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The Miss Hawaii competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Hawaii in the Miss America pageant, and the name of the title held by that winner. Hawaii first competed at Miss America in 1948 and has twice won the Miss America title, in 1992 and 2001.

Miss Hawaii
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss America
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Nicole Holbrook of Laie was crowned Miss Hawaii 2019 on June 15, 2019 at Hawaii Theater in Honolulu, Hawaii. She will compete for the title of Miss America 2020.

Gallery of past titleholdersEdit

Results summaryEdit

The year in parentheses indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Miss Americas: Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (1992), Angela Perez Baraquio (2001)
  • 1st runners-up: Kanoelani Gibson (2004)
  • 2nd runners-up: Susan D. Pickering (1964), Jalee Fuselier (2011)
  • 3rd runners-up: N/A
  • 4th runners-up: Patricia Lei Anderson (1963)
  • Top 7: Raeceen Anuenue Woolford (2010)
  • Top 10: Beverly Kathleen Rivera (1953), Barbara Mamo Vieira (1956), Jere Wright (1957), Joan Whitney Vine (1962), Leina'ala Ann Teruya (1965), Sheryl Hung Lan Lokelani Akaka (1970), Debbie Nakanelua (1985), Desiree Moana Cruz (1989), Kanoe Aberegg (1994), Melissa Ann Short (1997), Erika Kauffman (1998), Pilialoha Gaison (2007), Nicole Fox (2009)
  • Top 15: Bee Jay Johnston (1949)


Preliminary awardsEdit

Non-finalist awardsEdit

  • Non-finalist Talent: Gertrude Kapi'olani Miller (1955), Aurora Joan Ka'awa (1972), Jeanne Miyamoto (1986), Cheryl Bartlett (1987), Cheryl Akemi Toma (1991), Jennifer Hera (1999), Lauren Cheape (2012), Penelope Ng Pack (2019)

Other awardsEdit

  • Miss Congeniality: Yun Tau Zane (1948), Dell-Fin Kala’upaona Po’aha (1951), Claire Katherine Heen (1952), Barbara Mamo Vieira (1956), Gordean Leilehua Lee (1960), Kanoelehua Kaumeheiwa (1974), Coline-Helen Kaualoku Aiu (1975) (tie), Malika Dudley (2006), Raeceen Anuenue Woolford (2010), Jeanné Kapela (2015)
  • Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Miracle Maker Award: Lauren Cheape (2012)
  • Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship: Ligaya Stice (1990)
  • Quality of Life Award Finalists: Nicole Fox (2009), Lauren Cheape (2012)
  • STEM Scholarship Finalists: Allison Chu (2017)
  • Women in Business Scholarship Award Winners: Penelope Ng Pack (2019)


  •      Declared as winner
  •      Ended as a runner-up
  •      Ended as a finalist or semi-finalist
Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2019 Nicole Holbrook[1] Laie 20 Miss Central O’ahu Piano, "Concerto in A Minor" TBD TBD
2018 Penelope Ng Pack[2] Honolulu 23 Miss Chinatown Hawaii Vocal, "They Just Keep Moving the Line" from Smash Non-finalist Talent Award

Women in Business Scholarship Award[3]
2017 Kathryn Teruya[4] 21 Miss Kaka'ako Dance, "I Want to be a Rockette" Previously Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2012[5]
Winner of the Miss Teen USA Fan Vote, earning her a spot in the Top 16[6]

Sister of Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2017, Lauren Teruya[5]
2016 Allison Chu[7][8] Kahala 22 Miss Aloha Latina Operatic vocal, "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi STEM Scholarship Finalist[9] Sister of 2010 Miss Hawaii Teen USA, Julianne Chu[7]
2015 Jeanné Kapela[10] Kailua-Kona 20 Miss Kaka’ako Contemporary Dance, "Flashlight" by Jessie J Miss Congeniality
2014 Stephanie Steuri[11] Kalaheo 20 Miss Paradise Kauai Hula, "The Prayer"
2013 Crystal Lee[12] Waipahu 22 Miss Chinatown Hawaii Contemporary Dance, "Halo"
2012 Skyler Kamaka[13] Kaneohe 21 Miss Diamond Head Hula
2011 Lauren Cheape[14] Mililani 23 Miss East Oahu Jump Rope Routine, "Theme from Hawaii Five-O" CMN Miracle Makers' Award

Non-finalist Talent Award

Preliminary Talent Award

Quality of Life Award Finalist
Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010

