On June 4, 2011 the Miss Hawaii Organization will hold its annual Miss Hawaii Pageant, giving out hundreds of thousands of dollars in in-kind and cash scholarships, many fabulous prizes, and the coveted title of Miss Hawaii 2011. The pageant will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center, and can also be viewed on local television channel OC16.

Miss Hawaii is an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant which will take place in January 2012. Hawaii took home the Miss America title in both 1992 and 2001, and has had many semi-finalists and finalists over the years. Therefore, if you attend the Miss Hawaii pageant this June, there is a good chance that the winner you see on June 4 will do well on the Miss America stage come January.

Miss Hawaii is judged in the same fashion as Miss America, with the contestants competing in five separate categories, each representing a percentage of the overall score: 10-minute private interview (25%), talent (35%), evening gown (20%), lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit (15%), and onstage question (5%). The 10-minute private interview takes place prior to the on-stage portion of the competition, and the remaining four phases of competition occur during the live pageant.

Although only one contestant can take home the state crown, making it to the Miss Hawaii pageant is a tough feat in itself. Each contestant must win a local preliminary competition in order to qualify for the state pageant. These local competitions are judged in the same manner as the state pageant and help prepare the contestants to compete for Miss Hawaii. In past years, over 150 women have competed for just 19 local titles and the 19 respective slots in the state pageant.

Once Miss Hawaii 2011 is chosen, she will immediately begin preparations for the Miss America pageant in January. The Miss Hawaii Organization is a non-profit organization with no paid staff members and no required entry fees for contestants. The Miss America Organization, as a whole, is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women, so by simply purchasing a ticket to a state or local pageant, you are actively supporting the educational advancement of America’s young women.


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