Miss Hawaii Teen USA
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss Teen USA
Official language
WebsiteOfficial website
Ki'ilani Arruda, Miss Hawaii Teen USA and Miss Teen USA 2020
Courtney Coleman, Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2011
Serena Karnagy, Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2007
Kelly Hu, Miss Hawaii Teen USA 1985, prior to winning the Miss Teen USA 1985 title

The Miss Hawaii Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Hawaii in the Miss Teen USA pageant.

Although Hawaii has made the cut fewer times than many states, they have achieved a number of high placings. Hawaii Teen USAs have been quite successful at Miss Teen USA, and are ranked fifteenth in terms of number and value of placements [1] and were ranked third in the 1980s [2]. Kelly Hu won the competition in 1985 becoming the 3rd state that won the Miss Teen USA title for the first time and Kiʻilani Arruda won in 2020 becoming the 38th Miss Teen USA titleholder, while two other Hawaii teens have placed as first runner-up.

Kelly Hu was the first Hawaii teen to cross over to Miss Hawaii USA, and she was also the most successful. Only three other Teens have competed at Miss USA.

NoeLani Denisi of Kahului was crowned Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2023 on January 15, 2023 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. She will represent Hawaii for the title of Miss Teen USA 2023.

Results summary


Hawaii holds a record of 11 placements at Miss Teen USA.



Year Name Hometown Age1 Placement at Miss Teen USA Special awards at Miss Teen USA Notes
2023 NoeLani Denisi Kahului 18
2022 Malulani Paiste Mililani 18 Top 16
2021 Tia Bustamante Kaneohe 18
2020 Kiʻilani Arruda Kapaʻa 17 Miss Teen USA 2020 2nd Runner Up in 2019
2019 Leimakamae Freitas Honolulu 17
2018 Kylyn Rapoza Hilo 17
2017 Lauren Teruya Kāhala 18 Sister of Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2012 and Miss Hawaii 2017 Kathryn Teruya

4th runner-up at Miss Hawaii 2021[1]

Later Miss Hawaii 2022 and Top 11 at Miss America 2023

2016 Joahnnalee Ucol Maui 16 First 1st generation immigrant to be crowned Miss Hawaii Teen USA
2015 Kyla Hee Honolulu 17 Daughter of Miss Hawaii 1987 Luana Alapa
2014 Mariah Gosling Honolulu 18
2013 Samantha Neyland Honolulu 17 Top 16
2012 Kathryn Teruya Kāhala 15 Top 16
  • Sister of Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2017, Lauren Teruya
  • Later Miss Hawaii 2017
2011 Courtney Coleman Moanalua 17 Miss Photogenic Represented Hawaii in Miss International 2017
2010 Julianne Chu Kāhala 18
2009 Ashley Moser[2][3] Hawai'i Kai 17 Miss Congeniality[3]
2008 Emma Wo Honolulu 18 Later Miss Hawaii USA 2015
2007 Serena Karnagy Honolulu 16 Top 15 Represented Hawaii in Miss International 2008.
2006 Hannah Thomas Honolulu 17
2005 Melissa Benz Honolulu 18
2004 Sonya Balmores[4] Kalaheo 18 1st runner-up
2003 Camille Peraro Honolulu 17 Top 10
2002 Erin Madden Kailua 17
2001 Alana Paulo-Tamashiro Honolulu 16
2000 Lauren Madden Kailua 18
1999 Aureana Tseu Mililani 15 Later Miss Hawaii USA 2009
1998 Toby Pohaikealoha Carter Mililani 17
1997 Mahana Walters Pupukea 17 2nd runner-up
1996 Monica Ivey Mililani 17
1995 Sara Kirby
1994 Emily Elizabeth Huff
1993 Juliana Maili Kaulukukui Honolulu 18 Top 6 Miss Congeniality
1992 Cameo DeCosta
1991 Trini-Ann Kaopuiki 18 Later Miss Hawaii USA 1999
1990 Sunny Kanaʻiaupuni
1989 Paulette Dean
1988 Michelle Wong
1987 Leslie-Ann Lum Honolulu Later 1st runner up at Miss Hawaii USA 1997. Assumed the Miss Hawaii USA 1997 title when Brook Lee became Miss USA 1997 (later Miss Universe 1997).
1986 Michelle Hardin[5]
1985 Kelly Hu Honolulu 16 Miss Teen USA 1985 Later Miss Hawaii USA 1993, finished 3rd runner-up at Miss USA 1993
1984 Malia Yamamura Honolulu 16 1st runner-up
1983 Erika Matich Honolulu

1 Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant


  1. ^ "Courtney Choy crowned Miss Hawaii 2021". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 2021-05-16. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  2. ^ "Miss Hawaii Teen USA sees win as missionary opportunity". The Deseret News. 2009-04-08.
  3. ^ a b "Three LDS teens compete in pageant". Deseret News. August 3, 2009.
  4. ^ "Fil-Am beauty in new series is former Miss Hawaii Teen USA". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2007-09-26.
  5. ^ "Miss Hawaii Teen". The Albany Sunday Herald. 1985-12-18.