K5 The Home Team presents LIVE coverage of Miss Hawaii 2006 on Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm from the Coral Ballroom at theHilton Hawaiian Village. KHNL News 8 anchor Howard Dashefsky hosts the evening as 14 women compete for the title and opportunity to become the new Miss America in Las Vegas next January.
Miss Hawaii is the official preliminary to Miss America, the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation’s leading achievement programs. This year, the Miss Hawai’i Scholarship Program is offering more than $100,000 in cash scholarships and tuition grants. Each contestant will compete in swimsuit, talent, evening wear, and personal interview. In addition, each contestant is required to select a “platform” for which she is an advocate during her year of service as Miss Hawaii.
A contestant must first qualify by winning one of the “local” preliminary pageants held statewide. This year’s contestants holding local titles are:
Jill Lesley Pascua, Miss Maui
Nicole Cabral, Miss Kahala
Sky Leimana Ritte-Camara, Miss Molokai
Kauionalani Ramos, Miss West Oahu
Brandie Cazimero, Miss North Shore
Keaolani Mento, Miss Leeward
Rebecca Ynigues, Miss Kona Coffee
Sheri Canopin, Miss VIP
Ashley Layfield, Miss Island Oahu
Pilialoha Gaison, Miss Island Ilima
Natasha Akau, Miss East Oahu
Jasmine Ornellas, Miss Kauai
Ana Marie Tsukano, Miss Honolulu
Angela Everhart, Miss Garden Isle.
Hawaii entered the Miss America Organization with its first contestant in 1948. Since then, Hawaii has placed in the top ten 14 times; has had one 1st Runner Up Finalist, Kanoelani Gibson, Miss Hawaii 2003 and has had two Miss Americas, Carolyn Sapp, Miss Hawaii 1991, and Angela Perez Baraquio, Miss Hawaii 2000.
Miss Hawai’i 2006 will rebroadcast on Saturday, June 10 at 10:30pm on K5 The Home Team.