Pageant Update

Congratulations to Miss Alabama USA 2023 Sophie Burzynski and Miss Alabama Teen USA 2023 Kensey Collins.  Check out the 2023 Alabama results.

Miss USA & Teen USA archives, former Teen crossover history and much more coming soon...

Miss profiles 2020-2022 complete • Teen profiles 2020-2022 and all profiles 2010-2019 coming soon

Miss Hawaii USA and Teen USA Titleholder History

Your ultimate Miss USA state pageant resource

Miss Hawaii USA history is unique, as Hawaii competed at Miss Universe prior to statehood - much to the chagrin of the first Miss Hawaii USA Elsa Edsman (as you can read in the news clipping below). Their first entrant at Miss USA, Macel Wilson, won the 1962 title. Hawaii is home to Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee, two more Miss USA winners, and two Miss Teen USAs, including actress Kelly Hu. Despite the concentration of winners from Oahu, the local system established in Hawaii in recent years has lead to a resurgence of winners from other islands, including the 2023 winners Savannah Gankiewicz and Noelani DeNisi who are the first duo both from Maui. Delve into the archives with old pageant photos, news clippings, a collection of Miss USA and Teen USA competition photos and more.

Miss Hawaii USA 2023 Noelani DeNisi with current and former titleholders • Brice Kurihara
Miss Hawaii USA 2022 Malulani Paiste and Miss Hawaii USA 2023 Noelani DeNisi • Brice Kurihara

View more states

Miss USA and Miss Teen USA titleholders from Hawaii

MISS UNIVERSE 1995

Brook
Lee

26 • Pearl City

USA’s sixth Miss Universe

MISS USA 1962

Macel
Wilson

19 • Honolulu

Semi-finalist
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 1972

Hawaii USA winner icon new 2
Tanya
Wilson

22 • Honolulu

Semi-finalist
at Miss Universe

MISS USA 1978

Hawaii USA winner icon new 3
Judi
Andersen

20 • Honolulu

1st runner-up
at Miss Universe

MISS TEEN USA 1985

Kelly
Hu

16 • Honolulu

 

MISS TEEN USA 2020

Kiʻilani Arruda

18 • Kapaa

 

Miss Hawaii USA titleholders 1952-2023

Recent titleholders

2019
Hawaii USA icon 2019
Lacie Choy

20 • Honolulu

Top 15
at Miss USA

2020
Hawaii USA icon 2020
Samantha Neyland

24 • Honolulu

Top 10
at Miss USA

2021
Hawaii USA icon 2021
Allie Chu

26 • Honolulu

 
 

2022
Hawaii USA icon 2022
Kiana Yamat

27 • Honolulu

 
 

2023
Hawaii USA icon 2023
Savannah Gankiewicz

27 • Kihei

 
 

