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Miss Hawaii Organization

Miss Hawaii (a preliminary competition to Miss America) is a prestigious, non-profit, scholarship and professional development program for women in Hawaii. Ladies in the Miss Hawaii competition range from 18-26 years-old, with an additional Teen division offering opportunities and scholarships to girls age 13-17. Miss America is the largest provider of scholarships for women in the country and was founded in 1921. 

Sought after since in 1948, Miss Hawaii not only provides educational advancements and countless opportunities for candidates, but also empowers young women to pursue their dreams,  educational goals and give back to the community.

Miss Hawaii major partners include:

Hawaiian Airlines

State Farm

Hawaii Pacific University

Ala Moana Hotel

Dave & Busters

International Market Place

Sonny Carvalho RA

University of Antelope Valley

Island Club & Spa

Style Loft



Miss Hawaii is a preliminary competition to Miss America and Miss America's Teen

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What are the requirements?

Candidates must be:


Reside in Hawaii

Or a Full-Time Student in Hawaii

Ages 13-18 (Teen) or 18-28 (Miss)

How do I enter:


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What are the phases of competition?

Miss Hawaii:

Private Interview

Health & Fitness

(Athletic Wear)


Red Carpet Gown

On-Stage Question

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What do I need to provide?

Candidates must provide:  resume

social impact initiative
90sec talent performance

wardrobe for competition

Fee $35 participation fee and applicable registration fees. 

Teen: Ticket and ad sales.

Why enter?

Because you can…

  • Gain valuable experience and develop life skills (e.g. interview skills, public speaking, interpersonal communication, social interaction, etc.)

  • Earn quality scholarship funds for college and graduate school, regardless of whether a title is won

  • Find new interests and discover new opportunities

  • Make lifelong friendships and relationships

  • Learn to set goals, follow them through and exceed your expectations

  • Develop a sense of responsibility for helping others

  • Foster a positive, self-motivated mindset to achieve your goals

  • Receive recognition for your efforts in bettering yourself and your community

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MIss Hawaii Places in the TOP 10 at Miss America

Miss Hawaii 2022, Lauren Teruya competed at the 101st Miss America competition at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and placed in the Top 10. As a finalist the talented musical theatre performer received a total of $8,500 in scholarships from the Miss America Organization. 

So far Lauren has received a total of $22,500 in scholarships from Miss Hawaii and Miss America combined. 

Through her social impact initiative, Lauren has visited with the Department of Education, City Officials, dozens of schools and traveled across the state promoting Arts For All.


Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen Wins Dance Award

 Kylee Amoroso-Kawamoto, Miss Hawaii’s Outstanding Teen 2022, just returned home from Dallas, Texas. The Kaneohe resident competed with 50 other candidates at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen national competition receiving awards and scholarships.


Amoroso-Kawamoto received cash scholarships totaling $1,750, which included the prestigious national recognition of the “Top Dance Talent Award” for her exemplary contemporary dance performance. She was also recognized for fundraising efforts including 2nd Runner-Up for the individual national fundraising scholarship.  The Miss Hawaii’s Outstanding Teen Organization came in 4th overall for its national fundraising efforts. 

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$206 Million

Since 1948, Miss Hawaii has awarded $206 Million in scholarships for women in Hawaii to further their education. This prestigious non-profit is also run entirely by volunteers.

Miss America

Miss Hawaii is often awarded the Miss Congeniality award at Miss America. Meanwhile Miss Hawaii has been crowned Miss America twice - Carolyn Sapp in 1991 and Angela Baraquio in 2000!

Honorary Hostess of the State of Hawaii

In 2004 the State Legislature passed a resolution naming Miss Hawaii the "Official Honorary Hostess of the State of Hawaii," beginning with Miss Hawaii 2004, Olena Rubin.
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