A native of Honolulu, Samantha Neyland was crowned Miss Hawaii USA on 10 November 2019 and represented Hawaii at the Miss USA 2020 pageant in Memphis, Tennessee. Samantha is a successful model and actress and runs her own pageant coaching business.
Samantha was a Senior at Moanalua High School when she was crowned Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2013 and went on to place in the top 15 at Miss Teen USA. During her reign, she made several appearances and speeches at military community events, hosted “Brown Bags to Stardom” a local cable show dedicated to helping the youth of Hawaii, and volunteered with The American Red Cross, The Hawaiian Humane Society, and other local charities.
Using her teen title to kickstart her career, Samantha now works as a successful model and actress. Most recently, she appeared on an episode of Magnum P.I. and in an international campaign for Maui Jim sunglasses. Her program, Time to Talk Hawaii, was designed to help teens learn how to communicate effectively in social and professional environments.
The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Samantha’s state pageant photos.
Watch snippets of Samantha’s crowning moment and her first interview with Ki’ilani on KHON2.
Lights, camera, action! Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.
There’s nothing better than watching a contestant progress from year to year! Here’s a look back at Samantha’s previous pageant photos, from Miss Hawaii Teen USA, to Miss Teen USA in the Bahamas, to competing in her first Miss pageant in California in 2018.
All beautiful things must come to an end. See Samantha’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Allie Chu as Miss Hawaii USA 2021 in November 2020.
The Hawaii pageant family is especially close and Samantha has regularly hosted either the Teen pageant or both Miss Hawaii Teen USA and Miss Hawaii USA. Here are Samantha’s “after the crown” photos. Photos of the years between her winning Teen and Miss are on her Miss Hawaii Teen USA profile.