Full Titleholder Listing

Hawaii representatives at Miss USA

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Savannah GankiewiczKihei27
2022Kiana YamatHonolulu27
2021Allie Chu^Honolulu26Previously Miss HI 2016; sister of Miss HI USA 2018
2020Samantha Neyland*Honolulu24Top 10Previously Miss HI Teen USA 2013 (SF Miss Teen USA)
2019Lacie ChoyHonolulu20Top 15
2018Julianne Chu*Honolulu26Previously Miss HI Teen USA 2010; sister of Miss HI USA 2020
2017Julie KuoHonolulu23
2016Chelsea HardinHonolulu241st runner-up
2015Emma Wo*Honolulu25Top 11Previously Miss HI Teen USA 2008
2014Moani Hara°Honolulu24Previously Miss HI's OT 2007
2013Brianna AcostaWaialua21
2012Brandie CazimeroHawaii Kai26
2011Angela ByrdHonolulu23Top 8
2010Renee NobrigaHaleiwa26
2009Aureana Tseu*Mililani25Previously Miss HI Teen USA 1999
2008Jonelle LayfieldKane'ohe22
2007Chanel WiseHonolulu21Top 10
2006Radasha Ho'ohuliNanakuli26
2005Jennifer FairbankHonolulu25
2004Justine MichiokaKapaa22Sister of Miss HI USA 2003
2003Alicia MichiokaKapaa24Semi-finalistSister of Miss HI USA 2004
2002Juliet LighterHonolulu26
2001Christy LeonardLahaina22
2000Michelle KaplanKona23Congeniality
1999Trini-Ann Kaopuiki*Honolulu26Previously Miss HI Teen USA 1991
1998Tiffini HerculesKailua23
1997Leslie-Ann Lum*Honolulu26Succeeded Brook Lee as Miss HI USA; previously Miss HI Teen USA 1987
1997BROOK LEEPearl City26MISS USA & MISS UNIVERSE
1996Ku'ualoha TaylorHilo25Congeniality
1995Lynn VesnefskiHonoluluStyle
1994Nadine TanegaHonolulu26Semi-finalist
1993Kelly Hu*Honolulu24Top 6PhotogenicPreviously Miss HI Teen USA & Miss Teen USA 1985
1992Heather HaysHonolulu
1991Kym DigmonHonolulu25Semi-finalist
1990Leimomi BacalsoEwa Beach
1989Julie LarsonHonolulu21
1988Paula PrevostHonolulu
1987Deborah LasloHaleiwa
1986Toni CostaKailua20Semi-finalistAs Tina Machado's first runner-up, was briefly Miss Hawaii USA 1985
1985Tina MachadoWaipahu25Semi-finalistBriefly dthroned for bing overage; regained title after a $5 million lawsuit
1984Puna StillmanHonolulu
1983Zoe Ann RoachWaipahu
1982Vanessa DuBoisHonolulu25Semi-finalist
1981Teri Ann LinnHonolulu214th runner-up
1980Carol ChingKaneohe
1979Blanche Leialoha MaaKaneohe202nd runner-up
1978JUDI ANDERSENHonolulu20MISS USA1RU Miss Universe 1978
1977Celita De CastroHonolulu23Semi-finalist
1976Brenda TexeiraHilo
1975Lois Mililani WiseHonolulu21Semi-finalist
1974Joan OttensmeyerKaneoheSucceeded Agnes Lum as Miss HI USA 1974
1974Agnes LumDisqualified prior to Miss USA as she was 3 days underage
1973Camille DeubelKaneohe
1972TANYA WILSONHonolulu21MISS USASF Miss Universe 1972
1971Deborah GibsonHonolulu
1970Donna HartleyHonolulu
1969Stephanie QuintanaHonolulu22Semi-finalist
1968Carol Ann SeymourWaianae24Semi-finalist
1967Nancy BanksHonolulu
1966Judith WolskiHonolulu18Semi-finalist
1965Elithe AguiarKapaa
1964Wanda ByrdHonolulu18
1963Susan MolinaHonolulu
1962MACEL WILSONHonolulu19MISS USASF Miss Universe 1962

Hawaii representatives at Miss Universe

YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
1959Patricia VisserHonolulu21
1958Geri HooHonolulu182nd runner-up
1957Ramona TongHonolulu19
1956
1955
1954
1953Aileen Lauwae StoneHonolulu20
1952Elza Kananionapua EdsmanHonolulu19

