen Tadeo, 16, a junior at King Kekaulike High School and the daughter of Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo and Ricardo Tadeo Jr.; Kristi Echiverri, 17, of Kahului, a senior at Maui High School and the daughter of Laura and Lucky Echiverri; and Sokha Furumoto, 16, of Hä‘iku, a junior at St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Laurie and Wesley Furumoto.