Rubin, 25, is a native of Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i, where
she was raised by her mother, who had moved to Kaua‘i
from New York. Rubin believes that none of her success thus
far would have been possible had her mother not instilled in
her the value of hard work.
I don’t want to be cliché,” said Rubin, “but
my mom really is the most inspirational person I know. She
inspires me to be a better person.”
Rubin knew she wanted to be Miss Hawai‘i at an early
age, and by working hard and setting both short- and long-term
goals, she achieved success. Everything she did—dressing
and carrying herself as a Miss Hawai‘i would, doing internships,
and volunteering–was to prepare herself to one day be
I felt I was capable,” said Rubin, who won the scholarship
pageant on her fourth attempt in 2004. “I envisioned
myself as Miss Hawai‘i and I wanted it."
Rubin is no stranger to hard work. At 17, in what would be
her biggest challenge, she moved from Kaua‘i to Honolulu
to begin college and a career. Being alone in a big city, by
Hawai‘i standards, and having to provide for herself,
was a true test of her determination.
I had to learn how to network myself and get my name out there,” said
Seven years later, Rubin has her own car, apartment and cat,
and hopes to begin reporting once she graduates in spring 2007
with a degree in speech communication.
Rubin’s schedule, more than a year after she gave up
her crown, is still very demanding. She just completed the
pilot for a sitcom, The Tide is High, which is slated to debut
soon on local television station OC16. In the show Rubin plays
Cassandra, the love interest of former Baywatch Hawai‘istar,
Rubin is also the new host of Kimo’s Vegas, also shown
on OC16, and is working on co-chairing and hosting a benefit
for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i, one of the many
organizations for which she is a volunteer.
I love being busy and feeling like I’m accomplishing
things,” she said.
Rubin accepts that she is a role model for young women, and
gives this advice: “Really define what you want to
do and where you want to be in the future. Focus on your
and dreams. If you literally see yourself achieving those
goals, then you can make it happen.”