Hawaii representatives at Miss USA

YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Savannah GankiewiczKihei27
2022Kiana YamatHonolulu27
2021Allie Chu^Honolulu26Previously Miss HI 2016; sister of Miss HI USA 2018
2020Samantha Neyland*Honolulu24Top 10Previously Miss HI Teen USA 2013 (SF Miss Teen USA)
2019Lacie ChoyHonolulu20Top 15
2018Julianne Chu*Honolulu26Previously Miss HI Teen USA 2010; sister of Miss HI USA 2020
2017Julie KuoHonolulu23
2016Chelsea HardinHonolulu241st runner-up
2015Emma Wo*Honolulu25Top 11Previously Miss HI Teen USA 2008
2014Moani Hara°Honolulu24Previously Miss HI's OT 2007
2013Brianna AcostaWaialua21
2012Brandie CazimeroHawaii Kai26
2011Angela ByrdHonolulu23Top 8
2010Renee NobrigaHaleiwa26
2009Aureana Tseu*Mililani25Previously Miss HI Teen USA 1999
2008Jonelle LayfieldKane'ohe22
2007Chanel WiseHonolulu21Top 10
2006Radasha Ho'ohuliNanakuli26
2005Jennifer FairbankHonolulu25
2004Justine MichiokaKapaa22Sister of Miss HI USA 2003
2003Alicia MichiokaKapaa24Semi-finalistSister of Miss HI USA 2004
2002Juliet LighterHonolulu26
2001Christy LeonardLahaina22
2000Michelle KaplanKona23Congeniality
1999Trini-Ann Kaopuiki*Honolulu26Previously Miss HI Teen USA 1991
1998Tiffini HerculesKailua23
1997Leslie-Ann Lum*Honolulu26Succeeded Brook Lee as Miss HI USA; previously Miss HI Teen USA 1987
1997BROOK LEEPearl City26MISS USA & MISS UNIVERSE
1996Ku'ualoha TaylorHilo25Congeniality
1995Lynn VesnefskiHonoluluStyle
1994Nadine TanegaHonolulu26Semi-finalist
1993Kelly Hu*Honolulu24Top 6PhotogenicPreviously Miss HI Teen USA & Miss Teen USA 1985
1992Heather HaysHonolulu
1991Kym DigmonHonolulu25Semi-finalist
1990Leimomi BacalsoEwa Beach
1989Julie LarsonHonolulu21
1988Paula PrevostHonolulu
1987Deborah LasloHaleiwa
1986Toni CostaKailua20Semi-finalistAs Tina Machado's first runner-up, was briefly Miss Hawaii USA 1985
1985Tina MachadoWaipahu25Semi-finalistBriefly dthroned for bing overage; regained title after a $5 million lawsuit
1984Puna StillmanHonolulu
1983Zoe Ann RoachWaipahu
1982Vanessa DuBoisHonolulu25Semi-finalist
1981Teri Ann LinnHonolulu214th runner-up
1980Carol ChingKaneohe
1979Blanche Leialoha MaaKaneohe202nd runner-up
1978JUDI ANDERSENHonolulu20MISS USA1RU Miss Universe 1978
1977Celita De CastroHonolulu23Semi-finalist
1976Brenda TexeiraHilo
1975Lois Mililani WiseHonolulu21Semi-finalist
1974Joan OttensmeyerKaneoheSucceeded Agnes Lum as Miss HI USA 1974
1974Agnes LumDisqualified prior to Miss USA as she was 3 days underage
1973Camille DeubelKaneohe
1972TANYA WILSONHonolulu21MISS USASF Miss Universe 1972
1971Deborah GibsonHonolulu
1970Donna HartleyHonolulu
1969Stephanie QuintanaHonolulu22Semi-finalist
1968Carol Ann SeymourWaianae24Semi-finalist
1967Nancy BanksHonolulu
1966Judith WolskiHonolulu18Semi-finalist
1965Elithe AguiarKapaa
1964Wanda ByrdHonolulu18
1963Susan MolinaHonolulu
1962MACEL WILSONHonolulu19MISS USASF Miss Universe 1962

Hawaii representatives at Miss Universe

YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
1959Patricia VisserHonolulu21
1958Geri HooHonolulu182nd runner-up
1957Ramona TongHonolulu19
1956
1955
1954
1953Aileen Lauwae StoneHonolulu20
1952Elza Kananionapua EdsmanHonolulu19

State and Miss USA Photo Album

Miss Hawaii Teen USA titleholders 1983-2023

Recent Titleholders

2019
Hawaii Teen USA icon 2019
Leimakamae Freitas

18 • Kailua-Kona

 
 

2020
Hawaii Teen USA icon 2020
Ki'ilani Arruda

18 • Kapaa

Winner of
Miss Teen USA 2020

2021
Hawaii Teen USA icon 2021
Tia Bustamante

19 • Kaneohe

 
 

2022
Hawaii Teen USA icon 2022
Malulani Paiste

19 • Mililani

Semi-finalist
at Miss Teen USA

2023
Hawaii Teen USA icon 2023
Noelani DiNisi

18 • Wailuku

 
 

