The city of Honolulu says negotiations to bring the Miss Universe Pageant to Hawaii have fallen apart, in part because of concerns contest organizers had about the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.
The city was contacted back in May about possibly hosting the pageant, which is scheduled for November.
It agreed to allow the pageant to use the arena for two weeks and the concert hall for one week.
However, pageant organizers say the arena’s structural capacity for suspending overhead equipment above the stage area was insufficient for the show’s needs, and therefore Honolulu would no longer be considered as a site for the pageant.
The city contends that weight capacity in the arena was not a limiting factor for shows like Bruno Mars, Janet Jackson, and Mariah Carey.
This year marks 20 years since Hawaii’s own Brook Lee was crowned Miss Universe. She provided arguably one of the pageant’s most memorial moments when she answered the question: “If there were no rules in your life for one day and you could be outrageous, what would you do?”
Lee’s answer without hesitation: “I would eat everything in the world. You do not understand. I will eat everything twice.”
Courtesy of KHON 2 Honolulu