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Subject: Miss America award winners, Lauren Cheape, Miss America 2001, Miss America 1997, Miss America 2011
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Miss Hawaii

Kanoelani Gibson, Miss Hawaii 2003
Raeceen Woolford, Miss Hawaii 2009
Malika Dudley, Miss Hawaii 2005

The Miss Hawaii competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Hawaii in the Miss America pageant. Hawaii has twice won the Miss America title.


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2014 Stephanie Steuri Kalaheo 20 Miss Paradise Kauai Hula, "The Prayer" Mother competed as Miss Maui at Miss Hawaii 1977.
2013 Crystal Lee Waipahu 22 Miss Chinatown Hawaii Contemporary Dance "Halo" Not to be confused with the Crystal Lee that represented California
2012 Skyler Kamaka Kaneohe 21 Miss Diamond Head Hula
2011 Lauren Cheape[1] Mililani 23 Miss East Oahu Jump Rope Routine "Theme from Hawaii Five-O" Preliminary Talent Award, Non-Finalist Talent Award, CMN Miracle Makers' Award, Quality of Life Award Finalist Contestant at National Sweetheart 2010
2010 Jalee Fuselier Hale'iwa 22 Miss North Shore Vocal "Feeling Good" 2nd Runner-Up Miss America 2011 Preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness Award Previously Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen 2005
2009 Raeceen Anuenue Woolford Pearl City 24 Miss Ko Olina Hula "Ka'ena" Top 7 at Miss America 2010 Miss Congeniality
2008 Nicole Fox Honolulu 23 Miss Island O'ahu Tahitian Otea Dance Top 10 at Miss America 2009 Quality of Life Finalist
2007 Ashley Layfield Kailua 21 Miss Kahala Jazz Dance "Listen" Sister of Miss Hawaii USA 2008
2006 Pilialoha Gaison Kaneohe 23 Miss Island Ilima Tahitian Dance "Te Vaka" Top 10 at Miss America 2007 Preliminary Talent Award
2005 Malika Dudley Papaikou 23 Miss Kahala Vocal "It's In His Kiss" Miss Congeniality
2004 Olena Rubin Kilauea 23 Miss West O’ahu Vocal "Do You Want To Dance?" Contestant (1999) & Top 10 (2003) at National Sweetheart
2003 Kanoelani Gibson Kapolei 22 Miss Diamond Head Vocal "Natural Woman" First Runner-Up at Miss America 2004 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 Honolulu 23 Miss Diamond Head Took over the crown after Angela Perez Baraquio won Miss America 2000
Angela Perez Baraquio Honolulu 24 Miss Leeward Hula "Theme from Mutiny on the Bounty" Winner - Miss America 2001 Preliminary Swimsuit 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 Semi-Finalist at Miss America 1998 Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1996 Melissa Ann Short Ka'a'awa 23 Miss Hawaii Pacific University Classical Vocal "Ah! Je Veux Vivre" from Romeo & Juliet Semi-Finalist at Miss America 1997 Preliminary Talent Award, Preliminary Swimsuit Award also competed in Miss Oregon
1995 Traci Toguchi Honolulu 20 Miss Ala Moana Vocal "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Miss National Sweetheart Pageant 1994 - 2nd Runner Up, Interview Winner, Swimsuit Winner. Miss National Sweetheart Pageant 1993 - Top 10, Swimsuit Winner
1994 Courtney Nicolle Glaza Kaneohe 22 Miss Honolulu Classical Piano
1993 Kanoe Aberegg Honolulu 24 Miss Oahu Chant & Hula "Aloha ʻOe" Semi-Finalist at Miss America 1994
1992 Pamela Kimura Honolulu 24 Miss Waikiki Vocal "Orange Colored Sky"
1991 Lani Stone Miss Diamond Head Assumed the crown after Carolyn Suzanne Sapp won Miss America
