Miss Hawaii USA

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss America, see Miss Hawaii.
Brook Lee, Miss Hawaii USA 1997, Miss USA 1997 and Miss Universe 1997
Kelly Hu, Miss Hawaii USA 1993 and Miss Teen USA 1985, at a public event

The Miss Hawaii USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Hawaiʻi in the Miss USA pageant.

Hawaiʻi is the most recent state to start competing at Miss USA, as it first competed in 1962. Prior to this delegates were sent to Miss Universe. Despite the late start, it has been one of the most successful: Hawaiʻi's first Miss USA, Macel Wilson, came the first year the state competed. There have been four Miss USA winners from Hawaiʻi, one of three states with four titles (only second to Texas and California). Although there have been many Miss USA winners and semifinalists, relatively few women from Hawaiʻi have placed as runners-up. Two of them previously competed at Miss Teen USA. Kelly Hu, Miss Teen USA 1985,[1] became the first Miss Teen USA winner to win a Miss title, in 1993.

Many Miss Hawaii USA titleholders competed at a number of international pageants. Similar to Miss South Carolina USA, there was one Miss Hawaii USA that competed at Miss World. Another one competed at Miss International. Four of the winners competed at Miss Universe, after winning Miss USA. Out of six titleholders who represented the United States or Hawaii at major international pageants, only one won an international crown: Miss Hawaii USA 1997, Brook Lee who won the title of Miss USA 1997 and also captured the crown of Miss Universe 1997,[2] one of only seven Miss USA winners to become Miss Universe in the history of the pageant.


The current titleholder is Moani Hara of Manoa.

Results summary[edit]

Placements[edit]

  • Miss USA: Macel Wilson (1962), Tanya Wilson (1972), Judi Andersen (1978), Brook Mahealani Lee (1997)
  • Second runners-up: Blanche Maa (1979)
  • Fourth runners-up: Teri Ann Linn (1981)
  • Top 6: Kelly Hu (1993)
  • Top 8: Angela Byrd (2011)
  • Top 10: Tina Machado (1985), Alicia Michioka (2003), Chanel Wise (2007)
  • Top 11: Toni Costa (1986), Kym Digman (1991)
  • Top 12: Lois Wise (1975), Cely De Castro (1977), Vanessa Dubois (1982), Nadine Tanega (1994)
  • Top 15: Elithe Aguiar (1965), Judith Wolski (1966), Carol Seymour (1968), Stephanie Quintana (1969)

Awards[edit]

Winners[edit]

