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:
Hawaii Pacific University
Ala Moana Hotel
Dave & Busters
International Market Place
Sonny Carvalho RA
University of Antelope Valley
Island Club & Spa
Miss Hawaii is a preliminary competition to Miss America and Miss America's Teen
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:
What are the phases of competition?
Health & Fitness
Red Carpet Gown
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.
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
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.
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 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.