Carolyn Suzanne Sapp Honolulu 24 Miss Hawaii Pacific University Vocal "Ain't Misbehavin'" Winner at Miss America 1992 Preliminary Swimsuit Award National Sweetheart 1990 Winner
1990 Cheryl Akemi Toma Pearl City 26 Miss Diamond Head Piano / Vocal "Gershwin Medley" Non-finalist Talent Award
1989 Ligaya Stice Honolulu 22 Miss Kahala Vocal "Quiet Please, There's a Lady On Stage" Allman Medical Scholarship recipient
1988 Desiree Moana Cruz Hilo 26 Miss Maui Vocal "I Am Changing" Semi-Finalist at Miss America 1989
1987 Luana Alapa Honolulu 26 Miss Island International Vocal "South Sea Sadie"
1986 Cheryl Bartlett Honolulu 23 Miss Kaneohe Vocal "America the Beautiful" Non-finalist Talent Award
1985 Jeanne Miyamoto Honolulu 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" Semi-Finalist at Miss America 1985
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 Kalihi Baton Twirling "Theme from Magnum, P.I." & "Hawaiian War Chant"
1981 Pamela Iwalani Offer Honolulu 23 Miss Ala Moana Americana Vocal "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" Mother of Kathryn Bulkley, Miss Arizona 2010.
1980 Kanoelehua Cook 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 Catherine Foy Aiea 22 Miss Hawaii Kai Vocal / Dance "Look What Happened To Mabel" from Mack & Mabel
1974 Coline-Helen Kanaloku Aiu Honolulu 23 Miss Hawaii Kai Modern Jazz Dance "Hospital Shootout" voted Miss Congeniality (tie)
1973 Kanoelehua Kaumeheiwa Hawaii Kai 19 Miss Hawaii Kai Hula voted 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 Swimsuit Award
1969 Sheryl Hung Lan Lokelani Akaka Honolulu 22 Miss Waikiki Piano Solo "Prelude in E-flat Major" Semi-Finalist
1968 Deborah Ynez Gima Kailua 18 Miss Lehua Hawaiian Song "Wonderful World of Aloha" & "Kaneha"
1967 Robin Ruth Engle Honolulu 21 Miss Ala Moana Piano Solo "Scherzo Humoristique: The Cat and the Mouse" by Aaron Copland
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 Semi-Finalist
1963 Susan D. Pickering Honolulu Miss Honolulu Combination Dance of Can-Can, Jazz & Freestyle Ballet with Art Display 2nd Runner-up
1962 Patricia Lei Anderson Honolulu 19 Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" 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" Semi-Finalist
1960 Gabriella Haleakala 'I Honolulu 20 Hula
1959 Gordean Leilehua Lee Honolulu 20 Hula voted Miss Congeniality
1958 Georgietta Kahalelaukoa Parker Honolulu Hula
1957 Sandra Lei Lauhiwa Forsythe Honolulu Hula
1956 Jere Wright Honolulu Comedy Monologue from "Gigi" Semi-Finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1955 Barbara Mamo Vieira Honolulu Vocal / Hula "The Night Is Young" Semi-Finalist Preliminary Swimsuit Award voted Miss Congeniality
1954 Gertrude Kapi'olani Miller Honolulu Hula Non-finalist Talent Award
1953 Dorothy Leilani Ellis Lihue Hula
1952 Beverly Kathleen Rivera Honolulu Hula Semi-Finalist
1951 Claire Katherine Heen Honolulu Hula voted Miss Congeniality
1950 Dell'finn Kalaupaona Poaha Honolulu voted Miss Congeniality
1949 Betty Jane Johnson Honolulu Semi-Finalist
1948 Yun Tau Zane Honolulu Hula voted Miss Congeniality, first Asian-American to compete at Miss America, became Miss Hawaii after the original winner, Irmgard Waiwaiole, resigned due to feeling she would not be able to complete her high school education in time to compete at Miss America.


  1. ^ "Lauren Cheape crowned Miss Hawaii". KHON 2. June 4, 2011. 

External links

  • Miss Hawaii official website
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