Leimomi Bacalso, Miss Hawaii USA 1990 in the 1989 Mililani Town Christmas Parade
Teri Ann Linn, Miss Hawaii USA 1981, at her Punahou School reunion in June 2009
Year Name Hometown Age[notes 1] Placement at Miss USA Special awards at Miss USA Notes
2014 Moani Hara Manoa 24 Previously Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen 2007
2013 Brianna Acosta[3] Waialua 21
2012 Brandie Cazimero[4] Hawaii Kai 26
2011 Angela Byrd Honolulu 22 Top 8 finalist Fashion Model
2010 Renee Mokihana Nobriga Pupukea 25
2009 Aureana Tseu Born in Philippines
Mililani
25 Previously Miss Hawaii Teen USA 1999
2008 Jonelle Layfield Kane'ohe 22 Sister of Ashley Layfield, Miss Hawaii 2007
2007 Chanel Wise Honolulu 21 Top 10 finalist
(8th place)
2006 Radasha Ho'ohuli Nanakuli 26 Represented Hawaiʻi at Miss World 2001
2005 Jennifer Fairbank Honolulu 25
2004 Justine Michioka Kapaa 22 Sister of Alicia Michioka, back-to-back winners from the same family.
2003 Alicia Michioka Kapaa 24 Top 10 finalist Later Mrs. Hawaii America 2010 under her married name, Alicia Michioka-Jones.[5]
2002 Juliet Lighter Honolulu 26
2001 Christy Leonard Lahaina 22
2000 Michelle Kaplan Kona 23 Miss Congeniality
1999 Trini-Ann Kaopuiki Honolulu 26 Previously Miss Hawaii Teen USA 1991
1998 Tiffini Hercules Kailua
1997 Leslie-Ann Lum Honolulu 26 did not compete Succeeded Brook Lee as Miss Hawaii USA 1997 when Lee was crowned Miss USA 1997. Previously Miss Hawaii Teen USA 1987
Brook Mahealani Lee Pearl City 26 Miss USA 1997[2] Miss Universe 1997
1996 Ku'ualoha Taylor Hilo 25 Miss Congeniality
1995 Lynn Vesnefski Honolulu Style award
1994 Nadine Atangan Tanega Honolulu 26 Top 12 semifinalist, Finishing in 12th Place Represented Hawaiʻi at the 1990 Miss International pageant, placing 2nd runner up. She was also 3rd runner-up at Miss 1992 World America
1993 Kelly Hu Honolulu 24 Top 6 finalist[1]
(4th place)
Miss Photogenic[1] Actress, previously Miss Hawaii Teen USA 1985 and Miss Teen USA 1985
1992 Heather Hays Honolulu Currently a newscaster at the Fox affiliate in Dallas (KDFW)
1991 Kym Lehua Digmon Honolulu 25 Top 11 semifinalist
(9th place)
1990 Leimomi Bacalso Ewa Beach
1989 Julie Larson Honolulu 21 Mrs. Hawaii America 1991, Miss Guam Hawaiian Tropic Int'l 1990
1988 Paula Prevost Honolulu
1987 Deborah Laslo Haleiwa
1986 Toni Costa Kailua 20 Top 11 Top 12 Miss USA in Florida, 1985 Miss United States Hawaiian Tropic, 1983 Miss Miller High Life, 3-Time Star Search Champion 1987 (overthrew Theresa Ring/Semi-finalist), Principal in Bob Marley Video "Waiting In Vain", 1988 Co-host Eye On LA, Crowned Miss Hawaii USA twice; 1985 as first runner up when Tina Machado was stripped from her crown due to an age ruling.
1985 Tina Machado Waipahu 25 Top 10 semifinalist
(8th place)
1984 Puna Stillman Honolulu
1983 Zoe Ann Roach Waipahu
1982 Vanessa DuBois Honolulu 23 Top 12 semifinalist
(8th place)
1981 Teri Ann Linn[6] Honolulu 20 4th runner-up Actress, starred in The Bold and the Beautiful.
1980 Carol Ching Kaneohe
1979 Blanche Leialoha Maa Kaneohe 20 2nd runner-up
1978 Judi Andersen Honolulu 20 Miss USA 1978 1st runner-up at Miss Universe 1978[7]
1977 Cely De Castro Honolulu 23 Top 12 semifinalist, Finishing in 9th Place
1976 Brenda Texeira Hilo
1975 Lois Mililani Wise Honolulu 21 Top 12 semifinalist, Finishing in 7th Place
1974 Joan Ottensmeyer[8][notes 2] Kaneohe
1973 Camille Deubel Kaneohe
1972 Tanya Wilson Honolulu 21 Miss USA 1972 Top 12 semifinalist at Miss Universe 1972[9]
1971 Deborah Gibson Honolulu
1970 Donna Hartley Honolulu
1969 Stephanie Quintana Honolulu 22 Top 15 semifinalist, Finishing in 10th Place
1968 Carol Ann Seymour Waianae 24 Top 15 semifinalist, Finishing in 10th Place
1967 Nancy Victoria Banks Honolulu
1966 Judith Anne Wolski Honolulu 18 Top 15 semifinalist, Finished in 8th Place
1965 Elithe Aguiar Kapaa, Kauai 20 Top 15 semifinalist, Finished in 8th Place
1964 Wanda Byrd 18
1963 Susan Molina Honolulu Semifinalist in Miss World USA 1963
1962 Macel Wilson Honolulu 19 Miss USA 1962[10] Top 15 semifinalist at Miss Universe 1962
1961 did not compete
1960 Gordean Lee withdrew
1959 Patricia Visser Honolulu competed as a territory at Miss Universe
1958 Geri Hoo* Honolulu 18 2nd runner-up at Miss Universe 1958
1957 Ramona Tong Honolulu
1956 did not compete
1955
1954
1953 Aileen Lauwae Stone Honolulu competed as a territory at Miss Universe
1952 Elza Kananionapua Edsman Honolulu 19 1st runner-up at Miss Universe 1952
Notes to table
  1. ^ Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
  2. ^ Agnes Lum was initially crowned, but later disqualified for being under the age requirements. Cf. Ottensmeyer v. Baskin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hawaiian girl crowned as Miss Teen". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. January 23, 1985. Retrieved 4 November 2010. "Kelly Ann Hu of Hawaii was crowned Miss Teen USA 1985 on Tuesday night in Miami and won $100,000 worth of prizes that go with the title."  "Michigan crowned Miss USA". The Wichita Eagle. February 20, 1993. Retrieved 4 November 2010. "The other three were Miss Hawaii, Kelly Hu; Miss Pennsylvania, Kimmarie Johnson; and Miss New Jersey, Amy Fissel. Also earlier, Hawaii's Kelly Hu was named most photogenic." 
  2. ^ a b "Miss USA is crowned the new Miss Universe". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. May 17, 1997. Retrieved 4 November 2010. "Brook Lee, a 26-year-old from Pearl City, Hawaii, was chosen from among 74 delegates."  "Also noted...". San Jose Mercury News. February 6, 1997. Retrieved 4 November 2010. "Miss Hawaii, Brook Lee, was crowned the new Miss USA on Wednesday night. Miss Idaho, Brandi Sherwood, was the first runner-up." 
  3. ^ "Brianna Acosta Crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2013". Beauty Pageant News. January 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Miss Hawaii USA 2012 Brandie Cazimero - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL Home - Honolulu
  5. ^ "Kapa‘a native crowned 2010 Mrs. Hawai‘i". The Garden Island. August 5, 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "TV People". Newsday. Jul 31, 1988. Retrieved 4 November 2010. "The actress was voted fourth runner-up." 
  7. ^ "Miss South Africa Wins Title". Los Angeles Times. July 25, 1978. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Ottensmeyer v. Baskin". FindACase. Retrieved July 2012.  (Appeals case April 2, 1981)
  9. ^ "Miss Australia Named As 1972 Miss Universe". New York Times. July 30, 1972. Retrieved 4 November 2010. "Miss United States, Tanya Wilson, 21, of Honolulu, had been among the 12 semifinalists selected earlier tonight." 
  10. ^ "Miss USA is beauty from Hawaii". Chicago Tribune. July 13, 1962. Retrieved 4 November 2010. "Tears of joy stream down the cheeks of Macel Wilson, Miss Hawaii, as she is crowned Miss USA in a beauty pageant in Miami Beach." 

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