I was so looking forward to the Universal Show Queen Pageant this year, being it was my only get together where all my OaHU’s were in one place at one time. Instead of going to a restaurant for dinner like last year, my OaHU’s all had rooms at the Ala Moana Hotel.
This year we got there early so we could be apart of all the mingling and pre-pageant festivities outside the ballroom of the Hawaii Convention Center. There was so much to look at– I mean straight, gay, questionable, closet, in transition, confused, should be, and so much more. I also ran into an array of people–a former co-worker from the YMCA ( no–she was a straight female with her husband) some fellow Maui residents and even a couple of HU’s. To be honest, that might have been the most fun, coupled with the mingling at intermission. The biggest disappointment was our two tables were separated by a walkway in the middle of the ballroom–so all night the twenty of us played musical chairs so we could socialize and do our own commentary on the show. Overall it wasn’t as fun as last year.
Oh I forgot–I did have a highlight of the evening–my idol Yoshiko Oshiro a former Universal Show Queen made a guest appearance. I’d like to say that I’ve modeled myself after “her.” Boy, is she still beautiful. No pun intended. Would I have rather stayed and gone to the Kapalua Wine & Food Fest? No–but then again, this is why I’m single.