Full titleholder listing

IMAGEYEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Noelani DeNisiWailuku18
2022Malulani PaisteMililani19Semi-finalist
2021Tia BustamanteKaneohe19
2020Ki'ilani ArrudaKapaʻa18MISS TEEN USA
2019Leimakamae FreitasKailua-Kona18
2018Kylyn RapozaHilo18
2017Lauren TeruyaHonolulu19Later Miss HI 2021; sister of Miss HI Teen USA 2012
2016Joahnnalee UcolKahului16
2015Kyla HeeHonolulu18
2014Mariah GoslingHonolulu18
2013Samantha Neyland*Honolulu17Semi-finalistLater Miss HI USA 2020 (T10 Miss USA)
2012Kathryn TeruyaKahala16Semi-finalistLater Miss HI 2017; sister of Miss HI Teen USA 2017
2011Courtney ColemanMoanalua17Photogenic
2010Julianne Chu*Kahala18Later Miss HI USA 2018
2009Ashley MoserHawai'i Kai17Congeniality
2008Emma Wo*Honolulu18Later Miss HI USA 2015 (T11 Miss USA)
2007Serena KarnagyHonolulu16Top 15
2006Hannah ThomasHonolulu17
2005Melissa BenzHonolulu18
2004Sonya BalmoresKalaheo181st runner-up
2003Camille PeraroHonolulu17Top 10
2002Erin MaddenKailua17Sister of Miss HI Teen USA 2000
2001Alana Paulo-TamashiroHonolulu16
2000Lauren MaddenKailua18Sister of Miss HI Teen USA 2002
1999Aureana Tseu*Mililani15
1998Toby Pohaikealoha CarterMililani17
1997Mahana WaltersPupukea172nd runner-up
1996Monica IveyMililani17
1995Sara Kirby
1994Emily HuffSister of Miss NV USA 2003 Ashley Huff
1993Juliana Maili KaulukukuiHonolulu18Top 6Congeniality
1992Cameo DeCosta
1991Trini-Ann Kaopuiki*Later Miss HI USA 1999
1990Sunny Kana'iaupuni
1989Paulette Dean
1988Michelle Wong
1987Leslie-Ann Lum*Later succeeded Brook Lee as Miss HI USA 1997
1986Donovan CanonSucceeded Michelle Hardin as Miss HI Teen USA 1986
1986Michelle HardinResigned for personal reasons in September 1986
1985KELLY HU*Honolulu16MISS TEEN USALater Miss HI USA 1993 (T6 Miss USA)
1984Malia YamamuraHonolulu161st runner-up
1983Erika Matich
YEARNAMEHOMETOWNAGEPLACEMENTAWARDNOTES
2023Noelani DeNisiWailuku18
2022Malulani PaisteMililani19Semi-finalist
2021Tia BustamanteKaneohe19
2020Ki'ilani ArrudaKapaʻa18MISS TEEN USA
2019Leimakamae FreitasKailua-Kona18
2018Kylyn RapozaHilo18
2017Lauren TeruyaHonolulu19Later Miss HI 2021; sister of Miss HI Teen USA 2012
2016Joahnnalee UcolKahului16
2015Kyla HeeHonolulu18
2014Mariah GoslingHonolulu18
2013Samantha Neyland*Honolulu17Semi-finalistLater Miss HI USA 2020 (T10 Miss USA)
2012Kathryn TeruyaKahala16Semi-finalistLater Miss HI 2017; sister of Miss HI Teen USA 2017
2011Courtney ColemanMoanalua17Photogenic
2010Julianne Chu*Kahala18Later Miss HI USA 2018
2009Ashley MoserHawai'i Kai17Congeniality
2008Emma Wo*Honolulu18Later Miss HI USA 2015 (T11 Miss USA)
2007Serena KarnagyHonolulu16Top 15
2006Hannah ThomasHonolulu17
2005Melissa BenzHonolulu18
2004Sonya BalmoresKalaheo181st runner-up
2003Camille PeraroHonolulu17Top 10
2002Erin MaddenKailua17Sister of Miss HI Teen USA 2000
2001Alana Paulo-TamashiroHonolulu16
2000Lauren MaddenKailua18Sister of Miss HI Teen USA 2002
1999Aureana Tseu*Mililani15
1998Toby Pohaikealoha CarterMililani17
1997Mahana WaltersPupukea172nd runner-up
1996Monica IveyMililani17
1995Sara Kirby
1994Emily HuffSister of Miss NV USA 2003 Ashley Huff
1993Juliana Maili KaulukukuiHonolulu18Top 6Congeniality
1992Cameo DeCosta
1991Trini-Ann Kaopuiki*Later Miss HI USA 1999
1990Sunny Kana'iaupuni
1989Paulette Dean
1988Michelle Wong
1987Leslie-Ann Lum*Later succeeded Brook Lee as Miss HI USA 1997
1986Donovan CanonSucceeded Michelle Hardin as Miss HI Teen USA 1986
1986Michelle HardinResigned for personal reasons in September 1986
1985KELLY HU*Honolulu16MISS TEEN USALater Miss HI USA 1993 (T6 Miss USA)
1984Malia YamamuraHonolulu161st runner-up
1983Erika Matich

State and Miss Teen USA Photo Album

Titleholder reunions

Wedding photos