Incumbent State Representative for 45th District in the Hawaii State House of Representatives[15]
2010 Jalee Fuselier[16] Haleiwa 22 Miss North Shore Vocal, "Feeling Good" 2nd runner-up[17] Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award Previously Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen 2005[18]
2009 Raeceen Woolford Pearl City 24 Miss Ko Olina Hula, "Ka'ena" Top 7 Miss Congeniality
2008 Nicole Fox Honolulu 23 Miss Island O'ahu Tahitian Otea Dance Top 10 Quality of Life Award Finalist
2007 Ashley Layfield Kailua 21 Miss Kahala Jazz Dance, "Listen" Sister of Miss Hawaii USA 2008, Jonelle Layfield

2nd runner-up in Miss New York USA 2012 and 2013 pageants[19]
2006 Pilialoha Gaison Kaneohe 23 Miss Island Ilima Tahitian Dance, "Te Vaka" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award
2005 Malika Dudley Papaikou 23 Miss Kahala Vocal, "It's in His Kiss" Miss Congeniality
2004 Sabrian Olena Rubin Kilauea 23 Miss West O’ahu Vocal, "Do You Wanna Dance?" Contestant (1999) & Top 10 (2003) at National Sweetheart pageants[citation needed]
2003 Kanoelani Gibson Kapolei 22 Miss Diamond Head Vocal, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" 1st runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
2002 Kehaulani Christian Pearl City 23 Miss VIP Tahitian Dance
2001 Denby Dung Honolulu 23 Miss West O’ahu Soprano Saxophone, "G-Bop"
2000 Billie Kiyoka Takaki 23 Miss Diamond Head
Assumed title after Baraquio was named Miss America 2001
Angela Perez Baraquio Honolulu 24 Miss Leeward Hula, "Come Follow Me, I Am Hawaii" by Cathy Foy[20] Winner Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award First Asian American Miss America
1999 Candes Meijide Gentry Honolulu 22 Miss Oahu Vocal, "A New Life" from Jekyll & Hyde
1998 Jennifer Hera Lanai City 21 Miss Hawaii Pacific University Vocal, "Someone Like You" from Jekyll & Hyde Non-finalist Talent Award
1997 Erika Kauffman Kailua-Kona 18 Miss Hawaii Island Vocal, "God Help the Outcasts" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame Top 10 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
1996 Melissa Ann Short Ka'a'awa 23 Miss Hawaii Pacific University Classical Vocal, "Ah! Je Veux Vivre" from Romeo & Juliet Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award

Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
1995 Traci Toguchi Honolulu 20 Miss Ala Moana Vocal, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Top 10 at National Sweetheart 1993 pageant[citation needed]

