How do I become a contestant?

MISS HAWAIʻI ISLAND USA & MISS HAWAIʻI ISLAND TEEN USA are open to all young women who meet the eligibility requirements. You do not need to have previous experience to participate. We invite you to APPLY and start your journey today! We will be in touch with you via email once we receive your application and send you more information on becoming a contestant.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, there is. The entry fee, which is disclosed in our handbook, includes ALL of the following:

  •  Workshops on Interview, Walking, and Image
  •  Make up & Hair Workshop 
  •  Photoshoot for official Headshot
  •  Production Photo & Video Shoots
  •  Opening Number Dress/Outfit
  •  Competition Swimsuit (Miss) / Active Wear (Teen)
  •  Contestant Profile Assistance

What if I am unable to get the required forms and payment in before the deadline?​

Deadlines are very important to us in order to make timely program preparations. However, we realize that unexpected circumstances can arise and that the collection of sponsorship may take longer than expected. Therefore, the extension of due dates is available when needed. If you need an extension, please call or email us. If you are unable to make the extended deadline, you will have to wait to compete next year.

What do I win?

Our titleholders win the opportunity to represent Hawai'i Island at the Miss Hawaiʻi USA & Miss Hawaiʻi Teen USA pageant on Oʻahu, the state preliminary to the national Miss USA/Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA competitions. Each year our prize packages vary and could include scholarships, wardrobe assistance, local business gifts  and numerous other prizes and memories to last a lifetime. Check back as we update our PRIZES page for the current pageant season.

What Organization is Miss Hawai'i Island USA a part of?

We are official recruiters for Miss Hawaiʻi USA and Miss Hawaiʻi Teen USA which are official preliminaries to the national Miss USA & Miss Teen USA and international Miss Universe competitions. The Miss Universe Organization is the largest, most followed and most prestigious pageant system in the world.

How is the competition judged?

Each contestant will be judged in three areas of competition: Interview, Active Wear (Teen) / Swimsuit (Miss) and Evening Gown. Each category is 1/3 of the overall score. You can find more information about each area of competition on The ELIGIBILITY page.

Is there a talent portion of the competition?

While many of the contestants are talented in many ways, NO - there is no performing talent required.

Are you only looking for perfect 10’s?

Miss Hawai'i Island USA doesn’t believe that women can be assessed and compared by all one standard. We firmly believe and are committed to reinforcing the message that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and contexts. We are looking for young women that harness their individual talent, aesthetic and personalities so they represent Hawai'I Island, shining in their best light! This new generation of pageantry will be the most diverse one yet.

Do I need to have pageant experience to compete?

Quite often, our competitors are the “girls next door” with little or no pageant experience. On an almost annual basis, we have had girls winning who have never competed in pageants before. Our pageant is open to all young women who meet the eligibility requirements. You do not need to have previous pageant experience to participate.

If I win, will it interfere with school?

Absolutely not! We make school the number one priority! Our program only encourages your success. Almost all of your appearances, events, photo shoots, and volunteer and community work will take place during the weekend or after school which will be scheduled in advance However, at times we may be invited or notified last minute to events during school hours which are not mandatory to attend unless arrangements can be made.

What if I cannot afford to compete?

We will explain how to obtain sponsorships and offer many fund-raising ideas to cover competition costs - including entry fee and wardrobe. Your family, friends and local business leaders will be supportive when you share your goals with them.

How does sponsorship work?

Collecting sponsorship is very important. It takes a time commitment on your part. You start with a list of potential sponsors such as friends and family members and their employers, etc. Plan your strategy and make a plan to succeed! Schedule an appointment to collect your sponsorships. When approaching potential sponsors or preparing a sponsorship letter, explain your goals, your desire to improve yourself by participating in the Miss Hawai'i Island USA pageant, the charities you believe in and the scholarship opportunities. Let them know what your experience will entail. This will be extremely beneficial in developing your communication skills. This is an essential characteristic to have if you’re going to be the next Miss Hawai'i Island USA / Miss Hawai'i Island Teen USA. Our goal is for contestants to collect 100% of the entry fee and then some. This is a tax-deductible advertising expense for those businesses that assist you with sponsorship. If you work hard on collecting sponsorship, it is possible that you will not incur any expenses out of pocket. In addition, hardworking contestants receive material item sponsorships, such as a gown, dresses, accessories, hair services, etc.

What if I raise more money than the required entry fee?

If you raise more money than what's required for your entry fee, you may use the extra funds to cover any additional expenses associated with the pageant. Your overage may be used to purchase spotlight ads in the program book, or it may go to purchasing your wardrobe.

What should I do if a sponsor gives me cash as their sponsorship?

If you receive cash contributions, you can turn it in directly to a committee member when making a payment or you may put that money into a money order or send a personal check to pay for your entry fee, pageant tickets or program book ads. Please DO NOT send cash through the mail at any time.

Do I have to spend a fortune on outfits?

Not at all! Your competition Swimsuit (Miss) / Active Wear (Teen) are provided to you as part of your entry fee. You do not need to spend a fortune on your interview outfit or evening gown. It is most important to find outfits that you will feel confident in and that best suit you, your personality, your body type and your budget. The personal choice of gowns has spanned from simple, to elegant, to hand beaded. However, it is never the gown that the judges are scoring; it’s the young woman wearing it. You may be able to secure a sponsor for your wardrobe or maybe you have something in your closet that is appropriate.

Do I need to utilize the Pageant Partners when preparing for competition?

No. However, we do our best to seek out the best of the best when it comes to our Pageant Partners. We provide our Pageant Partner information to you only as a resource. We NEVER allow our Pageant Partners to discuss with us who their clients are.

Do I need a pageant coach to help me prepare?

Even though some contestants wish to seek expert advice, we do not see this reflected in the overall outcome of the pageant. Focus on being your “personal best!”. We also have workshops prior to the pageant where we work on walking, mock interviews, and more to help you prepare for the pageant.

What is required should I become one of the next Miss Hawai'i Island USA titleholders?

ALL Miss Hawai'i Island USA Organization titleholders will advance and must represent their title and Hawai'i Island at the Miss Hawaiʻi USA and Miss Hawaiʻi Teen USA State Pageant that is held on Oʻahu which is normally held during the Winter. All titleholders must complete her reign of one year or until the next pageant is held. Each titleholder will also receive a contract that will state what her requirements are as a Hawai'i Island USA Organization titleholder.

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