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Frequently Asked Questions About Miss Hawaii USA® and Miss Hawaii Teen USA®

Welcome to our FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about Miss Hawaii USA® and Miss Hawaii Teen USA® page. 

You'll find a list of our FAQs, including becoming a contestant, judging and criteria, sponsorship, pageant preparation, pageant weekend, and other general questions.

How do I become a contestant? 
The Miss Hawaii USA® and Miss Hawaii Teen USA® are open to all young women who meet the eligibility requirements.

Do I have to win a preliminary competition to compete?
You don't need to win a preliminary title or have previous pageant experience to participate in the State competition. 

However, we do conduct local preliminary pageants in some areas, so that you may gain experience and sponsorships to help you as you enter the State competition. 

For more information on participating in a local preliminary competition, you can contact one of our local preliminary Recruiting Directors.

Hawaii Island - Lani Walters 808-960-0039 -
Honolulu - Amber Stone 808-620-7265
Kauai - Avery Kano 808-639-1301
Maui - Arman Lat 808-385-2989 or Caroline Absalom 808-280-8832

Do I need to have pageant experience to compete in a Miss USA or Miss Teen USA pageant?
On the contrary! Quite often, our competitors are the “girls next door” with little or no pageant experience. Almost on an annual basis, we have girls winning who have never competed with us before.
When is the last day to apply?
The last day for submission of contestant applications is August 31, 2016.

Will the pageant be televised?
Yes. Dates TBA.

How is the pageant judged?
Each contestant will be judged in three areas of competition - interview, swimsuit, and evening gown. Judging criteria includes character, poise, confidence, and personality.
For more detailed information, please read more about our judging criteria described below.

Is there a talent portion of the competition?
No, there's no performing talent competition. There are three equally scored categories, including interview, swimsuit, and evening gown.

Are there any height or weight requirements to compete in the pageant?
Absolutely not! Whether you’re 4-feet or 7-feet tall, it doesn’t matter. In the swimsuit segment of the competition, the judges will be looking for physical fitness, which includes a healthy and fit body. 

There’s usually a wide range of body styles and types for the top 15 finalists each year. We’re looking for outgoing, intelligent, confident, and attractive young women who are excited to represent the state of Hawaii.

Am I too old or young to enter the pageant?
The judges are never directed, at any point of time, to consider age when choosing a State winner.  Age is only a factor in determining which division you'll compete.

How many contestants compete in the same pageant?
The number of contestants will vary from year-to-year. However, typically we have between 20 - 40 contestants in each division.

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 appointments to collect your sponsorships. 

When approaching potential sponsors, explain your goals, your desire to improve yourself by participating in the Miss Hawaii 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 Hawaii USA® or Miss Hawaii Teen USA®.
Our goal is for contestants to collect 100% of the sponsorship fee. This is a tax-deductible advertising expense for those businesses that assist you with sponsorship. 

If you work hard on collecting sponsorship, it's possible that you'll not incur any expenses out of pocket. In addition, hardworking contestants receive material item sponsorships, such as a dress, tanning, a haircut, etc.

What if I raise more money than the required sponsorship fee?
If you raise more money than required for your entry fee, you may use the extra funds to cover any additional expenses associated with the pageant. 

Your coverage may be used to purchase Spotlight ads in the program book, or may go to purchasing your wardrobe, or may just give you a little extra spending money.

What should I do if a sponsor gives me cash for my sponsorship fee?
If you receive cash contributions for your sponsorship fee, you may put that money into a money order or send a personal check. Please don't send cash through the mail at any time.

What if I simply can't 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.

Do I need a pageant coach to help me prepare?
Even though some contestants wish to seek expert advice, we don't see this reflected in the overall outcome of the pageant. Focus on being your “personal best!”

Do I need to shop the pageant sponsors when preparing for competition?
No. However, we do our best to seek out the best of the best when it comes to our sponsors. We provide our sponsor information to you only as a resource. We never allow our sponsors to discuss with us, who their clients are.

Do I have to spend a fortune on outfits?
Not at all! You don't need to spend a fortune on swimwear, an interview outfit, or an evening gown. It's most important to find outfits that you'll feel confident in and that best suit you and your personality. 

The personal choice of gowns has spanned from simple and elegant to hand-beaded. However, it is never the gown that the judges are scoring; it’s the young women wearing it. Again, several contestants have been able to secure a gown sponsor to assist them.

Do I need a different gown for finals than the one I wear for preliminaries?
No. We highly recommend wearing the same gown for both preliminaries and finals. Nearly all contestants at the state pageant wear the same gown for both.

What type of photo should I use for my official state pageant photo in the program book?
Most contestants will submit a professional “head-and-shoulders” style photo. However, a professional photo is not necessary. Just make sure there are no distractions in the background in your photo and that you are the sole subject.
A 5×7 or larger color photo should be emailed ( or mailed to the pageant office no later than 6 weeks prior to the pageant weekend.

What if I can't get my registration material in before the deadlines?
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, extensions of due dates are available when needed. If you need an extension, please call or email the pageant office.

What should my family and friends wear to the pageant?
We recommend anything from business casual to formal wear for the pageant preliminaries and pageant finals.

When will the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants be televised?
The Miss USA national pageant is typically televised in the spring or summer of each year. The Miss Teen USA national pageant is typically produced in July / August of each year but is not always televised. 

In 2008, the Miss Teen USA pageant began webcasting live from the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

Do only winners get selected for various modeling / talent opportunities and career benefits?
No! On a regular basis, we receive requests from modeling agencies and casting companies looking for young ladies for particular opportunities. We often recommend previous contestants to fill the requests.

If I win, will it interfere with school?
We make the school as number one priority! Our program only encourages your success! Almost all of your appearances, celebrity events, and charity work will take place during the weekends and will be scheduled in advance.

Pageant Info for Judging Criteria

Throughout the Miss USA pageant system, from the local level to the international level, delegates are judged in three equal areas:

Interview 33%
Pageant judges spend time with each delegate to learn about her successes, talents, goals, and ambitions. Attention is focused on her poise, charm, self-confidence, and her ability to communicate, as well as the substance of her answers.

Swimsuit (Miss) / Active Wear (Teens) 33%
Attention is focused on the beauty of face, figure, physical fitness and the confidence with which each contestant carries herself. Numerical measurements are not considered in the judging.

Evening Gown 33%
Each delegate wears a gown she has chosen for herself. Attention is focused on each contestant’s overall appearance, self-confidence, sense of style, and the beauty she brings to the gown of her choice.

There's no performing talent competition and no previous pageant experience is necessary.

The Miss Hawaii USA® and Miss Hawaii Teen USA®organizers are looking for diverse young women who are not only beautiful but intelligent and willing to share their hearts and minds as ambassadors of our state and nation. 

Winning titles of this magnitude catapults young women to instant fame where they automatically and instantly become role models. 

It's important that they understand that along with the prizes and glamour, comes a responsibility to the pageant system, sponsors, community, and to the state of Hawaii. 

There's no end to the possibilities and opportunities, and their year as titleholders is certain to be one full of personal growth and development.
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Go through our FAQs. If you have any questions unanswered, contact Miss Hawaii USA Pageant today!
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