2nd runner-up at National Sweetheart 1994 pageant[citation needed]
1994 Courtney Nicolle Glaza Kaneohe 22 Miss Honolulu Classical Piano
1993 Kanoe Aberegg Honolulu 24 Miss Oahu Chant & Hula, "Aloha ʻOe" Top 10
1992 Pamela Kimura Honolulu 24 Miss Waikiki Vocal, "Orange Colored Sky"
1991 Lani Stone Miss Diamond Head Assumed the crown after Sapp was named Miss America 1992
Carolyn Suzanne Sapp Honolulu 24 Miss Hawaii Pacific University Vocal, "Ain't Misbehavin'" Winner Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award Previously National Sweetheart 1990
1990 Cheryl Akemi Toma Pearl City 26 Miss Diamond Head Piano / Vocal, Gershwin medley Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Ligaya Stice Kaneohe 22 Miss Kahala Vocal/Jazz Dance, "Quiet Please, There's a Lady On Stage" Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
1988 Desiree Moana Cruz Hilo 26 Miss Maui Vocal, "I Am Changing" Top 10
1987 Luana Alapa Honolulu 26 Miss Island International Vocal, "South Sea Sadie" Mother of Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2015, Kyla Hee
1986 Cheryl Bartlett 23 Miss Kaneohe Vocal, "America the Beautiful" Non-finalist Talent Award
1985 Jeanne Miyamoto 25 Miss Kalihi Vocal / Piano, "Bali Ha'i" Non-finalist Talent Award
1984 Debbie Nakanelua Honolulu 26 Miss Diamond Head Stylized Hula, "Hawaiian Hula Eyes" Top 10
1983 Wendy Sue Nelson Kihei 21 Miss Maui Vocal, "Hit Me With a Hot Note And Watch Me Bounce" from Sophisticated Ladies
1982 Gale Lee Thomas Honolulu 21 Miss Squire Baton Twirling, "Theme from Magnum P.I." & "Hawaiian War Chant"
1981 Pamela Iwalani Offer 23 Miss Ala Moana Americana Vocal, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" Mother of Miss Arizona 2010, Kathryn Bulkley
1980 Kanoelehua Cook[21] Aiea 23 Miss Leeward Interpretive Dance
1979 Sheron Lehuanani Bissen Kahului 20 Miss Maui Vocal, "Over the Rainbow"
1978 Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey Laie 22 Miss Waikiki Silhouette Interpretive Dance & Monologue
1977 Libby Kawaikikilani Lee Aiea 18 Miss Kalihi Hawaiian Dance & Nose Flute, "A Hamakua Au"
1976 Haunani Asing Kailua 18 Miss Kailua Guitar & Vocal, "Hawaiian Lullaby"
1975 Cathy Foy Aiea 22 Miss Hawaii Kai Vocal / Dance, "Look What Happened To Mabel" from Mack & Mabel During the Miss America 2001 pageant, Angela Perez Baraquio danced hula to Foy's vocal recording of "Come Follow Me, I Am Hawaii"[20]
1974 Coline-Helen Kanaloku Aiu Honolulu 23 Modern Jazz Dance, "Hospital Shootout" Miss Congeniality (tie)
1973 Kanoelehua Kaumeheiwa Hawaii Kai 19 Hula Miss Congeniality
1972 Marlene Diane Kehaulani Kalahiki Kailua-Kona 22 Miss West Kauai Modern Jazz Dance, "Shotgun"
1971 Aurora Joan Ka'awa Makakilo City 19 Miss Aloha Hawaii Silhouette Hula Dance & Speech, "In the Islands" Non-finalist Talent Award
1970 Kathleen Puanani O'Sullivan Kailua 18 Miss Kailua Modern Dance, "Ritual Fire Dance" Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
1969 Sheryl Hung Lan Lokelani Akaka Honolulu 22 Miss Waikiki Piano, "Prelude in E-flat Major" by Sergei Rachmaninoff Top 10
1968 Deborah Ynez Gima Kailua 18 Miss Lehua Hawaiian Song, "Wonderful World of Aloha" & "Kaneha"
1967 Robin Engel Honolulu 21 Miss Ala Moana Piano, "Scherzo Humoristique: The Cat and the Mouse" by Aaron Copland Sister of Georgia Engel[citation needed]
1966 Lorretta Ann Perreira Kauai 18 Miss West Kauai Pantomime Song & Dance
1965 Roberta Rosaria Conlan Honolulu 18 Miss Honolulu Monologue, "Hawaiian History"
1964 Leina'ala Ann Teruya Honolulu 18 Miss Wai-Kahu Interpretive Monologue "Footprints" from Leaves of a Grass House by Don Blanding Top 10
1963 Susan Pickering Honolulu Miss Honolulu Combination Dance of Can-Can, Jazz & Freestyle Ballet with Art Display 2nd runner-up
1962 Patricia Lei Anderson 19 Classical Vocal, "Un bel dì vedremo" from Madame Butterfly 4th runner-up Preliminary Talent Award
1961 Joan Whitney Vine Honolulu 18 Miss Honolulu Vocal Medley, "Ah! Je Veux Vivre" & "Thou Swell" Top 10
1960 Gabriella Haleakala'I Honolulu 20 Hula
1959 Gordean Leilehua Lee 20 Hula Miss Congeniality
1958 Georgietta Kahalelaukoa Parker Hula
1957 Sandra Lei Lauhiwa Forsythe Hula
1956 Jere Wright Honolulu Comedic Monologue from Gigi Top 10 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
1955 Barbara Mamo Vieira Vocal / Hula, "The Night Is Young" Top 10 Miss Congeniality

Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award
1954 Gertrude Kapi'olani Miller Honolulu Hula Non-finalist Talent Award
1953 Dorothy Leilani Ellis Lihue Hula
1952 Beverly Kathleen Rivera Honolulu Hula Top 10
1951 Claire Katherine Heen Honolulu Hula Miss Congeniality
1950 Dell-Fin Kala’upaona Po’aha Miss Congeniality
1949 Bee Jay Johnston Honolulu Top 15
1948 Yun Tau Zane Honolulu Hula Miss Congeniality First Asian American to compete at Miss America[citation needed]

Became Miss Hawaii after Waiwaiole resigned
Irmgard Waiwaiole
No Hawaii representative at Miss America pageant
No national pageant was held[22]
No Hawaii representative at Miss America pageant[23]
No national pageants were held[22]
No Hawaii representative at Miss America pageant[24][25][26][27][28][29][30]


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