Jeanné Kapela

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Jeanné Kapela
Born1994/1995 (age 24–25)
EducationKapiolani Community College
TitleMiss Kona Coffee 2014
Miss Kaka'ako 2015
Miss Hawaii 2015
Beauty pageant titleholder
Major
competition(s)
Miss America 2016
Websitehttp://www.jeannekapela.com/

Jeanné Kapela is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, who was crowned Miss Hawaii 2015. She competed for the Miss America 2016 title in September 2015.

Pageant career[edit]

In November 2013, Kapela won the Miss Kona Coffee title then competed in the 2014 Miss Hawaii pageant.[1][2][3] She performed a lyrical dance during the talent competition and her platform was "Support Our Students: Empowering Hawaii's Youth to Achieve Their Dreams".[1] Kapela was named was second runner-up for the state title.[4][5][6]

In October 2014, Kapela was crowned Miss Kaka'ako 2015 which made her eligible to compete at the 2015 Miss Hawaii pageant.[6][7][8] Entering the state pageant in May 2015 as one of 29 finalists, Kapela's preliminary competition talent was a lyrical dance routine to "My Heart Will Go On" as performed by Tioni Tam Sing.[6][9] She won both the talent and swimsuit portions of the competition.[5][6] Her platform, "Sex Trafficking: #ItEndsWithUs" is a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking.[9] Kapela is the executive director of the non-profit organization UNITE! dedicated to preventing human trafficking.[2]

Kapela won the statewide competition on Saturday, May 30, 2015, when she received her crown from outgoing Miss Hawaii titleholder Stephanie Steuri.[6] Kapela dedicated her victory to the memory of her grandmother.[2][6] Kapela earned more than $30,000 in scholarship money and a new automobile from Cutter Ford for winning the state pageant.[5] As Miss Hawaii, her activities include public appearances across the state.

Vying for Miss America 2016[edit]

Kapela was Hawaii's representative at the Miss America 2016 pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September 2015.[9][10] In the televised finale on September 13, 2015, she placed outside the Top 15 semi-finalists and was eliminated from competition. She was awarded a $3,000 scholarship prize as her state's representative.[11][12] In addition, Kapela was awarded a $2,000 scholarship for her selection as Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants.[13]

Early life and education[edit]

Kapela is a native of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.[8] Her father is Clifford Gaspar and her mother is Keahi Kapela.[5][8] She was raised by her maternal grandmother, Barbara Kapela.[2]

Kapela is a 2012 graduate of Konawaena High School in Kealakekua, Hawaii.[14] She is a student at Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State Contestants: Hawaii - 2014". Miss America. 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kona contestant named Miss Hawaii". West Hawaii Today. Kailua-Kona, HI: Black Press. June 3, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Past Title Holders". Kona District, HI: Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Berger, John (June 8, 2014). "Steuri crowned Miss Hawaii 2014". Honolulu Pulse. Honolulu, HI: Black Press. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e Stanton, Karin (May 30, 2015). "Miss Hawaii 2015: Jeanne Kapela". Hawaii 24/7. Hawaii Island: Baron Sekiya. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Berger, John (May 30, 2015). "Kapela crowned Miss Hawaii 2015". Honolulu Pulse. Honolulu, HI: Black Press. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "Jeanné Kapela - Miss Kaka'ako". Miss Hawaii. Retrieved June 13, 2015 – via Oceanic Time Warner Cable.
  8. ^ a b c Genegabus, Jason (May 30, 2015). "Kapela crowned Miss Hawaii 2015". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Honolulu, HI: Black Press. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Miss Hawaii 2015 Ms. Jeanné Kapela". Hawaii News Now. Honolulu, HI: Raycom Media. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  10. ^ "Miss Kakaako Jeanne Kapela crowned Miss Hawaii 2015". Honolulu, HI: KHON-TV. May 30, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
  11. ^ "Miss America Show Scholarships 2016". Miss America. Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  12. ^ "The 2016 Miss America Competition Scholarships & Awards" (Press release). Miss America. September 16, 2015. Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  13. ^ "Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, Crowned Miss America 2016" (Press release). Miss America. September 13, 2015. Archived from the original on September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  14. ^ "Kapela is newly-crowned Miss Hawaii". Honolulu, HI: KITV. June 3, 2015. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Stephanie Steuri
Miss Hawaii
2015
Succeeded by
Allison Chu