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Two students crowned in local pageants

by Kalamalama staff

Two HPU students were crowned at the first-ever “Miss East O‘ahu/Miss Kahala” pageant, one of the steps on the path to Miss Hawai‘i and Miss America.

“Thanks to years of support from HPU, young women from all the islands have been able to obtain a college education,” said Kellie Peterson, the new Miss East O‘ahu. “For myself, and for many other contestants, being a part of the HPU ‘ohana is a big step towards achieving our individual goals.”

 

On Feb. 14, Peterson and Radasha Ho‘ohuli were crowned at the Paliku Theater in Kane‘ohe. Ho‘ohuli, a pre-med student and former Kalamalama editor, won “Miss Kahala” title. Peterson was crowned “Miss East O‘ahu.”

Like the Miss USA system, the Miss Hawai‘i pageant system is oriented toward education.

According to Peterson, the young women who participated every year don’t just form friendships and crate memories that will last a lifetime, they also learn new skills, overcome obstacles, develop strengths, and become part of a larger tradition.

“ But,” Peterson said, “none of these young women would have this opportunity without the support of local institutions. “They work hard,” she added, and, through their platforms, “encourage excellence in our communities, our nation, and our world.”

Peterson’s platform promotes financial literacy education. Ho‘ohuli’s is building character through volunteerism. Each of the young women will serve a year in their office, a time during which they will be active in support of their platforms.

 

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