Last year, HPU student Juliet Lighter won the Miss Hawaii
USA 2002 title and Michioka was the first runner-up. The year
before that, Kristy Leonard won the Miss Hawaii USA 2001
title and Michioka was a top five finalist. As a teen, Michioka
ran for the Miss Hawaii Teen USA 1994 Pageant and was
Many mere mortals would have given up.
In an interview after her first runner-up showing in 2001,
Michioka voiced her plans on future pageants. Actually,
this was my last pageant. Im getting married this year,
But with victory and the title fluttering in front of her like
a tantalizing butterfly, and considering her extremely strong
competitive spirit, it was no wonder she changed her plans to
give it one last shot.
I talked to Matt [her fiancé] and told him I was
going to run one more time, she said last year. If
I didnt, it would haunt me for the rest of my life.
A few days before the pageant, Michioka accomplished another
one of her goals by graduating from HPU with a degree in advertising
and journalism. The multi-talented Michioka also earned a minor
in theatre and performed in a number of HPU Theatre events.
Theatre is my real passion, she once confessed.
As her reign as Miss Hawaii USA begins, her reign as
Kalamalama business manager ends; but her legacy could never
The Miss Hawaii USA Pageant is held concurrently with
Miss Hawaii Teen USA which was won by incoming HPU freshman
Erin Madden, a 17- year-old Punahou senior.
The winners of both pageants go on to a national pageant, and
the winner of the national pageant for the Miss division goes
on to Miss Universe.