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by Jermel Quillopo, staff writer

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 Miss Hawai‘i.

“ 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 Rubin.
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, Kala‘i Miller.

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 goals and dreams. If you literally see yourself achieving those goals, then you can make it happen.”



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